By LARRY VAUGHT
Tyrese Maxey never doubted his shot would return and pointed out after the Louisville game that his last time talking to media members he noted he would not stop shooting.
“I believe in myself. I put the work and time in. If I keep doing that, the shot is going to fall. It fell tonight,” he said after scoring 27 points and ending a 2-for-20 slump from 3-point range by going 4-for-5 last week.
Louisville coach Chris Mack was not surprised that Maxey scored a career-high 27 points — the most by a UK player against Louisville since Jodie Meeks had 28 in 2008 — on 9-for-14 shooting over. He also had seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes.
“He’s good. We knew that coming in. He’s an explosive scorer,” Mack said. “A lot of scorers, sometimes they take difficult shots. But at the same time, we knew he was going to take them.
“Guys like that don’t lose their confidence easily. He is just a challenge. A couple of the 3’s he hit, we didn’t do a good enough job in transition of getting back and getting matched up.
“He’s good. And his pull-up game, his ability to make 3’s today was better than it’s been. But we knew what he was capable of.”