If it was possible to merge Quade Green and Shai Alexander into one point guard, Kentucky may have won today. Both players finished with six points, but their strengths are each other’s weaknesses. Quade runs the offense well, but can’t guard. Shai can guard, but turned it over six times. The two guards rotated in and out during the final four minutes of the game, and afterwards, John Calipari said he wished he’d played them both together.
“I’ve just got to figure out how to play with four minutes to go. Who do I have on the floor? I should have had two point guards on the floor at that time. Do we go smaller? I don’t know. This is going to be a process of hit or miss, see what we like. When it works, we’ll all know that’s what we should be doing.”
“I still don’t know how we’re going to play late in a close game. Obviously, I thought Quade [Green] was going to throw that lob, and he shot it. He’s a freshman.”
The uncertainty at point guard is forcing Cal to have to be way louder during the game, and, as he said, effectively be the team’s leader.
“We don’t have a leader, so I have to lead. I’m too old to lead. I’m too old to stand the whole game. But they need me in that role right now because nobody has taken it yet. It develops. It will develop over time.”
Once he got past the glaring errors (18 turnovers! One-handed rebounds! Sloppy passes!), Calipari actually seemed pleased with his team’s effort.
“We’re a ways away to being what we need to be. But to play in a game like this in that environment and have a chance to win? Wow. Bunch of freshmen did pretty good.”