There’s not much else to say besides… Kentucky got caught in Richmond’s Spider web. The young and inexperienced players couldn’t handle the deficit. You can’t take anything away from Richmond. They’re a tough team, and they’ll make noise throughout the year. But let’s talk about Kentucky…
Sarr definitely shined as he had some great shots and showed toughness down-low. The unfortunate thing about Kentucky’s down-low presence is… besides Sarr… there’s not much there. Kentucky seems to be playing a lot of 1-on-1 game on the offense, and I personally believe Coach Cal was letting this young team realize… college basketball is a different game than high school b-ball.
The unusual stat line that isn’t sitting right with me is how much the Cats lost by. They lost by 12… and it easily could’ve been worse, except the Cats forced some turnovers in the last 30 seconds. I typically think Kentucky is ranked too high to start the season, but today’s game just stunk.
This was my setup today as my family is both fans of the Browns and Wildcats.
[Insert joke of being used to losing cheering on the Browns]. I do believe Kentucky will bounce back and could win Tuesday night, because while these Wildcats are young… I believe they have pride and will want to showcase that against the Jayhawks of Kansas (who also have something to prove after their loss against #1 Gonzaga).
I would’ve liked to see Mintz get more minutes despite the foul trouble. If he is going to be our go-to three-point shooter… today would’ve been great to see him hit some clutch three-pointers. Brooks will make a difference in a game like today, but there’s nothing you can do but tip your hat to Richmond for coming into Rupp and beating Kentucky.
We’ll see ya Tuesday – GO CATS!