By LARRY VAUGHT
One thing Kentucky coach John Calipari learned in UK’s loss to Duke is that sophomore Kyle Wiltjer, the team’s leading scorer against Maryland with 19 points, cannot get shots on his own. He managed just five points on 2-for-5 shooting.
“We’re going to have to help him. He did not play as hard as he needs to play. He saw it on the tape,” Calipari said. “If he’s not getting shots off, then he won’t be on the court as much. I’m not mad. I love him, but he better figure out how to get shots off. If he can’t then he won’t be on the court as much.
“Kyle’s got to step up. The Maryland staff (was) like, ‘What happened to him?’ Well, he didn’t play as hard. He didn’t compete like he did against Maryland. Part of it is, we can’t expect our team to find him shots. We’re freshmen. We’re not going to do that. So now it becomes, he’s got to get his, or I’ve got to call some stuff to create shots for him. But it’s going to be a combination.”
Wiltjer said a “long film session” pointed out the need for the team to offensive rebound better and also improve its defense.
“Duke did a good job of getting to me on the 3-point line and not giving me any easy looks. I just have to in the future make stronger and quicker moves in the post. When they are playing me out there (3-point line), I have to be getting more involved rather than just shooting 3’s.”