A few quick thoughts on UK’s 88-50 win over Lipscomb.
What it means: Kentucky improved to 7-3. This was the fourth game of a five-game homestand after the Nov. 29 loss at Notre Dame. The Cats have won three straight, but over the likes of Samford, Portland and Lipscomb.
What I liked: Kyle Wiltjer found out just before tip-off that he was not starting. The sophomore then came off the bench and turned in his first career double-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. After making five of 30 three-pointers his last six games, Wiltjer hit on seven-of-nine three-pointers. But John Calipari was happiest with his sophomore’s 12 rebounds.
What I didn’t like: Lipscomb shot 48 percent the first half and made a quick spurt at the start of the second half to pull within 10 points, 48-38 with 16:52 to go. Kentucky turned it on after that, but Calipari was still clearly unhappy with his team’s level of play to this point. With final exams over, he now has nearly unlimited practice time to work with his young team.
What’s next: Kentucky plays Marshall next Saturday at Rupp. Gametime is 4 p.m. ESPN2 is televising.