Kentucky freshman Devin Booker, who came to campus with the reputation of being a knock-down shooter, had struggled with this shot before Tuesday night against Boston.
He found the range against the Terriers, however, making four of his six three-point attempts, as well as contributing seven assists to the Cats 89-65 victory over Boston U.
Running some numbers on UK’s 24-point win over Boston:
UK’s Aaron Harrison gives a lot of credit to Boston University, which trailed Kentucky just 46-44 in the second half before the Cats pulled away. Aaron also talks about the play of Devin Booker and Dominique Hawkins’ lob dunk.
Kentucky sophomore Dominique Hawkins got his first college start on Friday, subbing for Alex Poythress, who missed the game with an illness. Hawkins scored seven points in 16 minutes. He also had a nice dunk off a lob in which the former Madison Central had to go high to get the pass.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he expected his team to have a letdown after Tuesday night’s win over Kansas. Still, he didn’t think his team showed much fight in the first half before turning it on the second half to beat Boston University 89-65.
Full transcript of John Calipari press conference after win over Boston:
Boston U coach Joe Jones and forward Nathan Dieudonne, former Kentucky Mr. Basketball, after 89-65 loss at Kentucky.
Three quick things from Kentucky’s 89-65 win over Boston.
It’s an early sample size. Kentucky has played just three games, winning all three. Boston University has played just two, winning one and losing one. Still, here’s how the two teams stack up statistically.
One attention-grabbing stat is field goal percentage defense. Boston U is not too shabby, holding its first two opponents to a combined 41.5 percent. Kentucky is ridiculous, however, limiting its first three foes to 28 percent. That’s what happens when your last opponent, Kansas, shoots just 19.6 percent for the game.
Kentucky holds a decided advantage on the boards. After two games, Boston U. and its opponents have the exact same number of rebounds. Kentucky, meanwhile, has claimed an average of 18.4 more rebounds per game than its foes. UK’s offensive rebound percentage is 52.7, compared to 29.3 for Boston.