3 things to watch: UK vs Old Dominion

Three things to watch for as UK plays Old Dominion for the coveted Hall of Fame Tip-Off championship (banner optional):

1. Will Doron Lamb continue his high-level offensive play? He led all scorers against Kansas, then led all scorers again with 26 against Penn State. Head coach John Calipari said it’s because he’s been playing with a better “motor,” and Lamb said he’s been getting in additional work with assistant coach Kenny Payne for conditioning and shooting. Perhaps the best part is Lamb’s development into more than just a spot-up shooter. If he becomes a consistent, well-rounded threat, UK becomes even more dangerous than it already is.

2. UK has held all three of its opponents under 34 percent shooting this year. Old Dominion is shooting 42.6 percent from the field, but it hasn’t encountered a defense like UK’s yet. Expect a low score from Old Dominion, which has posted scores of 46, 77, 53 and 68 (in overtime) this year. The Monarchs don’t have a go-to scorer (in fact, just the opposite, as nine players average at least 11 minutes per game and all of them fall somewhere between 3 and 12 points per game), although guard Kent Bazemore showed the capacity to go off in posting 23 points, nine rebounds and seven steals against South Florida. Still, UK should dismantle them on defense.

3. Who gets numbers — Darius Miller scored zero points. Anthony Davis scored three. Calipari said both played well, but let’s see if either/both/neither pour in points to win the Tip-Off championship. (I don’t think the winner gets a trophy.)