Talk about a role reversal watching Kentucky basketball shut down Ohio

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari and Oscar Tshiebwe (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
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Kentucky guard TyTy Washington Jr. ( Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /

Washington found everything his game had missed finishing with a career-night

Welcome to the show TyTy.

After being schooled by Duke in the season opener, the freshman from Phoenix gradually showed signs of life in the Robert Morris and Mount St. Mary’s wins.

He has spent hours in the gym before and after practices adapting his game to the college style.

When his team needed him the most and his confidence needed a jolt the freshman phenom put his game into overdrive for career-best nights across the stat line.

Those career numbers included:

Scoring 20 points; Minutes played 37; Field goals made 8; Field goal attempts 15; free throws made 3; rebounds 11; assists 5 and his first block and a steal of his career.

He continues to slow his game and see it take shape before his eyes. They needed him to crash the glass and run the point when Wheeler sat with fouls. Calipari got both of those.

When asked about the final stat of him outrebounding Tshiebwe and if that was his proudest accomplishment he replied.

"“Yeah, I’m no machine, I’m TyTy! In high school I rebounded average, like seven rebounds. It was pretty good to be out there tonight, finally rebounding again. With Oscar not on the floor, you can see a lot of balls are going a lot of different places now. So, it was a lot of opportunity for me to get in there and rebound.”"

If Kentucky continues toward being a top-shelf program and pick to win the NCAA title they need one elite player to emerge and that has to be Washington. This stretch of seven home games is where it beings with Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Louisville looming in December.