By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky freshman center NIck Richards only played 13 minutes in Sunday’s win over Vermont.
He scored just two points — he took only two shots — and had four rebounds. Those are not the numbers UK needs from the player expected to be its best interior player this season.
Will he play more tonight against a bigger, stronger Kansas team in Chicago?
“It may be right for Tai (Wynyard), too. This may be a Tai game. Let him go in there and bang the crap out of them.,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.
He said little more about Richards but did praise sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones, who played 18 minutes in the Vermont win, again just as he did after Sunday’s game.
“I’m so proud of Sacha (Killeya-Jones), but what you’re seeing in the games, Sacha is doing in practice. And everybody on our team knows it. They gave him a hand last night after the game. He wants to score.,” Calipari said.
But the coach did not like a left-handed hook shot Killeya-Jones took — and missed.
You know, the left hook, ‘Why did you shoot that? You have no chance of making that. You’re not going to impress anybody with that. Rebound, defend, block shots, fly up and down that court – you’re gonna impress everybody. The left hook does nothing. Make a jump shot or two,'” Calipari said.
“We’ve just got to get these guys into – like Hami shooting a left-footed kick away in a six-point game. ‘What are you thinking?’ ‘Well, I thought I could make it.’ ‘No, you can’t win playing that way.’ We’ve just got to continue to teach them possession by possession what it takes to win.”