Kentucky successfully bounces back after a loss to Baylor last week as the Cats go on to defeat Boise State at home in front of a very quiet Rupp Arena. Not many takeaways tonight other than James Young played a superb game, Willie Cauley-Stein has a Dennis Rodman-like hairdo going on now and the Cats still aren’t talking or playing as collectively/efficiently as they could.
The main things to look at for tonight’s game is that the bench did not score one point, all 70 of Kentucky’s points came from its starters. However, the bench did come away with a few assists though in Alex Poythress (one assist) and Dominique Hawkins (two assists). Bench scoring must improve looking forward to this weekend against the Tar Heels.
Positives though, Young came out to play tonight and at times it seemed as though he was doing most of the work. Young scored 21 of Kentucky’s 70 points and was 4-11 at the three-point line. Cauley-Stein also proved that he can be a efficient shot-blocker when needed and he came away with nine blocks on the night. Julius Randle played an excellent game as well, he scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds for yet another double-double on the season.
Overall, tonight we seen that Kentucky still has plenty of growing to do, but on the plus side, it’s only December 10th. In time, Kentucky will be an excellent team, once some of the silly mistakes are cleaned up. However, the biggest problem still seems to be the ability to play together and communicating. Looking ahead though, that must change as the Cats face #18 North Carolina at Chapel Hill this Saturday.