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ESPN Asked Who Would Get the Last Shot

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During the EKU game, the ESPN broadcast asked if Kentucky is in a close game, who gets the last shot. They answered option 1 would be giving it to Tyler Ulis and letting him create. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a helluva option.

However, it should be Isaiah Briscoe. Sure, he’s not shooting well, but who is? What Briscoe is doing is getting to the paint and finishing almost every time. It reminds me a little of Andrew Harrison against Notre Dame in the Elite Eight, where no one really expected him to get the shot, but he was so tough, he could get to the bucket.

That’s Isaiah Briscoe. He’s got a strong handle, so he can beat his defender pretty easily. So, what do you think? Give it to Briscoe on a clear out or something else?

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

16 Comments for ESPN Asked Who Would Get the Last Shot

  1. JusSayin
    12:06 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    I agree. Everytime he drives I think it’s going in… and if you look at his numbers he’s actually a better shooter off the dribble than in spot up situations.

    I mean he’s shooting 52% from the field which is absurd for a SG who doesn’t have a strong jumper.

  2. rainman
    12:12 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Bad choice! With the way he’s shooting free throws
    that would be a silly move!

  3. linebeard
    12:14 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Problem with Briscoe is his free throw shooting. I would not want the ball in the worst % free throw shooting guard in uk history at the end of a game. Ulis and then Murray would be choices.

  4. BamaCatsFan
    12:19 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Free throw shooting is definitely why he would be the wrong choice. Opposing team should just foul him hard and take their chances with him at the line. Better percentage for them. Almost like a 6th defender at this point.

  5. smahurin
    12:41 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Cal will make his own decisions, but mine would be Jamaal… and if you watch our offense at the end of shot clock situations (essentially the same thing) Cal always puts the ball in Jamaal’s hands. He’s the most versatile offensive player UK has and arguably one of the most versatile offensive players in the country. While his shot hasn’t been falling yet, he’s UK’s best shooter, he’s a threat to pull up in the mid-range, and while he’s not explosive he’s extremely shifty with hesitations and change of direction that allow him to get into the paint as well as anyone and he’s extremely adept at finishing with either hand.

  6. JusSayin
    12:43 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    The problem with the “bad free throw shooter” idea is that Fouls are almost NEVER called in last shot situations.

    In all my time as a UK fan Patrick sparks is the one time I remember.

  7. david8577
    12:59 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, his free throw shooting is so bad Cal would NEVER draw up a play for him late in a close game.

  8. Stives
    1:20 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    What a terrible post. Why would you have one of the worst free throw shooting players in UK history with the ball in his hands for a last shot. Do you even watch ball bro?

    • leon singleton
      1:37 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Good free throw shooters miss game winning free throws also.

  9. EdC
    1:29 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    To me Murray feels like he has that aura of the last shot guy. Not as good a slasher as the other 2 guards BUT neither was Aaron Harrison in the big 2014 run.

  10. UKBlue1
    2:02 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Depends on if it’s an actual shot or drive to the basket. If it’s a shot then Tyler, if its a drive to the basket then Isaiah or Murray.

  11. Leuther
    2:22 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    It’s beyond ridiculous to suggest getting the ball to your worst FT shooter in a clutch situation.

    Your best scorer gets the ball – maybe passed from Ulis – Murray…

  12. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:38 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    If the game is tied or more…

    The setup: Briscoe has the rock, and Ulis and Murray are running off picks for open shots.

    1. Have Ulis running off a pic away from the the basket and Murray running off a pic toward the basket from the opposite side with a slight delay.

    2. Make sure Briscoe doesn’t settle for the jumper but drives 9 (as he’s instinctively shown he will do). There are no division 1 guards who can stop him and his passing is legit if a big tries to step in on help defense.

    This way the free throws don’t matter and the likelyhood that he makes the layup is much greater anyway. BTW, to remotely compare Andrew Harrison’s FG percentage to Briscoe on driving layups shows you aren’t watching (whoever said it). Briscoe is a far better finisher than Andrew Harrison at the rim.

    If we are getting beat:

    Give it to Tyler Ulis. Have Briscoe be the other guard slashing to the rim off a screen on a slight delay and have Murray coming off a screen to the perimeter.

    • 2thepoint
      2:49 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed, but don’t forget if bigs commit high Lee should be slipping in for a lob!

  13. Kentucky Ben
    2:54 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Jamal Murray gets it every time nothing else hes the best shooter the best FT shooter and can drive a little bit plus he has a scoring mentality

    • chimichanga
      4:50 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Ulis is the best FT shooter, though Murray is certainly good too. Personally I’m fairly comfortable with any of the 3 guards having the ball in their hands at the end.