Kyle Wlitjer and Darius Miller give the ‘Cats depth for the long haul
Terrence Jones looked as if he was going to score 50 points against Ole Miss at the beginning of the game. He was aggressive with the ball, taking his man one on one whenever the opportunity presented itself. The Wildcats jumped to a quick 11 point lead. Then Anthony Davis got two quick fouls, the Rebels double teamed Terrence Jones and Ole Miss bounced back to a two point lead. Enter Kyle Wiltjer and Darius Miller.
Wiltjer scored 13 off the bench while Miller had 14. Kyle was an efficient 5-6 from the field, including 3-4 from behind the arch. Darius was 5-12 from the field as well as 3-7 from the three point line and one nasty, filthy, funky jam over Ole Miss. These two players provided instant offense for Kentucky as they struggled to find their way with Davis in foul trouble. This added a new dimension to the team as they played small and stretched the floor with perimeter shooters.
Wiltjer is seeing more minutes and had his second double figure game out of the last four. Miller has been providing stability as well as clutch shooting. Both players combined for three back to-back-to back three point shots in a row to help close out the half and give their team an eight point cushion heading into the locker room.
If the bench play continues to improve, these Wildcats will prove almost impossible to oust in the tournament.