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Sunday / February 5.
  • NBA Scouts Break Down Kentucky’s Win Over Louisville

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    UKI asked two NBA scouts to break down No. 1 Kentucky’s 58-50 win over Louisville on Saturday. Here are their takes:

    NBA SCOUT 1:

    Tough game to watch with such poor shooting from both teams.


    The Harrison twins both struggled. [Tyler] Ulis was the best player on the floor. Made big shots in the second half and did a nice job of handling the pressure from Louisville’s guards. Team just runs smoothly with him at the point. [Trey] Lyles was solid. He made open jump shots and rebounded well at both the 3 and 4 positions. [Willie] Cauley-Stein was just OK. Scored only on offensive rebound putbacks. Was not nearly the presence he has been lately at the defensive end. [Karl-Anthony] Towns is still their most talented player. Had a decent game but nothing spectacular stood out this afternoon. [Devin] Booker made a 3-pointer late but for the most part he was neutralized. Dakari Johnson rebounded well but was mostly a non factor throughout the game.


    Chris Jones just cannot shoot and takes too many tough shots. [Terry] Rozier was solid. He can score. [Wayne] Blackshear, [Chinanu] Onuaku, and [Mangok] Mathiang did not impact the game enough to make a difference today. The length of Kentucky caused fits for Blackshear and his ability to make shots. He really struggled shooting the ball today. [Montrezl] Harrell didn’t have one of his better games. Too passive offensively and did not dominate the glass. He was more of a passer today than a threat to score in the half court other than a couple nice post moves.

    NBA SCOUT 2:

    Tyler Ulis played the best, smart, skilled, likes the big stage, sees the floor and does what the coach wants, leading them to a nice win in this great local rivalry. Karl-Anthony Towns did a good job battling underneath, defending the goal and scoring 10 points and 9 rebounds. Terry Rozier had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals but was forced to do too much in this intense defensive contest.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.