I am planning on writing a full post about the season that was for the Kentucky Wildcats. But for now just want to point out a few quick points on the Kentucky-West Virginia game.
Here is what I said about the game in the preview post:
- But the road to number 8 will be difficult. If they come out man to man and looking to play at an up-tempo pace I think Kentucky will thrive. But I imagine Huggins will try to slow the game down and may show some zone to try to force Kentucky to shoot from behind the arc. The shooting of Bledsoe, Dodson, and Miller will be the key in defeating West Virginia.
I thought for a second that West Virginia might try to come out and play Kentucky man. But they ran that tough 1-3-1 zone and forced Kentucky to shoot the ball. And Kentucky shot 23-67 (.343) from the field and a horrendous 4-32 (.125) from the three. West Virginia didn't do much better on the FG% shooting just 20-52 (.385) but the difference maker the Mountaineers were 10-23 (.435) from 3.
The guys that I said were the key to a Kentucky victory:
Eric Bledsoe: 3-9 FG, 0-5 3pt, 1-6 FT, for 7 points.
Darnell Dodson: 2-9 FG, 2-9 3pt, 0-0 FT, for 6 points.
Darius Miller: 0-6 FG, 0-4 3pt, 2-4 Ft, for 2 points.
Kentucky has shown this before and had nights this season where they didn't shoot well. But they were able to sneak out some wins against teams who were not as athletic. Take a team like West Virginia who can match athletes with Kentucky and shoot the way that Kentucky did, you will lose every single time.