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There’s something about wearing that Kentucky blue jersey and the opposing crowd hating the Wildcats that gets Tyler Herro locked in away from home.
Herro has been Kentucky’s hero on multiple occasions during the Wildcats 10-game win streak. He buried big shots down the stretch in close wins at Auburn, Florida, and most recently, Mississippi State.
With Kentucky trailing by one point in the final 30 seconds at Auburn, Herro stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws to give Kentucky the points it needed to pick up a big road victory. Two weeks later, Herro’s corner three was the final dagger delivered to the heart of the Florida Gators and the Mississippi State Bulldogs suffered the same fate when he drilled a fallaway three-pointer as the shot clock expired last Saturday.
There’s no lack of confidence in Herro’s game, especially on the road.
“I just like hitting big shots against people who don’t like us,” Herro said after the win at Auburn. “If they don’t like us, we don’t like them.”
On the season, Herro is averaging 13.3 points while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three-point range. However, on the road, those numbers increase.
Herro is just one of four players in the country and the only freshman averaging at least 15.0 points on the road while shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90-percent from the free-throw line.
The UK freshman is not only clutch from the field, he also doesn’t miss often from the free throw line. Since missing a free throw vs. North Carolina on December 22nd, Herro has converted his last 28 attempts from the charity stripe.
While Herro elevates his play away from home, the Wildcats will need his clutch plays at Rupp Arena this week. Kentucky hosts No. 19 LSU tonight and No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday. If the Wildcats win both, they will most certainly move to a No. 1 seed in tournament projections.