Kentucky basketball is sitting near rock-bottom in comparison to its illustrious history. Having started the season off 1-6 (worst record through seven games since the 1926-27 season), UK is still searching for an identity.
A lot of that searching is coming from the offensive end. So far, they have put up stats that are at the bottom of the SEC this season and near the worst in school history:
Due to these horrific numbers, the UK coaching staff has been preaching for “execution” and a “clear mental picture” from the team. In fact, assistant coach Joel Justus probably mentioned those two phrases ten times in today’s press conference.
“We are talking about execution. We are talking about building each one of our guys up. We’re talking about having a very clear mental picture of who they are individually, having a very clear mental picture of what we can be as a team,” he said.
Freshman forward Isaiah Jackson alluded to that side of the game as Kentucky’s main focus in practice the last few days. After starting so poorly for the season, the 6-foot-9 forward is looking at SEC play as a fresh start.
“League play starts Saturday so that’s a fresh start for us. These are games that truly, honestly count, to build on, for March Madness,” he said.
It is not clear as to whether sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. and freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher will be available to play with the team at Mississippi State on Saturday. Regardless, the Cats need a win, and need one really bad if they’re still thinking about making the tournament.