The Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated John Calipari’s team 88-72 in Spokane on Sunday, handing the Kentucky Wildcats their second setback of the year. In that game, not much went in favour of Kentucky basketball, particularly on offense. The Wildcats field goal percentage was merely 39.1 percent. The fact that Kentucky made just six of their 25 shots from beyond the arc was very detrimental to them.
Oscar Tshiebwe, a notable basketball player for Kentucky, claimed after the game that the Wildcats’ failure to execute Calipari’s strategy was a factor in their defeat. According to Tshiebwe, “Most of the time we don’t really run what Coach is asking us to do” (Kyle Tucker of The Athletic). That remark from Tshiebwe would receive more support from Calipari.
I was unable to get Oscar to correctly run the plays. Why? He hasn’t been having fun with us, reporters from California.
Tshiebwe only appeared in his third game with Kentucky basketball this year against Gonzaga since he missed the first few contests while he recovered from minor surgery he had earlier in the month. Tshiebwe nevertheless led Kentucky with 20 points and 15 rebounds despite the fact that they fell short against Drew Timme and the Bulldogs.
While Kentucky is currently 3-2 overall, its record versus the top 25 KenPom teams is merely 0-2. The Wildcats suffered their first setback of the year last Tuesday against the Michigan State Spartans before defeating the inferior South Carolina State Bulldogs at home on Thursday. The North Florida Ospreys are only ranked No. 348 on KenPom, but the Wildcats have no cause to lose on Wednesday at home against them despite their early-season problems.