Until the final minute of the first half in yesterday’s game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers, the Wildcats had yet to have a lead during the first half. This is not sitting well with the fans and it sure better not be sitting well for either coach John Calipari or the basketball team.
A win in the end is nice and all but it would be nice to have done it without having to come from behind to take the lead. It’s less pressure on the team in having to come back and it also means that the fans are less nervous in watching or listening to the game.
What certainly helped the Wildcats with the 74-66 win was that the Cats shot 95.8% from the free throw line. This may have been the best stat of the game. This season, the Cats have gone 379-564 (.672) from the line. Since conference play began in January, the numbers are 83-119 (.697) from the free throw line. There’s definitely been improvement for the Cats at the free throw line with an average of 22.3 free throws made per game.
The Cats and Volunteers battled until the final few minutes of the game, pulling away with 4:11 remaining in the game.
“Well, we did something new in the last two days, and it’s something that is unique and something that — I don’t know if it’s ever been done, but we went in the pool and we put on those pool baskets, and we got them to get down and just start making them for the mental part of it,” Coach Calipari said of what the team is doing to work on free throws. “It worked. And if you believe that, I’ve got great land to sell. (Laughter.)
“I had this whole room. You people…”
Next up is Texas A&M on Tuesday night.