Terrence Jones might have been the only one surprised that it took him until Saturday to get his first double-double this season.
The Kentucky sophomore regularly had double-doubles last year when he was Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and many more were expected this season when he was named Preseason SEC Player of the Year. However, his 15-point, 11-rebound effort in Saturday's win over Mississippi was his first this season for Kentucky (26-1, 12-0 Southeastern Conference).
"I said earlier this year that rebounds were going to be more spread out with everyone on the team so long and every guy crashing the boards with me, Mike (Kidd-Gilchrist), Anthony (Davis), Darius (Miller) and even Marquis (Teague) getting seven rebounds some games," said Jones. "Last year for me it was more if I didn't get it, we might lose the game. I?just think there is not as much pressure on me to get it and I can just box out who is the best rebounder for the other team and it's fine if somebody else on our team gets the rebound."
Scoring has been the same way with different players leading the team in scoring in different games.
"My role doesn't change from game to game. It's like that for everyone when it comes to scoring," Jones said after Saturday's win. "Whoever has it going, it could be their night. It was Kyle Wiltjer's night to score and not Mike's. Next game it could be Mike going for 20 (points) and Kyle not scoring or Anthony could go off for a big amount. It changes for everyone every game."
Sophomore Doron Lamb says that is why Kentucky is better this season than last year's Final Four team.
"Last year it would have really hurt us if somebody was in foul trouble or having an off game," Lamb said Saturday. "This year if somebody is off, we have a strong eight players and it is way easier on us. We don't have to do that much. If we are having an off game, somebody will pick it up for us like Kyle did for AD (Anthony Davis against Mississippi).
"We have a full team even if some people don't think so. When Kyle comes in and gives us points and rebounds, we are way better and he did that today. He hit 3-balls he needed and we need that from here on. We never know when Anthony or anyone else will get in foul trouble. He might get in foul trouble in the (NCAA) tournament. Eloy (Vargas) can come in and give us good minutes if needed. We just have more options this year."
Lamb sees no reason Kentucky cannot win the national championship.
"I don't think nobody can really beat us if we are playing our ‘A' game for 40 minutes. If we lose, we just didn't do something we normally do right," Lamb said. "We are all clicking right now and all playing great. Our crowd is always following us and supporting us no matter where we play. I think if we keep doing what we are doing, we will go all the way.
"We are better than last year because we have more weapons and we play way better defense. Just very long. Anthony is a big part of our defense blocking shots and we are very athletic at every position. We're just better overall."