By LARRY VAUGHT
One thing I’ve quickly learned about freshman Tyler Herro is that when you ask him a question, he’s going to give you an honest answer.
Obviously Kentucky did not play well overall in its 85-74 win over Texas A&M Tuesday night. The Cats did at times, but consistently they didn’t play like a top 25 team.
Just ask Herro.
“I think we started pretty slow and eventually we got it going a little bit. Second half we played a little bit better. I think, overall, we have to start games quicker and better,” Herro said.
He didn’t stop there.
“I think against Alabama we started slow too, so I think just being ready from the beginning of the game,” Herro said.
He’s right. Kentucky’s defense couldn’t contain Alabama early in the 77-75 loss last week.
So what got the team finally going against A&M?
“Just moving the ball. Jamarl (Baker) came in and he shared the ball very well,” Herro said. ” Inside we did some good things and outside Ashton (Hagans) was doing great. Ashton continued to make plays and get steals on defense, he creates a lot for us.”
However, Herro — who had a game-high 21 points — didn’t sugar coat the way UK had played the last two games after beating North Carolina and Louisville the previous two games.
“I think we took a step back, definitely at the Alabama game and here tonight, too,” Herro said.
“I think just lack of focus in some areas and defensively, going under ball screens on some guys when we should be going over. Just paying attention to the scouting report and locking in, in that regard,” he said.