If I told you Kentucky would be able to beat a team on the road by 20 without a single point from their leading scorer, would you believe me? Well, it happened tonight.
Keldon Johnson, who leads the team in scoring this season with 14.6 points, was 0-6 in 27 minutes tonight. He did have three rebounds, two assists, and a steal, but that zero in the points column jumped right out at John Calipari when he glanced at the box score in the postgame press conference. In true Cal form, he turned it into a positive.
“Oh, he had a goose egg. Ewww! He didn’t have any. Oh, man. Isn’t that great? Because he’s one of our best players. But you have these nights. You know who went in and played well for him? Jemarl Baker. Played well. Here’s what I said last night to them. Here’s the greatest thing about our team is we’ve got guys. And if one of you guards doesn’t play well, we have another guard that can play well. If one of you bigs isn’t playing well or two of you, we still have enough guys.
“So you have to worry about getting yourself ready to play for our team. If you’re playing that well, we’ll have a little rotation, maybe some guys get a little less minutes than the other, but the great thing about this program historically, last ten years, is numbers doesn’t matter. If you can play, it isn’t how many points or shots or rebounds. Because of Keldon played this well, no one will think less of him. He had no points and they’re gonna still say, that kid is one of the best in the country. He had no points. That’s the greatest thing about here.”