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What went right


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Okay, let’s shift gears. When you view the game though that wonderful lens called perspective, it’s not all that bad. The Cats played poorly for most of the game in a very hostile environment, but it took a three at the buzzer for the Hoosiers to beat them. With that in mind, let’s examine the positives from yesterday:

Marquis Teague’s turnaround
Teague had a terrible first half. So bad that Cal benched him at the start of the second, putting Miller in and moving Lamb to point guard, a move that got the offense flowing much more efficiently. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much more from Teague the rest of the game; however, the freshman took his bad play and used it as fuel for an aggressive second half performance that kept the Cats in the game. More than any other player, yesterday’s game was personal to Teague. It was his homecoming, and after a horrid first half that would leave many players pouting on the bench, Teague stepped up, scoring 15 points on flawless 5-5 shooting. After the game, both Cal and Darius Miller said that when Teague is playing like he did in the second half, Kentucky is a different team. Let’s just hope the second half on Saturday was the start of a new chapter in Teague’s maturation.

Michael Man-Gilchrist
With the team struggling to find a rhythm on both sides of the court, most would expect a seasoned veteran to step up and provide a spark. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the youngest person on this squad, continues to play like a man and do the dirty work when others won’t. Yesterday, he put up 18 points and 9 rebounds, but his effect on the game was much larger. MKG became the aggressor on both sides of the court, cleaning up the boards and driving the lane; when everyone else but Doron Lamb basically looked lost, Kidd-Gilchrist got the Cats off the ropes and “warriored” them back into the game. In my mind, he is this team’s most valuable player, and his presence extends far past the box score.

Doron Lamb’s leadership
The other player that got the Cats through a putrid first half was Doron Lamb. Lamb was one of the few players on the team looking to score, and although the shots weren’t always falling for him (he was 5-14 from the field), he kept trying. Yes, he missed that crucial free throw down the stretch, but Lamb was one of the reasons the Cats were in it at the end, and the confidence he showed yesterday was encouraging.

The Cats scratched back
A young team in a hostile environment with its star player in foul trouble is usually a recipe for disaster. And for a while yesterday, it was. However, with around eight minutes to go in the second half, the Cats found a way to scratch their way back into the game by turning up the defense and sinking baskets. Unfortunately, their lack of execution on the final play cost them the game, but to me, the fire they showed to battle back on the road will be invaluable as this season rolls on. It is in situations like this that teams find their identities, and if it takes a loss in December to do it, so be it. To me, that’s a mighty fine consolation prize.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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62 responses to “What went right”

  1. 19snl60

    jones looks like he has a headache in this picture

  2. Ranger

    Yea Teague has missed 6 layups this season that all could have been made by my 11 year old nephew. What’s up with that?

  3. Greg Reeves

    Miller was clutch in the second half calming them on the offensive end and scored 6 straight points during one critical stretch of the comeback.

  4. snoopaloop

    haha Terrence looks like he is witnessing a car crash or something.

  5. Helvete

    I’m just hoping that TJ takes this game and really learns a lot from it. He’s an amazing player but hasn’t always showed up. He could have a brilliant career ahead of him and the only person in his way is himself.

    Go Cats!

  6. Stan

    I didn’t mind the loss,we could learn a lot from it. What REALLY bothers me is Jones quit on his team. No”He had a bad game” crap, he quit. Pre Season All American, top five draft pick, and he quit. Cal has to address this with more than”he had a bad game”..just my opinion. Love this team, including Jones, love Cal, but quitting is unacceptable. If Jones had the heart Kidd Gilchrist has, he would be a monster. I could never see Kidd Gilchrist quitting like that. Come on TJ, show us what we know you have and No one will stop us.

  7. Jasper

    3 posts reminding of that S**t storm last night is enough Ms. Lady… Please no more. Please. I realize I am just very irritable and hungover right now, but for the love God we all saw what went right and wrong last night. I don’t need to hear about it again. No offense.

  8. Not AJ

    IU is a good squad, and to lose to a last second 3 in Bloomington is definitely not a terrible loss, especially in December. In this day and age going undefeated is not realistic, and to keep a game where we played so badly to the line gives me at least some confidence in where our team is headed. March looks like it will be fun this year.

  9. TheBurghCat

    Great post. Summed up the day very well!

  10. Terry

    Ok enough, of the spin job IU from the begining played UK straight up matched them intesity wise made play after play. So this crap it took a three to win. IU was up by as many as 10 at least three times. And had they, IU not gotten out of what they were doing, which enabled Uk to get back in. Sometimes being a UK fan we don’t always want to give credit were it was do! UK was outplayed and did not deserved to win. We were lucky at the end against UNC at home so call it like it is IU won straight up.

