Whether he will admit it or not (and he wouldn’t when asked earlier this week), Malik Monk has had eyes on tomorrow’s game against Arkansas since the schedule came out. As you probably already know, Monk is from Arkansas and picked Kentucky over his home state school, which led to the traitor label he earned prior to his senior season of high school and all the way up until today, one day before he faces the school he shunned for the Big Blue.
There is absolutely no doubt Monk will try to put on a show against his peers and the fans he left behind, but that could lead to him trying to do too much and, in turn, having a bad game.
Today, John Calipari said, “When he gets too hyped, he is not at his best. When he gets too hyped, he doesn’t shoot it as well, mind starts racing a little bit, and he’s not the calm, athletic, attack player that he needs to be when he is at his best.”
Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said yesterday, “Malik knows every guy on our team. For the most part, he used to play with them in the summers growing up here. I’m sure he’s going to be charged up to play and get his guys to play. There will be a lot of emotion involved in it.”
But Calipari will do all he can to reel Monk in a little bit before tip-off so he isn’t too “charged up,” as Anderson put it.
“He and I will talk about it before the game,” Cal said.
No matter what Cal says to get him to play calm, there is no stopping Monk from trying to show out against the Razorbacks. Not a chance.