By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has played six games in 18 days and after Sunday night’s 81-56 win over Lamar, freshman Keion Brooks Jr. admitted a little more practice time could greatly benefit the Wildcats.
“Personally, I love to play games, but you get better in practice, so I’m looking forward to going to practice and watching some film to see what we can be better at,” Brooks said.
He had nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer, along with three rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
“I feel like we were starting to find our groove defensively. Also, getting out in transition and putting up points,” Brooks said. “Coach preaches how we have to try to get 80 points.
“Playing up and down, playing fast, and a lot of that had to do with our defense. We started stringing stops together.”
It certainly helped that UK made 10 of 22 3-point shots and made 16 3-pointers combined in its last two weeks after struggling from long range the first four games.
“We’re a good shooting team. We just had to find our groove and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction with the way we’re shooting the ball,” Brooks said.
It helped that freshman teammate Tyrese Maxey hit four 3-pointers in the first half himself.
“That gave us a lot of energy. Consecutively hitting a bunch of 3’s in a row, then us being able to get stops in the end was great,” Brooks said. “So, that gave us some momentum heading into the half and we picked up on it in the second half.”