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A five-spot from Kentucky’s 88-65 win over East Tennessee State.
Most impressive was Terrence Jones, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds. His was the first debut double-double by a UK freshman since Jules Camara in the 1998-99 season. Without Kanter, Jones is an obvious key. He was aggressive without being sloppy. In 35 minutes on the floor, he didn’t commit a turnover. Jones is only the second freshman in UK history to get a 20/10 in his first game. Sam Bowie had 22 points and 17 rebounds on Nov. 17, 1979 vs. Duke.
Jones had 25 and Brandon Knight 20, marking the first time in school history UK has had two freshmen score 20-or-more points in the season-opening game.
The most surprising statistic was Kentucky’s 51-33 edge on the boards. The Cats had 19 offensive boards, compared to East Tennessee’s 26 defensive boards. Jones had five offensive rebounds. Josh Harrellson had four in just 16 minutes. Doron Lamb hit the defensive board, grabbing five.
ETSU coach Murry Bartow: “Last year’s Kentucky team — there’s a lot of talent on this year’s Kentucky team, too — but last year’s Kentucky team, those guys just don’t come around here every day. Wall is so special, Cousins’ so big, Patterson’s so big. But John’s teams always get better. I’ve played teams at Memphis, his teams always get better and better. There are very few coaches in the country that every year figure out a way to win 30 games, and he’s one of them.”
Kentucky committed 10 turnovers. Last year, with John Wall, the Cats had 24 turnovers in the opening game, a win over Morehead State.