Charles Matthews provided 16 quality minutes off the bench, scoring 7 points and grabbing 5 rebounds, three on the offensive end. Watching him sink a jump shot was startling, but it’s not what caught Calipari’s eye.
“I thought Charles Matthews was outstanding today, and it’s not because he made shots. It’s because he came up with balls and he blocked shots. He did some good stuff. I’m happy for him.”
Jamal Murray was spectacular shooting the ball, knocking down 6 of 10 threes and 8 of 14 shots. Calipari attributes it to better shot selection.
He’s cut out the silly off-balance shots and unorthodox finger-rolls, but one time he couldn’t resist. “It’s like crack cocaine, I gotta do this!” Calipari joked about his base-line runner that came up short. “He flipped it over, had no chance of making it, but he’s getting better.”
Cal added that he appreciates his defensive effort. “He’s trying, he’s getting better defensively. We’re scrambling better.”
Luckily the Cats did not have to scramble too much tonight to get the win.