When a team scores 102 points, there are usually a lot of different players contributing. Kentucky had six guys all playing big minutes and contributing in major ways during their 102-90 victory over Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen. They punched a ticket to the Elite Eight with a super six that each had great games.
Today we’re taking a look at each Wildcat’s performance from the 102-90 victory over Indiana in Atlanta on March 23rd.
Anthony Davis: [25 M, 9 PTS, 2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG, 5-6 FT, 2 OR, 12 TR, 2 AST, 3 BLK, 2 PF] Anthony Davis was whistled for two quick fouls, and forced to sit with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Kentucky’s defense looks a lot different with the country’s best player on the bench, and his influence became apparent. Davis returned to action in the second half, grabbing an impressive 12 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. He only had 9 points, but turned in a complete game with 3 blocks and 2 assists to go with his big rebound numbers.
Darius Miller: [32 M, 19 PTS, 6-8 FG, 2-2 3FG, 5-5 FT, 2 OR, 3 TR, 4 PF] Miller has been a dream in the tournament so far. Not only is he the best sixth man in the country, he’s been a senior leader without parallel. What more could you ask of a guy than 19 points on 6-8 shooting, and a perfect 5-5 from the line and 2-2 from the arc. Darius has been a master of shot selection and shot timing. He scores in big moments when his team lacks direction. The fact that he finished with 4 fouls shows how engaged and aggressive he was. This isn’t the half-asleep Darius Miller of old. This is a strong, confident, talented senior leader.
Doron Lamb: [38 M, 21 PTS, 6-10 FG, 1-1 3FG, 8-8 FT, 3 TR, 2 AST, 1 TO, 1 STL, 2 PF] Doron played more minutes than anyone on the floor, proving his versatility as a solid back-up point guard and stellar shooting guard. Lamb may not get a lot of attention, but he continues to showcase his talent and nose for scoring. He was a solid defender, floor leader, and contributed in multiple ways statistically.
Eloy Vargas: [2 M, 0-1 FG,1 OR, 1 TR, 1 PF] With Anthony Davis’ early foul trouble, Vargas got a chance to come in a play a few minutes against Indiana’s star Cody Zeller. He offered two respectable minutes, featuring an offensive rebound and missed put-back that probably should have been pulled back out. Vargas is a big body that provides a brief respite to the country’s best player, and that’s a bigger role than most people will admit.
Kyle Wiltjer: [6 M, 1-2 FG, 1-1 3FG, 1 PF] Wiltjer continued his trend to enter the game just long enough to make a three-pointer. He didn’t have time to do much else, but wasn’t as severe a defensive liability as he’s been in the past. Kentucky needs his 5-10 minutes, especially when Davis is in foul trouble, and he was a suitable fill-in.
Marquis Teague: [36 M, 14 PTS, 4-14 FG, 0-2 3FG, 3 TR, 7 AST, 2 TO, 1 STL, 3 PF] Marquis’ shooting numbers don’t look perfect, but Teague had a few fantastic possessions and an overall solid game. With as many possessions as this blisteringly-paced game had, Teague still only committed 2 turnovers, and grabbed a solid 7 assists. He’s rarely shown such ball security. The most impressive aspect of Teague’s game was the perfect 6-6 from the free throw line, an area in which he’s suffered in the past. Point guards have to hit free throws, and Teague made all of his.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: [34 M, 24 PTS, 7-15 FG, 0-1 3FG, 10-10 FT, 6 OR, 10 TR, 1 AST, 2 TO, 2 PF] Michael was on another level in this game. He had 24 points, he went perfect from the line on 10 attempts, and he was a defensive monster. That was all fantastic, but his most impressive statistic was the 6 offensive rebounds he pulled in. Kidd-Gilchrist has an unreal drive to hunt loose balls down, and he seemed to get them all. Kidd-Gilchrist was not only the best player on the floor, but he was the one who wanted a victory the most.
Terrence Jones: [27 M, 12 PTS, 5-9 FG, 1-2 3FG, 1-2 FT, 3 OR, 5 TR, 1 TO, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 3 PF] Terrence’s poor performance against Indiana the first time around was one of the most talked about stories all year. He couldn’t afford a repeat performance, and came out with a strong effort early. He scored Kentucky’s first 5 points, and went on to score 12 total. He struggled through some cramps in the second half, but still put together a nice stat line with 5 rebounds, a steal, and a block.
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