  11. Fishersblue

    Cal seemed upbeat after the loss. We just need to avoid the road losses that plagued us last year in conference play.

    I’ll be disappointed if we lose any remaining road game w/ the exceptions of Florida, Vandy, and MSU. At worst we should have 4 regular season losses.

    We can’t avoid last year’s route and end up with a 4 seed and expect to get back to the FF.

  12. manbearpig

    I knew us having LeBron shoes would cause someone to disappear in big games

  13. Computer Blue

    Show of hands from everyone that gives it their all every single day at work and is never in a bad mood? Yeah, I didn’t think so. So cut TJ some slack. He had a horrible game and a bad attitude but it was one game. He’s a great young man and player. Hopefully losing to such a crappy team will be the inspiration they need.

  14. STL.cat

    10, i think you’re missing the point. No one is disputing that kentucky did not deserve to win, but they almost did anyways. That’s the silver lining……..also you meant to say “due” not “do”

  15. chasing8

    I think Darius was a beast last night in the second half. I don’t know if he is getting enough credit for that. But you should expect that from a senior.

  16. he says she

    10. You’re an IU fan. Why even mention the UNC game? If UK was lucky against UNC, then IU was lucky against UK. Can’t have it both ways.

  17. UKron

    Perhaps the biggest plus is that UK basketball isn’t Xavier or Cincy right now….man that was ugly.

  18. Cat fan in Gainesville

    Would love to get IU on a neutral floor in March.

  19. TJones=pus

    Another positive = ELOY gave us solid minutes. He gets in there and scraps

  20. loublue2

    Geez folks, let’s not obsess about this loss. It was bound to happen, they are young, and it was a very hostile environment. This will make them a lot better in the long run. The Hoosiers got a big win for their program…great for them, but so what? Terrance Jones is definitely Coach Cal’s cross to bear…a very intense, perhaps too intense young man. His head is his problem. The rest of the team did well, MKG is a MAN. They’ll be fine,great game to watch.

  21. grosvenor '90

    This site would be so much better if we didn’t have a comments section. I just wish I had the willpower to resist the urge to look at them.

  22. Jason

    Those charging calls on MKG and Darius had the kind of home cookin that would make Paula Deen jealous.

  23. News Hound

    BREAKING… A story in New York Times “Ivory Towers and Dirty Locker Rooms” is accusing Kentucky and Louisville (among others) of “lack of accountability”: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/us/12iht-letter12.html?_r=1

  24. Robbin

    #22 you are so right. I am in the same boat I try and not look at the stupid comments but I just cannot help myself because I love to see how much more stupid they can get each day. Surely no other program in the country has fans like UK.

  25. Will

    Why give the ball to Davis on the 2nd to last possession? Lamb should have kept the ball and force IU to foul him.

  26. thisisstupid

    I want to KNOW if MATT JONES still thinks TOM CREAN is a terrible coach?! Since Jones is such a good judge of Talant and all!

  27. he says she

    24. IU fan thanks for your input.

  28. screen shot

    Jones: Damn man, dont rebound that ball!! I took Las Vegas odds and took IU in this game!!!!

  29. Kerm

    Number 1 isn’t significant in December as long as we are number 1 in April.

  30. louisvillecatfan

    Not mentioning Miller is a disgrace.

  31. Just saying

    Ive noticed since the “be nice” memo that we (and this site) can blast the players all we want, just dont say anything about Joker or Cal.

    So…Coach cal told EVERY player on the floor to foul, but none did?? So coach cal, with a timeout didnt want to set-up a defense?? So, coach Cal doesnt have enough control over the way his team plays, that rebounding the ball with 19secs left and passing it to DAVIS (a 52% FT shooter) is even a option?? Does Cal even make his players shoot FTs in pratice?

    I love what Coach Cal brings to UK, and what he does for my alma mater, but sometimes the fault has to fall on his shoulders. He is the coach. Im not talking about the last second shot, Im talking about allowing Jones to pout and cry all game, Teague to play like he’s never played basketball before, and his team not showing any consistancy. This post says “Lamb was the only one looking to score in the first half”, why is that??

    This is just one game, and Im sure there will be other setbacks, we are NOT as bad we saw yesterday, and we were never as GOOD as we thought we were yesterday morning. People want to compare this team to 1996, so far in the early year, that is a slap to the 96 team. This team has a ton of individual talent, but I have yet to see a single game of team effort.

  32. catcrawler

    DID ANYONE SEE who went to help Miller after the shot was made and Miller was nearly trampled to death??? MKG is my hero for so many reasons.

  33. Rich

    Jones’ turnovers werent all that bad.

