Kentucky Basketball deja vu again as slow start followed by feasting on Osprey

Kentucky Wildcats guard TyTy Washington Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky Wildcats guard TyTy Washington Jr. and Oscar Tshiebwe Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sahvir Wheeler of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Balanced attack becoming the norm for this Kentucky team

While the bench may be thin it provides a variety of players to see more action on the floor giving coach John Calipari a chance to put each under a microscope to see how each has grown into their possible playing time.

What he saw was five players in double-figure scoring with Sahvir Wheeler dropping in 12 points while dishing out a career-high 14 assists, grabbing three rebounds, and picking the Osprey pockets for a pair of steals. That tied Tyler Ulis for theft honors in the UK record books.

Wheeler is a pest on the floor but he never ever stops like a nat when playing defense or looking to create on offense. He explained that after the game to the media and how he doesn’t foul often.

"“That goes back to what I wanted to get back to doing when I decided to come to Kentucky- being effective or being a disruptor on the defensive end, but also putting a lot of pressure when I’m on offense. Part of that is conditioning. You can’t really do that if you’re tired. If you do that every three possessions in a row and then you need a break, now the defense is like ‘okay he’s only going to do it two or three times so you’re good’. So, I think a lot of it is conditioning and a lot of it is trust. If I’m pressuring you, I know that I have help. So, if I get beat, on a rare occasion, I have someone behind me that can block the shot, or help, and I can rotate over to their man as well.”"

Oscar Tshiebwe was his usual dominant self scoring 12 points and hauling down 16 boards which matches his season average.

TyTy Washington continues to get better and better every game and has left the bad nightmare from the opening game loss to Duke in the rear-view mirror. The freshman tallied 14 points, five rebounds, and four steals.

Daimion Collins provided another highlight-reel evening of delight for those sitting in Rupp and watching the freshman throw down rim-rattling dunk after dunk to the tune of 14 points and

Dontaie Allen found his grove as well going off for 14 points and ripping down seven rebounds.

All nine players who saw action other than the walkons in the closing minute contributed points and at least one rebound. Seven of them handed out at least one assist and recorded a steal.