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Threes will be the name of the game again tomorrow

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.


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22 Comments for Threes will be the name of the game again tomorrow

    12:28 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    We cant shoot any worse. They cant shoot any better. I like my team.

  2. Melvit
    12:29 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Arizona played lackluster defense against Buffalo and it looks like 15 is the most 3 pointers Buffalo has hit in a game all season. Kentucky’s defense will stifle them and UK will win.

  3. Kat4Life
    12:36 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Look……I agree, on paper we should absolutely be able to handle these guys, BUT they are playing with enormous confidence and certainly “playing with house money”……point is, we gotta take this game very, very seriously. These Buffalo guys are junior/senior players who just knocked off a “Final Four” pick. We need to respect that, and take care of business……Vegas has us winning by 6, and frankly that sounds about right. Now……once we get to Catlanta, it’s a whole different ballgame, we’ll have 15,000+ screaming Cat fans behind us…..just gotta make sure we get past Buffalo first.

    • check
      1:14 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely agree with you. They must be taken seriously. We also need to get some swag.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:35 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Arizona is done. They have six players leaving to either the draft, or graduation and they have zero commitments. Sean Miller is likely headed to FBI investigation for payment to Bowen (not ayton), and he is likely to be fired at the end of the season. Miller knew it, players new, and so did Buffalo. Don’t let last nights game for you and how good Buffalo is, Arizona simply shit the bed

  4. BigBlueNationDude
    1:16 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Cal says “we are a good shooting basketball team”. Anyone else think this is comedy?

    • Cals Hoverboard
      1:28 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      The only thing comical here is you, NumbNuts.

    • catsarerunnin
      1:56 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Slater who does UL play in the NIT?

    • UK Big Board Update
      4:26 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Look who’s still mad.

    • makeitstop
      8:45 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      His 3rd best shooting team – better than a couple of the Final Four teams and while they don’t take as many 3’s they make a better percentage than last year and 2014 and the 38-1 squad in 2015. So have they been disappointing at times? Yes. Are they poor shooting? No. They’re actually one of his better shooting teams. They throw the ball away too often and get outrebounded at times and fall asleep the last 10 seconds of the shot clock on D, all valid but poor shooting? Nope. And they are getting better at protecting the ball and staying locked in the whole possession. So no, he’s not joking he’s just paying attention to his team.

  5. jaws2
    1:59 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah, they’re shooting a ‘lowly’ 47% on the year. Catastrophic!

  6. gasman01
    2:06 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Gabriel the X Factor in this game. If he’s shooting well, we will win this game.

    • Angelo
      4:11 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Gabe from the top of the key for three!! If he misses we rebound and dunk!!

  7. Jiminy Crickets
    2:18 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Ayton is a beast, a generational talent. But Sean miller is a godawful coach, and they literally play streetball in Arizona. It’s why Arizona has had “The most talented team in the tournament” for three of the last five years, yet their best finish is an elite eight. This year they barely won the PAC12, which was god awful. Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama would beat Buffalo on a given night. So although there’s always a chance of an upset, it would be an upset of pretty high proportion if the cats lose

    • damage_control
      5:31 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      So how many “generational talents” have there been in the last 5 years? I’ve heard it describe at least 10 players. Davis- generational talent, Embiid generational talent, Simmons- generational talent, Wiggins- generational talent, KAT, Greek freak, Durant, Curry, Lebron, etc etc- JUST HOW MANY GENERATIONAL TALENTS DOES ONE GENEATION GET!?!?

    • damage_control
      5:32 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      The answer is one and Ayton ain’t it.

    • Aar
      6:47 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      IMHO, this generation has only one Generational Talent and his name is Lebron James. Before that, there was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Didn’t experience earlier generations. Not exactly Big Blue loyal but probably fair. If only Sam Bowie had stronger tibias!

    • damage_control
      10:48 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      I’m just getting so tired of hearing it about every elite level player. By definition generational means once a generation so it’s just lazy to label every hot young player as such. BTW- Lebron & not Jordan eh? I guess it depends where you choose to divide the generations but I’d give it to Jordan without hesitation because I consider them part of the same generation.

  8. Jiminy Crickets
    2:32 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky’s biggest problem is taking their foot off the gas. They dominated the first half, and they came out flat. Then they were up 11 points with under a minute to go, and Davidson cut it to three twice. If these young cats, can simply stay focused for 40 minutes, I’m not worried about this game at all

    • Aar
      6:48 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      I thought they started looking forward to Arizona at half time.

  9. TB112162
    5:48 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Jimmy Crickets both statements are correct and by the way Davidson would also beat Buffalo

  10. makeitstop
    8:57 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Buffalo’s pressure on the ball and double teaming Ayton denied him the ball on entry passes, which he needs. He can’t put on the floor and get to the rack. He’s great but he needs an entry pass. I think they pressure our guards like that and we can put in on the floor and attack or finish at the rim bc we have big guards and wings apart from Green. And PJ can put in on the floor, as he did last night. Richards waits for an entry pass like Ayton but if he just holds his position he’ll be in position to pick up garbage points on missed layups as the guards and wings come down the lane or the baseline. AU had a lot of talent too but they didn’t adjust to the pressure and we will.