Kentucky is rolling once again, owners of a three-game winning streak and, seemingly, a newfound confidence on the basketball court.
Conspicuous by his absence amid the Wildcats' successful stretch of games over the past week and a half has been Sahvir Wheeler, an all-conference point guard who also happens to be one of the most polarizing UK players in recent memory.
Wheeler missed the Cats' shocking victory over Tennessee with a back injury. He returned to the court three days later in a win over Georgia, but the 5-foot-9 playmaker came off the bench in that one, seeing just 33 seconds of run after halftime. In a 76-67 win over Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon, a similar story: Wheeler started the game on the bench, played some quality minutes in the first half, then saw less than a minute on the court after halftime.
Meanwhile, freshman guard Cason Wallace has been seeing more time at the point, and Coach John Calipari has finally deployed a lineup that Kentucky fans have been thirsting for all season: playing Wallace alongside shooting guards CJ Fredrick and Antonio Reeves, with Jacob Toppin and reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe manning the frontcourt.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 25, 1974, Kevin Grevey joined the 1,000-point club. He did it in 51 games.
- On February 25, 2017, freshman Malik Monk scored 33 points against Florida.