John Calipari asking for more from Kentucky’s X-factor

Trey Lyles - photo by Walter Cornett
Trey Lyles - photo by Walter Cornett
Trey Lyles – photo by Walter Cornett

Trey Lyles had just played arguably his best college game.

The freshman forward scored a career high at Mississippi State on Wednesday, showing the kind of versatility 6-foot-10 players aren’t supposed to have.

But afterward, John Calipari was thinking bigger.

“He should have had 25 today,” Calipari said, with a caveat. “But I thought he played well.”

Lyles would have to settle for 18 points and six rebounds as top-ranked Kentucky moved to 28-0 (15-0 Southeastern Conference) with a 74-56 win in snowy Starkville, Miss. The Indianapolis native got off to a quick start, scoring the Wildcats’ first basket on a lob dunk and 13 points within the first 15 minutes to make the illness that forced him to miss three games a not-so-distant memory.

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