When No. 16 Kentucky flooring towards Yale on Saturday, the (*16*) can be in with a concentrate on enhancing their total efficiency, particularly their free throws.
Tipoff is about for midday CT at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The (*16*) rank thirty first within the nation with 82 factors per recreation, however struggle arduous with foul stripes. He made simply 68.4% of free throws for Great Britain (6-2) that 12 months, rating him 228th within the nation.
The Cats shortly bought off to a rocky begin, beginning with a 16-of-28 capturing proportion (57.1%) within the season opener towards Howard. Great Britain then made 10 of his 15 free throws (66.7%) towards Duquesne.
Poor foul capturing did not present up in any significant manner within the Cats’ Champions Classic loss to Michigan State final month. He misplaced 86-77 in double time beyond regulation. Freshman guard Kayson Wallace missed two free throws within the stretch that allowed the Spartans to remain within the recreation and finally win.
Wallace is averaging 11 factors per recreation, capturing 53.1% from the sector and 50% capturing 3, however fouled simply 6-of-12 this 12 months.
“I’m not used to lacking that many free throws myself,” Wallace stated. “It’s not one thing I’m attempting to get used to or need different folks to get used to.
“Just apply and ensure I’m nonetheless sharp at it. I’m planning on not lacking a free throw within the subsequent recreation.”
Only 4 charity stripes are above 70%: Chris Livingston (92.3%), CJ Fredrick (85.7%), Oscar Tshiebwe (81.3%) and Antonio Reeves (78.6%).
According to Wallace, a lot of the workforce’s focus has been getting used to capturing foul pictures in several eventualities to simulate recreation motion.
“Instead of throwing 10 free throws in a row, I’m starting to shoot one-on-ones,” says Wallace. “So 1 and 1 is one thing I’ve struggled with on the road. Just get that psychological apply and repetition and hopefully that can assist.
Joining Wallace on Kentucky’s double-figure scoring streak are Antonio Reeves (14.4 factors), Oscar Zibwe (14.2 factors, 13.5 factors) and Jacob Toppin (12.9 factors, 6.9 factors).
They will face the Yale workforce going 8-2 after dropping 71-61 to Butler on Tuesday. The Bulldogs are led by a group that features Matt Knowling (16.2 factors), John Pouracidas (10.8 factors) and EJ Jarvis (10 factors).
Saturday’s contest, the Cats’ prelude to UCLA at Madison Square Garden on December 17, will air on the SEC Network.