Despite shooting only 2-19 from deep, Kentucky had an overall impressive performance in game one of the Big Blue Bahamas tour. The team looked far ahead of where they should be for it to only be August. There was a lot to be excited for as Kentucky has three more games left on the tour to continue to improve and give fans a taste of what to expect this fall.
Nick Richards and Tyler Herro
Sophomore Nick Richards and Tyler Herro have combined for 26 of the team's 42 points
Exactly as we all predicted
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 9, 2018
A sophomore Nick Richards looks like he may be a major factor on this year’s team and college basketball as a whole. Richards dominated the first half and finished with game with 19 points. After a freshman year that was somewhat disappointing you can tell that Richards has made major strides to his game and is aiming to be a key contributor. There is no one in the NCAA that can stop Nick Richards if he is making over the shoulder jump hooks.
Tyler Herro gave the Big Blue Nation a taste of his sweet jump shot while pouring in 16 points. Herro also showed that he is not just a shooter as he slammed in two dunks. Overall, Herro looked very comfortable getting his own shot and finishing. I think that he will be the X factor for Kentucky. With the slew of guards that Calipari has, Herro can add some stability.
Going 2-19 is a concern coming off of a season last year where the inability to hit deep shots really hurt the Cats. Let’s just chalk this up to a fluke and hope that Kentucky will shoot better for the rest of the Bahamas trip. It was nice to see Brad Calipari drain a corner three. Is he Kentucky’s best shooter behind Tyler Herro?
The Cats are back in action tonight against the best team in Argentina. The game can be seen at 7 pm on the SEC network.