Ashton Hagans was great in Kentucky’s win over UAB. The Cats’ sophomore point guard set a new career-high in assists with 12 to raise his per-game average to almost seven. He also saw a three-pointer go in for the second straight game, in addition to his usual contributions on the defensive end.
If there is a better point guard in the country, John Calipari wants to meet him.
After the game, Calipari said, “We could say there are better point guards in the country, but you got to tell me who you’re talking about. Because when you defend the way he defends and you’re as tough as he is, he went 12 assists, two turnovers. He’s shooting 47 percent from the floor and he missed all those threes early.
“I need to know who is better than him,” he continued. “Like, I don’t see it. I mean, I, oh, this kid and that kid and that kid. Well, let me tell you, you win games with guys like him. You do.”
Cal also said it is nice to have a Tyrese Maxey to slide right in for Hagans on the rare occasion Hagans takes a breather. Maxey had four assists of his own against UAB with zero turnovers. Cal saw those numbers and wished for six assists next time, but was very pleased with the ratio.
As a team, Kentucky had 19 assists for a second game in a row.
Here’s what Ashton Hagans said about his big night: