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Shooting still a concern after last night’s win

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Along with interior defense, Kentucky’s shooting woes have been one their biggest detriments of the season. Though they were able to right the ship against Louisville (hitting 50% of their 3s), last night’s game was another step back for the young Wildcats. Kentucky shot just 28% (7/25) from 3 point land and 50% (10/20) from the foul line.

Clearly, the bad shooting didn’t play much of a factor in last night’s outcome. Kentucky showed a lot of improvement in their defense and rebounding – which were enough for them to route Ole Miss. Still, a poor shooting night could spell disaster in the single-elimination climate of March, so one hopes to see more consistent play going forward.

Currently, UK is only hitting 31.3% of their shots behind the line, which ranks 280th in the country. What gives?

Well, aside from a few individuals who are struggling, part of it can be blamed on the shortened shot clock. Kentucky is still taking a lot of time to get into their offense, which results in a lot of desperate three point attempts before the clock expires (with many of them coming from Ulis). Luckily, this problem should be corrected as the team gains more experience in their offensive sets before March, which will result in better shots.

Right now, Cal seems to be primarily focused on fixing UK’s defensive and rebounding problems. Judging by last night’s outcome, that’s been a wise choice.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

9 Comments for Shooting still a concern after last night’s win

  1. TJ_Brady
    5:26 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    7/25 doesn’t equal 25%

    • Caleb Epley
      5:34 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

      Corrected. Thanks.

  2. SanDiegoCats
    5:56 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Chill out TJ

  3. smokindave
    5:58 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve heard Cal say before that he tells his players that, if they can’t hit free throws, he can’t put them in late in a game. Seems like some of these kids aren’t taking that to heart. When they fall behind-and they will-throwing up bricks from the line won’t get you back in the game.

  4. sa_hunt
    6:10 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Why not use a picture from last night’s game?

  5. rainman
    8:40 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Would help if Cal told Briscoe, if you can’t make a freethrow, you can’t shoot threes!

    • WeareBBN
      11:37 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

      EXACTLY, winner comment here. Amazes me that coaches, at all levels, allow players to shoot 3’s when these same players can’t make at least 75% of their free throws. Briscoe has a horrible shot and if Cal is the coach all say he is why don’t we correct his shooting form. Granted it should have been done long before now but it needs done, he will never be a good shooter with his current form.

  6. roundballwiz
    8:44 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    Why does Cal continue to recruit kids who can drive the ball, but can’t hit their FT’s? Briscoe is an example. And what happened to the Juco kid who was supposed to be a 3 point whiz?

  7. Wdkaatfan1
    9:50 pm January 3, 2016 Permalink

    This team may very well need to hang its hat on defense.