After leading the team in scoring in the Bahamas and again in the Blue-White scrimmage, Tyler Herro had his first cold night of his young Kentucky career in the Cats’ first exhibition game Friday night. The fan favorite scored only four points and missed all four of his three-point tries, but Coach Cal sees it as an opportunity to learn.
“It’s a lesson,” Cal said of Herro’s offensive struggles against Transy. Cal told him it’s not high school anymore and at this level you have to know right away if you have a shot or not.
“He went 1-for-8,” Cal said. “Now, understand, why did I go 1-for-8? You know, what it was? Some of them, I wasn’t ready, or they were too tight for me because I wasn’t ready to shoot it. I thought he had two that he should have let go they then bounced and made it a tougher shot. But this is all new.”
It wasn’t just Herro who couldn’t hit shots. The entire team combined to shoot 1-for-13 from beyond the arc in the game. This isn’t a team that needs to hit a lot of three-pointers, Cal said, but making them will really extend the lead on their opponents.
“This might be my best shooting team in a while,” Cal added. “One of the things I’ve told them, though; the good news is we don’t rely on three-point shooting. There are teams that do. We don’t. So we could go 1-for-13 and still score a lot of points because of how we play. But that is the one thing that gives us a gap.”