Kyle Wiltjer made 7 three-pointers in Kentucky's win over Lafayette.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – A quick look at Kentucky's 101-49 victory over Lafayette in Rupp Arena Friday night, a win that improved the third-ranked Wildcats to 2-1.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Alex Poythress remains locked into Beast Mode. He gets to the rim at will. And when Poythress is at the rim it's two points. Or else. He took 10 shots against the undersized Leopards – and he made nine.
After three games, Poythress is 21 for 30. That is 70 percent. The school season record for best field goal percentage is 65.7 percent – set by Michael Bradley in 1998-99
You have been warned.
STAT OF THE GAME: Seven guys played 20 minutes or more – including Jarrod Paulson as the back-up point guard. Five – Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer, Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel – scored at least 13 points.
CHESS MOVE: John Calipari was not thrilled with the way his team engaged Wiltjer during Kentucky's loss against Duke Tuesday. Wiltjer only took five shots – two of them three pointers. The coach wondered why his guards didn't find Wiltjer on the wings on pick-and-pop plays.
Wonder no longer. Wiltjer made Kentucky's first two baskets Friday. Both were three-point shots.
Then he kept going. And going. And going. Wiltjer took 11 three-pointers – and made seven. The school record for a game is 10 by Jodie Meeks.
INJURY REPORT: No sign of Ryan Harrow, the sophomore point guard who has now missed back-to-back games with an unspecified illness.
SUPER SUB: Cauley-Stein provided energy and entertainment off the bench, showing an ability to score inside and defend. His best move of the night came midway through the second half. He caught the ball on the left side of the block, faked toward the middle, wheeled back to the left and scored on a crisp bank shot.
He made another left-handed hook a few minutes later. Good luck trying to stop that shot.
TEACHING MOMENT: Poythress certainly looked like the guy that Calipari was trying to engage. The coach worked to get the attention of Poythress on several possessions, asking him to crowd the man he was trying to guard.
I'm not certain Calipari was ever convinced that Poythress was close enough. Poythress was magnificent on offense. Cal had to have at least one reason to fuss at him.
FROM WAY DOWNTOWN: Kentucky remains a superb three-point shooting team. The Wildcats made 11 of 19 against Lafayette. For the season, UK has made 21 of 42.
Sorry, U of L fans, but that's 50 percent. I had to mention it.
UP NEXT: The Wildcats welcome Morehead State (Wednesday) and Long Island (Friday) to Rupp next week. Morehead (2-1) plays this Lafayette team Sunday. Long Island (0-2) has already lost to Lafayette and Morehead.