Last night’s loss to LSU was ugly. Just painful to watch, really. To show you how bad it was, I took another look at the box score. Some of the most offensive (and telling) stats:
ðŸ’© Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, and Skal Labissiere: 7 points, 8 rebounds, 7 turnovers, and 12 fouls
- Marcus Lee: 0-2, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 5 fouls, 5 minutes
- Alex Poythress: 2-3, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 5 fouls, 26 minutes
- Skal Labissiere: 1-3, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 16 minutes
It’s pretty impossible to win when your bigs are doing that. And by “that,” I mean very little.
ðŸ’© Isaiah Briscoe’s Free Throw Shooting
Briscoe was 1-7 from the line last night, yet another pitiful shooting performance. For the season, Briscoe is 18-51 for 35% and an even worse 19% from three-point land. I’m starting to think Calipari was lying about him being a 78% free throw shooter in high school.
ðŸ’© What happened to Charles Matthews?
Matthews was 0-0 from the field for 0 points with 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover and 1 foul in 7 minutes. I get that he’s a freshman and probably freaked out in a hostile environment, but surely we could have used him for more than 7 minutes?
ðŸ’© 32% shooting in the first half
It was ugly from the start.
ðŸ’© Only 14 points off five shots from Ben Simmons
Before the game, if you had told me Kentucky would hold Simmons to 14 points, I’d feel really, really good about the Cats’ chances; however, even with Simmons out of commission for most of the first half, Kentucky couldn’t make any noise, a disappointing sign.
ðŸ’© Points in the paint: LSU 44, UK 24
Not to harp on the bigs, but come on, guys.
ðŸ’© 18 points
The final score was 85-67. That 18-point differential makes last night’s loss the third most lopsided in the John Calipari Era behind the 30-point loss at Tennessee on February 16, 2013 and the 19-point loss at Florida on March 8, 2014.