Nov 24, 2010 12:46 AM by Mary Jo Perino
There's no doubt this was the biggest win of Kentucky's young season with a young team. Now imagine if they had hit their free throws! In the final minute of the game, they hit the ones that count, and John Calipari was a happy man.
"For us there's nothing better than to shoot 39% from the field, 17% from the three, and double the turnovers than assists and we still win. It's lovely. It's lovely," said Calipari after the game.
Neither Cal nor the players noticed the two earthquakes that occurred in Hawaii during the second half, one registering at 4.7 on the Richter scale, the other 3.3. But they all noticed the play of Brandon Knight. Knight finished with 24 points after a somewhat disappointing effort against Oklahoma.
"It was important for me (to bounce back) for confidence. I just wanted to do whatever it took to get a win," said Knight.
Knight wasn't the only star. Terrence Jones had another really solid game. But what about Josh Harrellson? A career high 14 rebounds and nine points, and oh yeah, he hit a three! That wasn't even close to the most important stat for the big man.
"I'm most happy about playing 34 minutes," said Harrellson.
"Last year I couldn't play ten minutes. It was all about coming through for my team when they needed me and I did that. I gained a lot of confidence."
Calipari agreed, and even said Harrellson shoots the three-ball as good as anyone on the team.
"It wasn't just what he did on the boards, it's what he did on defense. And he did it against a top ten team," said Cal of Harrellson.
"Our team is not there yet. We played a little selfish, but we have a will to win. It's starting to happen," said Calipari.