Taking place now...support our Cats in a win against the Cardinals!
Every business person knows the 80/20 rule...eighty percent of your business comes from 20% of your customers. This concept doesn’t mean that Kentucky or any team needs to only win 20% of their ball games. It simply means, they need to develop a winning mentality. Push all the negativity aside and play to win.
The young Kentucky team is 1-5. They aren’t getting the business of winning ball games done. The question is...how will they do it?
When looking at the 20-21’ team, the one veteran player in the starting line-up is Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr. Currently, Sarr is the third leading scorer on the team. The top scorer is BJ Boston averaging 14.5 points per game with Terrance Clarke not far behind. The team as a whole is averaging just 65.8 points per game.
Offensively, the team is suffering. In the game against the Tar Heels, the Cats sunk three shots out of 13 from the three-point range and 12 of 30 points from the free throw line. We all know you need to have a three-point shooter and hitting your free throw shots should come second nature.
And yes, the pandemic has taken its toll on all of the teams, especially the younger teams. There’s new evidence of that after Coach Cal asked Cam’Ron Fletcher to take a break. There’s no time for emotion during these ballgames...from Coach Cal or the team.
The emotional outburst from Fletcher during the North Carolina game bought him a ticket back to St. Louis and not necessarily one-way. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Fletcher’s mom said he’ll be back to play for UK. However, there’s no confirmed date as to when he’ll return.
The Louisville Cardinals are having a winning 5-1 season. They seem to understand the 80/20 rule that you’ve got to produce. That being said, Louisville’s win against the Pittsburgh Panthers saw four shots made from the three-point line and 17 turnovers. In Kentucky’s game against North Carolina, there were 16 turnovers.
The lead player for Louisville is sophomore David Johnson. He scored 17 points against the Panthers in Tuesday night's game. The team is averaging 70 points per game this season.
The rivalry against the two Kentucky teams is legendary. Both the Wildcats and the Cardinals play hard when it's one-on-one and I’m sure this year’s game won’t be any different. The Wildcats lead the rivalry record 29-14 and have won the last three contests.
The first SEC ballgame for UK is Tuesday, December 29 against South Carolina at Rupp Arena. Back to back SEC games will dominate the remainder of the season with all non-conference games taking a backseat in ‘21.
If the Louisville Cardinal game doesn’t set a fire to the Kentucky Wildcats, will a fire be set this season? It’s all happening today at 1 pm EST. The expected starting line-up for the UK Wildcats is as follows: BJ Boston, Terrance Clarke, Olivier Sarr, Damion Mintz, and Isaiah Johnson. The game will be played at the KFC Yum! Center on ESPN. GO CATS!