Porter…er… Cats fall to Miami
Posted by ibleedblue040 on December 6, 2008
KEYS TO THE LOSS
The Cats dug themselves yet another huge whole in the first half, due in most part to the lack of ability to make plays from their starting point guard Michael Porter. Porter had his fourth consecutive terrible game while the man who should be starting, DeAndre Liggins, had yet another fabulous outing with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Porter played 17 minutes and managed only 2 points and 0 assists. Patrick Patterson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds but did not have almost any touches in scoring position in the first half because Porter could not manage to get the ball to him because he would pick up his dribble so often.
The second reason why UK lost tonight was because of the three-point shooting. Miami was one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation last season and really shot the lights out tonight. They shot 8-19 from long distance while UK only managed 2-23, including 2-12 from junior star Jodie Meeks who finished with a season low 10 points. For some reason Coach Gillispie had Michael Porter on Jack McClinton, the Hurricanes’ star guard, to begin the game and he torched him with double digits in the opening minutes. At one point UK had 9 total points while McClinton had 10 points by himself.
– One thing that befuddled me was the fact that Josh Harrellson did not even play in the second half after playing nearly half of the first 20 minutes. Harrellson had 6 points before intermission off the bench but did not appear in the second half.
– By looking at the box score you would almost think UK won this game. They out rebounded the ‘Canes 43-30, shot 15-18 from the line compared to 19-31 from Miami, and had 10 more offensive rebounds. But while looking deeper you see Miami shot 10% better from the field and hit 6 more three pointers. Also they hit enough shots to win the game while UK on the other hand had many opportunities to close the gap from four points late in the game after back-to-back possessions in which Miami missed two free throws.
– I CAN NOT understand the reasoning for Coach Gillispie leaving Michael Porter in there. DeAndre Liggins was the best player on the court for most of the game and Kevin Galloway at least brought some sort of presence to the game.
UK plays again tomorrow against Mississippi Valley State and hopefully some changes will be made in the form of Michael Porter not playing.