    1. Davis Blocked IU shot then Jones lost the ball in his legs as he fumbled the rebound.
    2. Jones grabs a rebound with one hand and Oladipo is in the absolute perfect place as Jones tries to corral the ball.
    3. Sheehey slapped the ball and JONES’ HAND. Should have been a foul call. But again, he slapped the ball out of Jones’ left hand.
    4. Actually Jones’ fault, he bobbled the ball as defense mugged him. Wouldn’t say he was fouled more like he didn’t take care of the ball.
    5. Jones was double teamed and the ball is slapped loose. Jones’ fault.
    6. Jones drives WITH HIS LEFT HAND, HIGH DRIBBLE is cleanly stripped. Jones’ fault.

    Jones didn’t quit, he had a bad game. I watched the whole thing again. Cal overreacted and benched him late in the game but it was a mistake.

    Any bounce that might have or could have gone his way…didn’t.

    The basketball gods wanted IU to win this one. They had 4 shots that bounced around the rim and WENT IN; a 3pt shot that bounced high and went in, Watford runner that seemed to slip out of his hand, Hulls’ jump shot, etc.
    W we missed 2 huge gimmes. One — Kidd-Gilchrist dunk. Two – Jones passed out of double team to Teague who is all by himself and he misses the unguarded lay-up.

    3 offensive foul calls were horrendous — Lamb in the 1st half – obviously a block b/c the defender wasn’t set, Miller in the 1st half – Oladipo flopped. Wiltjer in 2nd, Zeller flopped.

  34. WinstonWolf

    Eloy can flat out play. The dude is no longer a liability. I’d say we give him 30 min and see what he does.

  35. Montolio

    One thing that many have NOT emphasized was the REASON UK looked rattled during the game. Nearly every time we drove to the basket we were hacked. The officiating was abysmal. Say what you will about the fouls equaling out in the first and second halves, but when you get fouled EVERY drive and its not called, players get frustrated. especially young players. For a mediocre IU team to draw more fouls (or equal to) UK, its obvious the officiating was a factor.

  36. Chris

    Reasons we lost:
    1. TJ played terrible
    2. Indiana made their 3’s and executed very well for 32 mins of the game
    3. We got out-hustled
    4. Questionable charging calls made us timid about taking the ball to the basket
    5. Lack of defensive intensity that know this team is capable of

  37. Philly

    Im just glad that we played horrible no motion on offense, horrible calls to maintain Vegas odds… Also we only lose by one.. Carolina bad game as well and we still win… Our ceiling can go way up yet this team comes together…. Lookout… Loss will help these guys!

  38. Jeffersons little brother

    awful

  39. markp

    Doron Lamb needs to hit his foul shots like a great shooter does. Kyle Macy would not have gone 6 out of 10 in that kind of game. Lamb is typically an 89% shooter at the line, then be it when a lot is at stake.

    33. Maybe Cal was sending a message about some of the late night crap. Just saying.

  40. iloveuk

    KSR,
    PLEASE get rid of ALL comments sections from here on out.
    I love this team…MKG plays out of his mind and with a big heart. They lost one game so far in December. This team is SUPER talented. Period. Please stop pointing fingers and bashing our players.
    GO BIG BLUE!

  41. Rich

    39. I guess… That could have been the reason for benching him.

    As I said, I watched it again and wasn’t struck by the thought that Jones lacked effort. If anything he might have been tired, which could have been caused by Jones breaking curfew as well as being the reason for Cal benching him.

    Lessons I’d like the team to learn from this game.

    1. Make FTs. Just practice and practice with loudspeakers blaring in your ears.
    2. Avoid Offensive fouls, don’t jump until you absolutely have to. Make the defender make a play.
    3. Block out and rebound with intensity. Also, secure the ball before you start to run. Far too often we get a defensive stop, block a shot, or force a steal, and we don’t secure the ball before we start to run the fast break. You have to have possession of the ball to actually start a fast break.
    4. In a last possesion scenario like yesterday, get on a man as soon as you possibly can after the made FT and stick to him. Don’t try to play positioning — you’re not playing for a last second shot. YOU NEED TO FOUL.
    5. Concentrate. Don’t miss gimmes.

  42. Wildcat Kyle

    IU rushed the court like they won the national championship. No, thats not a upset. We are still UK and they are IU so we win.

  43. Just saying

    did anyone hear Darius Miller in the post-game? He said “they made tough shots, Im not sure if they always do, because it is the first time Ive ever seen them play”.

    So the players are allowed to break cerfew, stay out late, run from the law AND they are obviously not made to watch game film. If anyone ever wonders why Cal always has the best players, but never seems to win when he plays a team of similar talent, nothing speaks louder than “its the first time Ive ever seen them play”

  44. BlueFins

    Standard & Poor’s had downgraded the credit they had given us as an unbeatable monster of a team. They also downgraded Jones to junk bond status. Someone tell the kid that we actually play and hustle in the NCAA, this ain’t the NBA. Too many more games like that and his stock will drop with the NBA too! Was thinking you wanted to have a different year, seems like this was the time of year last year when things went to shit for you.

