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Gabriel’s 3-point shooting dramatically better during Kentucky’s current four-game winning streak

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During a 10-game stretch Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel missed 22 of 26 3-point shots he took. However, during Kentucky’s current four-game winning streak, Gabriel is 6-for-13 from 3-point range — 46.2 percent — and has made at least one three in each game.

“We haven’t always shot well in the games but we have always been a good group of shooters. In practice we always make a lot of shots,” Gabriel said after Wednesday’s win over Ole Miss. “I think it was really just a mental thing that was a part of why we were losing and in that slump but that’s something you have to experience.

“I feel like in those moments it’s when you really when you find out who you are and we broke out of that and now we are just moving forward.”

However, the winning is about more than just 3-point shooting and the improved play will have to continue for UK to win Saturday at Florida even though the Gators have lost at home this year to Florida State, Loyola Chicago, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia.

“We decided to start playing our game through a couple guys. We started running our offense through a couple guys and everybody else was just going to eat off of that,” Gabriel said. “We all figured out our role – as time came on, you don’t have to think as much cause you know what kind of shots you’re going to get and where you’re going to get it.

“Guys are just more confident out there when they know what they’re going to do and what they’re going to get. Now we just go out there and play hard.”

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