Kentucky holds off LSU behind Toppin’s 21

After ’s win over on Saturday, UK head coach spoke about how he wanted his team to be more deliberate. That didn’t necessarily mean slower, it just meant being deliberate about taking good shots.

Another part of being deliberate is passing the ball well. That’s something that the Cats did very well on Tuesday night as hung on late to beat 74-71 at Rupp Arena.

How well did the Cats pass the ball? UK had 15 assists on its first 23 field goals and the Cats were averaging 1.463 points per possession through 30 minutes. The Cats finished with 18 assists on 28 made baskets and averaged 1.345 points per possession for the game.

Five of the seven players who played significant minutes for the Cats recorded an assist in Tuesday’s win. Three of them (Sahvir Wheeler, and Jacob Toppin) had at least three assists.

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