3 things we learned: UK vs Marist

Three things we learned from UK’s 108-58 season-opening win against Marist.

1. Anthony Davis is a springboard. He 23 points, most of them on dunks, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. This team has quickly learned that if Davis has any sort of space around the rim it just needs to get the ball in the air. He became the third UK freshman to have a 20/10 debut, following Sam Bowie in 1979 and Terrence Jones in 2010.

2. Speaking of Jones, the sophomore was held out of the starting lineup after an early morning car accident. He checked in at the 13:30 mark and ended up playing 21 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. He was sluggish at the start, but for good reason. The combination of a late night and the added stress of worrying about the consequences of his actions tends to take away from your ability to play basketball.

3. With Jones out of the lineup, it gave Calipari (and us) a rare chance for a directly comparative look between Darius Miller and Doron Lamb in terms of who is best suited to be a starter. It’s only one game, but in looking just at this contest, Lamb had the better start: he scored nine points in the first half, while Miller scored zero. That doesn’t automatically mean Lamb needs to be the starter (although he will be next Tuesday against Kansas since it’s in his hometown), but Lamb delivered in this one.