How did Buffalo beat Arizona? By forcing them to shoot the three. Expect them to do the exact same thing tomorrow vs. Kentucky.
“They were 312th in the country in percentage of points from 3,” Buffalo head coach Nate Oats said of Arizona. “We wanted to make them shoot a lot of 3s. We’re fortunate that they shot 2-for-18. And some of that was due to us and some they just missed.”
Kentucky ranks 344th in percentage of points from three (20.6%) and went 0-6 from behind the arc yesterday. While it’s impressive that the Cats were able to score 78 points without hitting a three, John Calipari said Kentucky can’t survive another poor performance from beyond the arc.
“We can’t go 0-for from the 3-point line. You have to make some shots. And I always say this: You don’t have to make them all. You just can’t miss them all. You can’t miss every one. And then you can’t miss them bad because they’re demoralizing. This is a good shooting team. But we only took six. If we took 6 more we’d have been 6-12.”
On the flip side, Buffalo hit 15 threes vs. Arizona, meaning the Cats will have to once again have to clamp down on the perimeter. Davidson hit 11 threes yesterday, which may sound like a lot until you consider they attempted 33. When Kentucky took its foot off the gas in the second half, Jon Axel Gudmundsson hit four threes a row, a lapse the Cats cannot afford tomorrow.
“When Gudmundsson made four in a row, we were like, Guys, is anybody watching the game?” Cal said. “And then — well, he was lucky. Lucky? He just made four in a row. He’s not lucky; get up and make him put it on the floor.”
And hopefully don’t go 0-6 again.