Jamal Murray was the only thing working for Kentucky today. Murray finished with 33 points off 12-20 from the floor, 6-10 from the three-point line. In the first half, he had 21 points, the most in a first half by any player in the John Calipari era. When a reporter asked Calipari if Vandy adjusted their defense to contain Murray in the second half, he went on a bit of a rant.
“No, he scored 33 points. They didn’t adjust–He scored 33. He scored 33 points. He still scored in the second half. He got grabbed a bunch, there weren’t calls. He did fine. What do you think, he should get 50?”
Murray deferred when asked if he got tired in the second half, but he did say that he noticed the team seemed worn out in the hours leading up to tip-off.
“We weren’t on point. We weren’t sharp. Coming into the game, coming into shoot-around, guys were just kind of laboring and stuff, looked fatigued. That should be no issue, but it looked like an issue today.”
Unfortunately, it’s another quick turnaround. Kentucky will head home tonight, get a day of rest, and then head to Gainesville for Tuesday night’s matchup against Florida.