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Individual player notes from UK’s win over Boston

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A couple of team notes and then individual player notes after UK’s 91-57 bashing of Boston University:

PPP – Kentucky’s offense averaged 1.350 points per possession, best since last year’s club averaged 1.493 in a win over Hartford on Dec. 29, 2009. The Cats were coming off back-to-back games of less than a point per possession. UK averaged 0.927 against Washington and 0.993 against UConn.

Meanwhile, the defensive PPP was much better. The Cats held Boston to 0.837 PPP, compared to 1.253 for Connecticut in the Maui final loss.

THREES – The Cats made 10 of 16 three-pointers for 62.5 percent. That’s the best in any UK game since the Cats made nine of 13 for 69.2 percent against Drexel on Dec. 21 of last season. It’s the best in any game UK has taken 15-or-more three since the Billy Gillispie Era (error?) when the Cats made 12 of 19 for 63.2 at Tennessee on Jan. 13, 2009.

JOSH HARRELLSON — The senior center achieved his first career double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Harrellson went 6-of-7 from the floor, tying his career high of six field goals against Indiana on Dec. 13, 2008. He was six of 12 from the floor that game. Afterward, BU coach Patrick Chambers called Harrellson UK’s “mother-hen.” We figured that at times Cal may have used a similar term when referring to Harrellson.

TERRENCE JONES – Turned his fourth double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Had just four rebounds in 27 minutes in loss to UConn. In last two games, has made 13 of 23 shots. Has blocked at least one shot in all six games. Blocked one against the Terriers.

BRANDON KNIGHT – Bounced back with 23 points after just a six-point effort in loss to UConn. Produced a career-high six assists. After going 0-of-8 from three in Maui final, made four of six beyond the arc against the Terriers. Knight has logged 32-or-more minutes now in five of UK’s six games.

DARIUS MILLER — A non-factor with no points in just seven first-half minutes after picking up two fouls. Was replaced by Doron Lamb at start of second half. Did score eight points in second half, but played just 19 minutes overall. That’s the least amount of time he’s been on the floor since playing just 11 minutes in UK’s first-round NCAA thumping of East Tennessee State last season.

DORON LAMB – Assistant John Robic said after the game that Lamb showed he needs to be on the floor more. The freshman scored 13 points in 27 minutes. He also had a career-high five assists. Lamb has made seven of 14 shots over the last two games, including three of six from three-point range.

DEANDRE LIGGINS – The junior has made just five of 17 shots over his last two games. Liggins had four turnovers, compared to one assist. He did grab his first offensive rebound of the season.

ELOY VARGAS – Odd stat is that Vargas has had four rebounds in four of his six games. Had four against the Terriers. Did have a career-high six free throw attempts, making four. In fact, Vargas has made 8 of 10 free throws over the last two games. Has just one turnover in 85 minutes thus far this season.

JON HOOD — Scored two points in nine minutes. The sophomore has scored 10 points on the season. He did not take a three-pointer against BU, just the second time in six games that has happened. Hood has not had an assist or a turnover so far this season.

STACEY POOLE — Played four minutes, but has still yet to score this season. The freshman has taken just two shots, both in the game against Washington.

JARROD POLSON – The freshman from West Jessamine scored his first points as a Wildcat, making two free throws with 24 seconds remaining. Also had his first assist as a Cat. And turnover.


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