When you run the numbers on UK’s 59-57 loss at Robert Morris on Tuesday night, the Cats actually had a good offensive night.
John Calipari’s club missed eight of 10 three-point shots, but still shot 52.5 percent overall, its best shooting percentage since shooting 54.8 in beating Mississippi State at Rupp Arena.
It shot 72.2 percent at the foul line, making 13 of 18, which for this Kentucky team is a good number. The Cats, after all, had shot less than 50 percent from the stripe each of their last three games.
Kentucky outrebounded Robert Morris 25-19. It outscored the Colonials in the paint 26-20. UK averaged 1.045 points per possession, best since 1.228 against Mississippi State.
True, Robert Morris made all 14 of its free throws, a perfect 14-of-14 at the line.
But that’s not what killed the Cats.
This is what killed Kentucky: The Cats had just seven assists and 14 turnovers.
It was the fourth game in the last five that the Cats committed more turnovers than assists. That stretch started in Arkansas when John Calipari’s club had five assists and 19 turnovers. In its last five games, UK had 36 assists and 60 turnovers.
It’s hard to win basketball games that way.