Why did Kentucky have so much trouble at the foul line Saturday?

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)


From 3-point range, Kentucky was 11 of 19 against Auburn in Saturday’s win. But at the foul line, UK missed 15 of 32 shots. How can that happen?

“It’s contagious. We were in there arguing who missed the first couple. I said, first of all, Isaiah. Briscoe said it was Wenyen. I said it wasn’t Wenyen. Someone missed before Wenyen, and I think it was Bam, and then Bam was saying it was somebody else. But what happens is you see a guy miss, and now you’re going to the line saying, ‘Geez, I can’t miss,'” Calipari said after the game.

“Anybody a golfer? Okay. You stand over the ball: ‘I’m not going to slice, I’m not going to slice.’ You’re slicing, oh, yeah. That ball is sliiiiccing. Basketball is that way.

Now, here is the other thing, How do you shoot better from the three-point line than you do the free-throw line? What’s your answer? You have all the answers. Give me an answer.”

There is no easy answer.

Bam Adebayo was 7-for-11 at the foul line. Briscoe and Wenyen Gabriel both missed all four foul shots but each had two 3-point goals.

“When you’re the first person to go to the line, you’re supposed to make both of them and I missed both of them,” Adebayo said. “So we are going to get in the gym, work on our free throws and come back better.”

Reserve Mychal Mulder went 5-for-5 at the foul line. Malik Monk was 4-for-4.

“It’s called a free throw for a reason,” Mulder said. “You are supposed to make them.”

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