By LARRY VAUGHT
Remember that it is Aug. 11. It’s still almost three months until Kentucky officially opens the college basketball season against Duke in Indianapolis.
Still, it’s hard not to look ahead to just how good John Calipari’s team might be after the 100-64 beatdown it put on Mega Bemax of Serbia, a team Calipari genuinely believed would not only test but might beat UK, Saturday night in the Bahamas.
Once again Kentucky had six players in double figures led by P.J. Washington’s 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and two assists.
Tyler Herro was Tyler Herro. This time he had 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field and 6-for-6 at the foul line. Keldon Johnson also had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Nick Richards continued his resurgence — possibly the best part of the exhibition trip for UK — with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
The player who really continues to impress me is freshman guard Immanuel Quickley, a solid stat-stuff. He two four shots from the field but had 12 points — he was 6-for-6 from the foul line and 2-for-2 on 3-pointers — along with five assists, three rebounds and one steal. He did not have a turnover in 21 minutes.
Quade Green went 4-for-6 from the field and had 10 points.
Kentucky was 29 of 56 from the field, including 7-for-14 from 3-point range, and got to the foul line 48 times and made 35. The Cats held the Serbians to 23 of 76 shooting.
Kentucky made its first six shots, led 47-29 at halftime