  45. Hal

    ’10-’11 thru first 9 games
    miller: 16-30 3PT, 9.8PPG lamb: 16-33 3PT, 12PPG

    ’11”12 thru first 9 games
    miller: 6-26, 8.9PPG lamb: 18-35 3PT, 14.9PPG

  46. Hal

    collin cowgill traded to As. should play a lot more this season

  47. Al B Sure

    Louisville fans are acting like they beat us. Hey, UofL… Indiana won, not Louisville. Sorry if we actually play a schedule and not a bunch of division ii teams.

  48. dave

    43- cal@UK: 2-1 v UNC, 2-0 v UofL, 4-1 v UF, 7-3 v bigeast. what are you talking about

  49. Terry

    #42 we stormed the field after beating a terrible UT lol!

  50. loublue2

    There are so many inane, nauseatingly ignorant and tragically stupid posts here that I will not be back for a while..at least until the ignorant masses get a clue and shut the hell up. WE ARE UK, GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Experience

    Shout out to Eloy who has held his ground during his recent games, keep up the good work big guy! And Kyle keep your head up and let it fly! We’re going to need you to open things up!

  52. Syrin

    Re: Free throws

    Unfortunate;y, this comes down to individual player desire. Coaches have 20 hours a week of practice, and the reality is they don’t spend it on FT’s. That means players need to get into the gym during unofficial time and shoot 250 extra FT’s a day.

    I predict we go undefeated the rest of the year. Many key players learned some very valuable lessons. No other team is going to get so lucky from the outside, get so many balls bouncing their way, and we will not play that bad as a group the rest of the year.

  53. Al B Sure

    13- Computer Blue: good point. However, I have to show up to my job more than one (or sometimes two days) per week, and those days last for at least 8 hours at a time.

  54. he says she

    35. I agree. To a certain degree, you have to expect a little home cooking… and I am ok with that as long as it’s consistent, but from the point in the first half where UK was up 20-14 until halftime, the officiating was horrendous. Not taking anything away from IU because Kentucky should have fought through that better than they did. But what could have been a longer demoralizing run for UK turned into momentum change in IU’s direction. There were simply too many no-calls or bad calls that went against Kentucky at the end of the first.

  55. Syrin

    43 – You’re being an idiot. Cal PURPOSEFULLY chooses not to make his players watch tape. He doesn’t think it helps that much. We can’t argue with his success. Tell you what. You take Billy Clyde, his verbal and mental abuse, and sit in the tape room then sing “Happy Days are Here Again”.

    Until you show us some proof of the guys “running the team”, I’M NOT BUYING IT. Cal got Cousins and his huge ego and attitude under control. Sacremento hasn’t had as much success as Cal did.

  56. he says she

    49. Please stop using the pronoun “we”. You are definitely not on the “we” side. We refers to Kentucky fans… of which YOU are not one.

  57. Blue Haze

    I may be wearing blue colored glasses, but am I the only one that felt we were homered ever so eloquently? the first half was filled with ticky tack fouls, charges, blocking, and other game changing moments.

    This lose fits squarely on the shoulders of Coach Calipari. He knows it, he will make the ajustments to become a good team. Big Blue Nation needs to accept the fact that for every freshmen UK starts a loss is statisically impossible to avoid.

  58. UofL is next

    and yet again…Matt Jones deletes my post!

  59. Catsincebirth

    If anything good came out of this game it was that we got our point guard back. If Teague can play like that the rest of the year, we will be good to go. Don’t forget we have Beckham eligible for the next game.

  60. 19snl60

    I think that at this point TERRENCE JONES GETS IT!Lay off….he will play his a## off the rest of the way.just growin pains.would not trade him for a zeller.even 2.kyle wiltjer……..SHOOOOOOOIT we have confidence in you. eloy….. keep bangin brother you are earnin your minutes

  61. 19snl60

    terrence jones GETS IT….time to play for Kentucky….not terrence jones…..kyle SHOOOOOOOT please. we have confidence in your shot….eloy you are earning your minutes. bbfavorite

  62. Rick Edwards, Fern Creek, KY.  The Mayor Of Crawdad Town

    Someone tell me, please. When Jones realized that when you play IU in Bloomington, you will be playing a Football game, instead of a Basketball game, was THAT IT? Did he get pushed around and thrown around, and the no calls blow his mind? Or, was it something else? Any insight? Any dumb guesses? Any help appreciated. CATS!