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Video: Kentucky’s Murray on fire but doesn’t feel hot

Kentucky turns up defense, but look at that offense

Wildcats shooting 52 percent from field in past two games after vowing to work harder -- on defense
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Wildcats shooting 52 percent from field in past two games after vowing to work harder -- on defense

Jamal Murray is a man on fire for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-4 freshman guard from Canada has made 14 of 20 three-point attempts in Kentucky’s past two games, blowout victories over Florida and Georgia in Rupp Arena.

Murray said after the Florida victory that his father helped him with his shooting mechanics after the freshman shot 3-for-12 from three-point range in last week’s loss at Tennessee.

Suddenly, Murray cannot miss.

Heading into Saturday’s game versus Florida, Murray was making three-pointers at a 36.5 percent clip (58-for-159). Two games later, his percentage has risen to 40.2 (72-for-179).

Murray scored 35 against Florida and 24 versus Georgia.

While the freshman’s shooting and scoring have gone up, his mistakes have gone down. Murray averaged nearly three turnovers per game in Kentucky’s first 18 games this season. In the past six games, he’s committed eight total turnovers.

“I don’t really feel like I’m hot or anything,” Murray said after Kentucky beat Georgia on Tuesday night. “I’m just hitting open shots that I should be making.”

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