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What makes Tyler Herro so dominant away from home?

Feb 2, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Herro (14) drives to the basket against the Florida Gators during the first half at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Going into the year, especially after his impressive scoring display in the Bahamas, we knew Kentucky guard Tyler Herro would be one of the team’s best shot-makers and quite possibly the Wildcats’ leading scorer.

Tonight, the talented freshman shooting guard out of Wisconsin produced yet another impressive scoring performance against SEC rival Florida.

Herro finished with a game-high 19 points on a ridiculously efficient 6-of-8 shooting, including three of four makes from beyond the arc. It was his 16th game of the season finishing in double-figures and seventh game with three or more made three-pointers. To put the icing on the cake, Herro (4-4 tonight) has converted on 28 consecutive attempts from the free throw line. (For the record, he’s now 41 of 45 on the year, good for 91.1 percent on the year. Kyle Macy holds the career record at UK with 91.2 percent, followed by Travis Ford at 91.1 percent)

When you take a closer look at the numbers, however, you may notice something very interesting about his scoring output throughout the year.

At home, Herro is averaging a solid 13.27 points per game. Certainly nothing to scoff at considering Kentucky’s leading scorer, Keldon Johnson, is averaging 14.2 points per contest on the year. His home numbers alone would place him third on the team in scoring.

On games away from home, however, the Kentucky freshman takes his game to a whole new level.

Away from Rupp Arena, Herro is averaging 15.33 points per game and has finished in double-figures in all nine matchups on the year. In true road games, the Wildcat guard is averaging 16.5 points per game on a ridiculous 52.9 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three, and 100 percent from the free throw line.

In fact, three of his four highest scoring totals of the year came on true road games, including a career-high 24 points against Louisville. He also added 20 in Kentucky’s matchup with Auburn to go with 19 tonight.

In this matchup in particular, the Wildcat guard drilled four of the team’s first seven made baskets of the game, single-handedly saving the Kentucky offense in the first half. Herro finished the half shooting 4-4, while the rest of the Wildcats managed just 8-30 (26.7 percent) from the field.

Late in the second half, Kentucky held a four-point lead with just under two and a half minutes remaining until Wildcat forward PJ Washington found Herro in the left corner for a dagger three. The make pushed Kentucky’s lead to seven with just 2:24 remaining, ultimately icing the game.

When asked about the clutch three-pointer, the Wildcat freshman gave all credit to Washington for finding him in the corner.

“PJ made a great play,” he said. “I got in position where I could make a shot, and fortunately I knocked it down. But that’s just PJ making great plays.”

Also acknowledging Washington’s impressive 15-point, 12-rebound performance, Florida head coach Mike White wanted to make sure Herro got the credit he deserved for having yet another huge game in such a hostile environment.

“I thought Tyler Herro was enormous,” White said. “For Herro to get 19 points on eight shots, I mean how efficient is that?”

After Kentucky’s victory over Auburn on January 19, Herro told the world he loved playing the villain role on the road.

“(I’d rather hit a big shot) on the road for sure,” Herro said. “I just like hitting big shots against people who don’t like us. If they don’t like us, we don’t like them.”

Tonight, he proved his role once again by being the ultimate villain in front of a sellout crowd of 10,763 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. While Gator fans were dreaming of an upset against a top-10 opponent, Herro went out of his way to prove he had another plan in mind.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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19 Comments for What makes Tyler Herro so dominant away from home?

  1. Larkin123
    9:32 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

    You mean Rex Chapman?

    • The last sith lord
      10:03 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

      Hes noooooooo rex’s trigger was a lot quicker.

    • syrin23
      10:56 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

      And Rex’s D was worse, his passing was worse, and he was very streaky.

    • Luether
      1:56 am February 3, 2019 Permalink

      He does carry himself a lot like the boy King – unafraid and very confident…

  2. a21CATSfan
    9:32 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

    Yes, choosing Kentucky helped him for all the obvious reasons (development, facilities, exposure, etc), but having to deal with raucous crowds in Wisconsin his entire Senior year toughened him up. I’m glad he’s a Wildcat. CATS

    • Ridge Runner
      10:28 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

      Point indeed, a21.

    • syrin23
      10:59 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, that is a really good point.

  3. Voice of Reason
    9:56 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

    He’s a freshman.

  4. RealCatsFan
    10:15 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

    I want him back next year, but that might not happen.

    • Ridge Runner
      10:28 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

      We can hope RCF.

  5. Wade
    11:56 pm February 2, 2019 Permalink

    Being boo’d in every gym he played in while playing hs basketball in Wisconsin! It’s a mindset that I’m gonna make them love me, or really hate me!

  6. kyracer
    1:37 am February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Herro has scored 146 points in 12 home games (12.2), 138 in 9 away-from-home games (15.3), 284 total in 21 games (13.5)

  7. Racerr11
    8:31 am February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Herro coming to UK was a smart move, obviously Wisconsin would never get the exposure that UK does and the most important thing is he’s getting one of the best coaches of all time and a very classy person in every way. Cal teaches players to give and respect and they are quality citizens regardless of whether they play in the NBA or not so they are set for life.

    9:34 am February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Rex had extreme hops and his fade away jumper was incredible . The only comparison to Tyler and Rex are they are both white . I think Tyler is a better defender and he understands how to draw contact and get to the lane . Rex never got to the line that often . Rex was a pro long term and Tyler certainly has a chance as well

    • katmandue2you
      12:21 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      Tyler is much more of a driver-slasher than Jeff. I see a lot of Rex in Tyler. Though Tyler doesn’t have the extreme athleticism and hops Rex had he’s still a great athlete in his own right and actually Tyler likely has the most well rounded game of all 3. He’s certainly the best free throw shooter. The main thing that Rex and Tyler have in common and even Jeff is that they’re all ultra competitive supreme effort giving “dogs”. Anyone remember what Shepard’s ankle looked like when he sprained it in 98…but yet he played. Never figure out how he was capable of doing that. At this point he is the only final four mvp of the group

    9:37 am February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Actually Tyler reminds me more of junior year Jeff Shepherd than Rex

  10. bwise
    12:42 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    It’s an easy answer. He cares 100% of the time. He’s locked in and focused 100% of the time. Sometimes he’s missing his 3 but he’s always into the game and trying to help his team win. This is why Richards is so frustrating, he finally gets some good press after vandy and he was SO LOST during the game cal couldn’t play him. So to sum it up….Tyler cares about his team and is always in the game regardless of is he’s making shots.

  11. CATandMONKEY
    8:09 am February 4, 2019 Permalink

    Agree Nick was lost. I think he also cares(you did NOT say he didn’t) but Nick has yet learned to quickly adapt when the matchups and defensive schemes stymie his strengths.

    If Nick can develop some of his weaknesses and be confident to change up his game whenever needed we will also be singing his praises in years to come.

    If not…