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Tyler Herro was huge for Kentucky, and it’s only partially-reflected on his stat sheet

What a night for Tyler Herro. The freshman guard was solid from start to finish and was steady across the board. Yes, he finished with 15 points, but his biggest contribution came from the sheer energy he brought to the court. His defense was consistently strong throughout his 32 minutes of action.

While “hustle” typically can’t be fully represented on a stat line, it can definitely be seen in a player’s rebounding numbers. Herro finished with an astonishing 13 rebounds, good for a career-high for Herro and a game-high for the team.

“I’m happy for Tyler – this is a big game for Tyler,” Calipari said after the game. “Forget about baskets made and all that – it was a big game. He got 13 rebounds.”

That magic number 13 was Herro’s best performance of the season by far. His previous record was nine boards, which came against Duke way back in November. On the season, Herro’s averaging around four rebounds per game, but Coach Cal said effort made the difference Saturday night.

“If you don’t attempt to rebound, you’re not going to get the rebound,” Calipari said. “How about that? We’re charting attempts to get guys to go make an effort to go get them.”

According to Calipari, the Kentucky staff keeps track of how many rebounds (offensive and defensive) each player attempts, in addition to how many they actually pull in per game. Sometimes in the past, they’ve seen players’ attempts go down as their point totals go up, specifically citing PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson. But Calipari seemed happy with Herro’s “attempt percentage” tonight.

“He was fighting for balls. It was a good effort.”

The best part? It looked like Herro was having an absolute ball. Notorious for embracing the villain role on the road, Herro found a way to be himself inside Rupp Arena. He only drained one three-point bucket, but, as per usual, it came at a big moment. He was trash talking the other team, clapping in their faces and diving on the floor. He finished 8-9 from the free-throw line, his first miss since the North Carolina game on Dec. 22, and he was genuinely upset about it after the game. After making 30 straight free throws, that one will bug him. But it didn’t take away from the joy of this win.

At one point in the game, he literally skipped to the bench. By the end of the game, he was having so much fun, he basically ran to the free-throw line with a big grin plastered on his face. He beat the rest of the court there by several seconds, just waiting for his chance to clinch his first double-double as a Wildcat.

Beating the No. 1 team in the nation is incredibly fun, and Tyler Herro showed it.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

22 Comments for Tyler Herro was huge for Kentucky, and it’s only partially-reflected on his stat sheet



  1. Ridge Runner
    11:40 pm February 16, 2019 Permalink

    Kid continues to impress as season moves along.



  2. truetotheblue
    11:42 pm February 16, 2019 Permalink

    He my favorite he going to be special if he stays another year or two.I get tired just watching him play he is always on the move.most active player on floor.great job tyler.



    • J. Did
      11:01 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. Needs another year at KENTUCKY before going pro.



  3. Ridge Runner
    11:48 pm February 16, 2019 Permalink

    Tyler had moved up to #6 all time…

    1 Travis Ford (1992-93 to 1993-94) 50
    2 Jim Master (1981-82) 40
    3 Jodie Meeks (2008-09) 36
    4 Ed Davender (1987-88) 33
    5 Kyle Macy (1978-79 to 1979-80) 32
    6 Tyler Herro (this yr) 30



    • Ridge Runner
      11:49 pm February 16, 2019 Permalink

      Sorry.. consecutive free throws I meant to add…



    • friendsofcoal
      12:22 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Amazing for a freshman!



    • syrin23
      12:27 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Someone else here made this point earlier this year, but it’s really true. After he switched from Wisconsin to UK, he received a ton of hate in his home state and on the road which I think has made him incredibly mentally tough well beyond his years.



    • StayBlue
      12:10 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Wow, he was moving up amongst the greats. Thx RR



  4. syrin23
    12:22 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    There is one thing that just baffles me about Tyler. The dude gets into the point for WIDE open mid range jumpers better than anyone on the team. he shoots 92% from the FT, but his mid range jump shot percent has to be in the teens. If he gets this percent to around 85% like it should be, he will dominate all opposition.



    • syrin23
      12:22 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      point = paint



    • J. Did
      11:07 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. Good point / paint.

      Kid can play and is not afraid to shoot.

      He is more art than science.

      Like a musician, he feels.



    • dballrb
      3:48 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

      White chocolate 2.0..



  5. Bluebloodtoo
    12:44 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    That’s an interesting point… But which is the chicken , and which the egg? Having fun and playing good, that is.



  6. BBNJustin
    1:00 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    He reminds me Jodi Meeks the way he moves without the ball.



  7. kyfrydaddy
    1:33 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Where’s BigoleTroll? Ain’t heard a peep from that loser! Hopefully they took that idiot back to Knoxville with the rest of the losers!!! GO CATS!!!



  8. kuhlkat
    1:40 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Herro plays hard. Love the kid. Once he can hit a pull up in the paint his game will be complete



    • Luether
      2:08 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      You gotta love the pure joy he brings to the court…



    • catsarerunnin
      9:35 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say you don’t really mean that….



  9. Racerr11
    6:10 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Tyler is a great player if he can ever hit shots consistently he will be tough. Thanks Cal for coaching him up.



  10. catsarerunnin
    8:04 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    Love how hard he plays. Go Cats!!!!



  11. CPACAT
    9:12 am February 17, 2019 Permalink

    He definitely needs to follow the PJ model of 2 and done, thereby increasing his draft stock immensely.



  12. catlaska
    12:02 pm February 17, 2019 Permalink

    He was amazing