Kentucky hosts LSU in SEC home opener – all you need to know

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023
8:00 p.m. ET

Lexington, Kentucky

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The Kentucky offense looked much better in Saturday’s win over Louisville. And, despite popular sentiment, it might be because the Cats slowed down rather than speeding up.

head coach used the word deliberate in his postgame press conference on Saturday.

“I’m mad at myself because we needed to be playing more deliberate,” Calipari said. “Playing faster and quicker and doing that, that’s all good, and you’re scoring 60. We played deliberate, which is what my teams have done historically. Still play fast and shoot threes. We didn’t shoot as many today but we scored a lot of points playing deliberate.”

Point guard Sahvir Wheeler, who makes the Cats go as fast as anyone, knows that being deliberate doesn’t always mean slowing down.

“Control the pace a little bit more, knowing when to go, when not to go, execution,” Wheeler said. “I think you kind of saw that in the last game. Control the pace the whole game. We weren’t playing super fast, we played kind of deliberate sometimes. We could deliberately push or deliberately grind it out. Pass up a good shot for a great shot.”

The Cats hope to carry over the momentum from Saturday’s 86-63 win into Tuesday’s game against LSU. The Tigers are 12-1 on the season and are coming off an impressive win over Arkansas on Wednesday. ’s only loss this year was a four-point setback against in the Cayman Islands on Nov. 23. Since then, has won seven in a row.

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