No. 11 Kentucky Rolls in Exhibition
Nov. 5, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - After freshman Terrence Jones had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in No. 11 Kentucky's final exhibition game, he was told Wildcat fans will start to expect similar numbers each game.
"They should," the native of Portland, Ore. said after Kentucky rolled over Dillard 122-54 on Friday night.
Jones sleepwalked through Kentucky's first exhibition, a 97-66 win over Pikeville on Monday. He had nine points and seven rebounds but shot poorly and spent almost the entire game in foul trouble.
In 30 minutes Friday, he shot 77 percent from the field and committed only one foul. Jones said he was able to play more freely and without hesitation Friday without the threat of fouling out looming over his head, something that never happened to him in high school.
"(Jones) had a passion about playing (tonight)," coach John Calipari said. "There was no coolness. High school kids, when it doesn't go right, they try to be cool like they really don't care. You can't be that way. He even started the game a little bit that way."
Freshman point guard Brandon Knight finished with 20 points and six assists. The Wildcats' two leading scorers were freshmen, which senior Josh Harrellson compared to last season when John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were first-team All-Americas.
"Terrence is a lot like DeMarcus," Harrellson said. "They're both true freshmen. Brandon is just so advanced, and John Wall was the same way. It's just hard to get them out of that slump but Coach Cal is just so great with developing freshmen. He's always had the best classes, always put the freshmen right in the NBA. That's one of his things he takes pride in, maturing freshmen to where they play like sophomores and juniors."
After shooting poorly and shying away from physical plays Monday, Calipari said he was more pleased with Friday's effort against Dillard, coached by former Kentucky player Dale Brown who was known in Lexington for his tough, defensive-minded playing.
The Wildcats shot 25 of 32 in the second half and did not allow Dillard any second-chance or fast-break points in the game.
Freshman center Enes Kanter sat on the bench and watched in a white sweatshirt and gray pants. Kanter, who played for a club team over portions of three seasons in his native Turkey, must sit out while the NCAA reviews his eligibility as an amateur.