On the fix-it list, Kyle Wiltjer’s shooting slump

wiltjermugOne aspect of Kentucky’s game John Calipari would like to straighten out in Music City is Kyle Wiltjer’s shot. Safe to say, right now, it’s off target.

The sophomore missed all seven of his field goal attempts in the Cats’ 61-57 win over Florida on Saturday. Three of those misses came from three-point land. By game’s end, Wiltjer had been held scoreless for just the second time in a game in which he played double-digit minutes. He played 20 Saturday. He failed to score in 19 minutes against Texas A&M at Rupp on January 12.

In his last five games, Wiltjer has made just eight of his 37 shots for 21.6 percent. He has missed 17 of his 20 three-point shots, making just 15 percent from behind the line.

“He’s struggling. He’s struggling defensively,” said Calipari on Saturday. “We just got to figure out what we do because it’s hard to leave him in the game if they’re scoring on him every time.

“But we’ll figure it out. He did enough. He made a couple plays. Everybody wants him to make every shot, but I don’t care. He can miss every shot if he defends.”


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