Andrew Harrison surprised everyone when he stole the show this afternoon against Tennessee with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. What might be more impressive is Andrew made all 10 of his free throw attempts.
Andrew was 7-13 from the field and 2-3 from behind the arc. In the post-game conference Cal had nothing but nice things to say about Andrew.
“Andrew did an unbelievable job in free throws. What he did in pick and rolls is he got in the lane, he made the right plays, he had no turn overs and had big shots,” he said. “He played like a point guard. He got better today, he really did.”
Cal joked with media when asked what was different about free throw shooting, especially with Andrew.
“We did something unique. We went in the pool and put on pool baskets in, it worked,” he said. “And if you believe that I have got great land for you to sell”
It seems he is a little annoyed by all the free throw shooting questions. Those questions should be limited for now, however, seeing how UK went 23-24 in free throw shooting today.
Cal says he believes everything they have been trying to teach Andrew the past few months is finally coming together, stating that Andrew is a big guy and it always takes the bigger guys longer to learn.
“We have been trying to teach him the pace of the game and how fast you have to go off the screen. He was messing with the ball and not covering any ground or putting any pressure,” he said. “And we’ve just been working for weeks on teaching him that.”
Aaron Harrison ‘saved the game’ after Julius Randle could not give the ball up quick enough due to so much coverage from Tennessee players. Because of this Cal decided to change the spread, and go to Harrison in the second half. Good thing his plan worked. Harrison scored 16 points in the second half alone to give him a career-high 26 points.
Even Tennessee head coach, Cuonzo Martin couldn’t avoid the topic of Harrison’s performance today.
“I have to give him credit for making the adjustment,” he said. “He made the plays that really got them over the hump.”
On the season, Harrison averages 11.5 points and 3.5 assists per game, but that number has increased over the past few games. When asked about his teammate Randle said he believes Harrison is finally stepping up, being a leader and helping the team.
While today’s game might have been his best, Harrison believes he still has work to do. Post-game he stated he wants to work on being more aggressive of a player.