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Tyler Herro only third UK freshman to score 24 or more against Louisville

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tyler Herro (Vicky Graff Photo)

Going 10-for-13 from the field and scoring 24 points for Kentucky in its win over Louisville Saturday was a special performance by freshman Tyler Herro.

How special? He was the first freshman to score 24 or more points against Louisville since Brandon Knight in 2010. The only freshman to do it before then was Rex Chapman in 1986.

Corey Price, a UK athletics contributor, also noted that Herro became the fifth UK player to have his first 20-point game against Louisville since 1983. The others were Winston Bennett (12/28/1985), Josh Harrellson (12/31/2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (12/31/2011) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (12/29/2017).
Louisville coach Chris Mack said his team knew what to expect from Herro but either couldn’t stop him or he made plays he has not consistently made all season.

 

“They try to put him in positions in they’ve put him in all year where he’s dealing with a pin down. He made some floaters in the lane and he hit some shots that we knew he was more than capable,” Mack said. “I don’t think his percentage relays the fact that he’s a good shooter, but we knew he was. You could see that in their foreign trip.

“And obviously Coach (John Calipari) has the confidence to continue to go to him. We have a little bit smaller guards. I thought he rose up a couple of times and knocked shots over us. Give him credit.  I don’t think I’ve seen a game where he’s made two 3’s in a row all year and he did tonight. He’s a good player.”Herro admitted he’s feeling like he did when Kentucky routed four teams during its exhibition trip to the Bahamas in August where “we were going out and having fun.” Herro said he’s feeling the same vibes again.

“If we win against Seton Hall, we are probably top five in the country right now,” Herro said. “But we are going the right direction. I was just having fun and let the game come to me. It felt good to see a few shots go down.”

Herro also credited point guard Ashton Hagans for UK’s offensive flow.

“Coach told him to get everybody else shots and then you will see things open for yourself,” Herro said. “We tell him to keep making plays but at the same time look for your shots. We need for him to keep attacking, and he did.”

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  1. Tyler played a great game against Louisville and I’m thinking he learned a thing or two in the process.

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