3 thing we learned: UK 62, Old Dominion 52

Three things we learned from UK’s 62-52 win over Old Dominion.

1. The value of veterans — Darius Miller was the clear difference in this game. Coming off the bench, he scored 11 points in the first half, when nobody else was playing well. He finished with 13 points and five assists, but he was a stabilizing force for Cats as they slogged through this win.

2. Old Dominion provided the toughest test yet — Whether it was the second consecutive noon start, being on the tail end of a week-long road trip that began with a much-anticipated game against Kansas, or something else, UK didn’t bring all it had. Old Dominion’s zone confused UK, which shot under 50 percent for the first time this season.

3. Marquis Teague continues to struggle — After his nine-assist, zero-turnover performance in an exhibition game after which Calipari lauded his “unselfish” play, Teague hasn’t had a game that fell more on the positive side since. He’s still prone to turnovers — he was yanked within two minutes to start the game because of a turnover — and isn’t running the team like he should, finishing with six turnovers (UK had 21 on the day). Then again, all of Calipari’s young point guards have struggled with turnovers and poor performances early in the season. But Teague isn’t doing much of anything right as of now.

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