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Cats roll over Champagne Chalons-Reims 81-58


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Coming into today, we thought this game would be UK’s toughest of the trip. Aside from fifteen minutes in the first half, it wasn’t so bad. The Cats overcame a slow start to roll Champagne Chalons-Reims 81-58.

Karl Towns was the star of the game, leading all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Poythress had his second straight impressive performance, putting up 16 points and 8 rebounds.

It’s only August, and we’ve been saying it a lot, but MAN this team is fun to watch.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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29 responses to “Cats roll over Champagne Chalons-Reims 81-58”

  1. bbn#1

    great win we looked good.. a couple points i have is the ball movement is much better in tyler’s hands with andrew it gets stuck on one side of the court alot.. another comment i have is how do yu keep karl out of the starting lineup.. i have no clue how we will do it.. i guess its a good problem ti have
    cayyuuutsss by 25 biggunsss tomorrow

    1. Han

      He’s benefiting a lot, as is Lee and also Willis, from Trey and Willie sitting this trip out. They’ll then still be a bit behind on conditioning when they rejoin fully.

      But remember, even if he doesn’t start, it’s looking like there won’t be a lot of guys getting more than 20 minutes. We just have too many guys who bring too many good things. There’ll be some guys who play more against certain lineups, and some guys will probably end up playing better together than others. (For instance, maybe the Twins play better together, or maybe Cal decides Aaron scores more with Ullis and he likes Booker at the 2 with Andrew.)

      Who knows if we’ll start with Ullis and the twins, the twins and Booker and 2 big men, or Poythress at the 3 or 4? We have so many quality big men that it’ll be hard not to start 2 guys over 6’10.

    2. Reality

      Downside is nobody is going to put up gaudy individual numbers like we’ve seen in the past that makes them a SC highlight reel superstar, the upside is the second 5 on this team (take your pick on who) would all start on a top 10 team, so fatigue should not be a problem. Get ready to push the tempo and sub like crazy this year!

    3. Han

      There probably won’t be one guy averaging 25 and 12 at any point, but you never know. We could end up with 1 or 2 guys who are the go-to player.

      But as far as Sportscenter, I think we’ll be seeing a few lobs and scoring runs getting play. Having 10-12 guys who play close to 20 minutes mean fresher legs and SEC-caliber starters playing at all times against tired players and bench players. And with less time to break down and make mistakes, some of our guys could see their draft stock high despite being on the bench, a la some of our previous teams and a team or two at UNC over the years. Any way you slice it, we’re going to have a fresh WCS, DJ, KT, ML or TL on the floor for about 38 minutes of any game. How many teams can keep that in check, let alone 2 of those guys at a time.

  2. Han

    Anyone know yet what channel(s) the SEC network will be on TWC? Supposedly will be part of the standard package (those with ~ channels 2-70).

    1. arlo

      i’d like to know too. you’d think they would have let subscribers know by now.

  3. BobKYCats

    Was it 81-58, 81-53, or 1,000,000-44?

  4. ukbradstith

    Post game?

    1. DB11

      Bump

  5. Han

    I’m really liking the high-low game we’ve had at times with Towns or Willis finding Lee, Dakari etc. inside. Poythress is obviously a major lob target. Pretty much everyone except Ullis and maybe Hawkins can throw down lobs easily. And even when we miss it, we often get the rebound. It reminds of when we were most efficient with Davis and Jones dunking inside, or when we had Cousins/Patterson/Orton/Stevenson as almost guaranteed dunks or foul shots any time we threw the ball at the rim.

    We do still have to get back on transition when we miss the lobs or the wide open kickouts, but that’ll come with time and practice. Man, gonna be insane. Just gotta keep guys safe in the air when it gets chippy in dunkfests and blowouts.

    1. Craig

      Really think we’ll be able to play Towns with another big guy (I’m liking the idea of Willie and Karl together) due to his ability to hit a mid range jump shot and to pass from the high post.

    2. Han

      Well, we have to play Towns with another big guy, unless Poythress is playing 40 minutes a game at the 4. We have too many big guys not to.

      Depending how Karl’s D comes along, and how Trey does when he gets going, a WCS/Towns combo seems like an ideal pairing, whether in the first team or 2nd. Dakari may be ahead of a healthy Willie at the 5, but Dakari with Towns probably isn’t our best defensive pairing. If he has another athletic big man at the 4, Willie can do a lot of shotblocking a la Davis alongside Jones in ’12.

      I could certainly see us starting Lyles and Dakari, bringing in Towns and Willie after 5-8 minutes (or vice versa), and then Lee comes in for any of the 4 who need a breather or who get into foul trouble. Then you play Poythress/Booker/Aaron at the 3 with Andrew/Tyler/Hawkins at the 1 and Aaron/Booker/Andrew/Hawkins at the 2.

      If anyone on the team ever puts their hands on their knees or walks back on D, you put in another 5-star player for 4 minutes to remind them to sub themselves out.

  6. CableCat

    Where is the post game show broadcast?

  7. Jeff D

    Is there any post-game coverage?

    1. Ben

      Sean Hannity is apparently more important than a post-game show.

    2. Piedma Schwartz

      ^Hannity is Monica.

  8. retired b-ball player

    I’m very curious, or would like an educated answer/guess, as to why Willis wouldn’t redshirt this year to gain 12-20lbs of muscle and develop his game even more?

    If he dedicated this entire year to getting stronger, eating well, conditioning, and practice (knowing he won’t get many minutes with these other bigs), he would be that much better next year?

    Does anyone else think this way? There are too many weapons for him to play the 3 (Poy, Booker, Aaron H., etc.). So he’s a definite stretch 4 – but too weak right now.

    Thoughts?

    1. bbn#1

      i completely agree with you and im not to sure why this hasnt been discussed more.. especially with our class shaping up to not be as nice or as big as wed hope

    2. RC

      Excellent comment. Reminds me of the benefit that Prickett and Sheppard saw when they came back from redshirting.

    3. ukbradstith

      He really should have redshirted last year. But since he didn’t, he should redshirt this year. Cal doesn’t like to, but Perry Stevenson should have redshirted 2012 too.

    4. rockatao

      It’s not jut the player’s decision on whether to redshirt or not.

    5. Han

      Some guys really want to play no matter how little it’ll be. Whether injured or redshirting, it’s not going to be a lot of fun to sit at the end of the bench in regular clothing while the team plays for a national championship. As long as you’re active, there’s always a chance to get to shine and earn more playing time, hear your name on Sportscenter, and become one of the stars of the team. Other times, Cal may just not want to guarantee a guy he’ll get more minutes in the future. Cal wanted Wiltjer to redshirt to work on his speed and muscle, and he decided he’d rather go to a school where the system would fit his skills better and he’d play more minutes (because Gonzaga’s not going to recruit as many skilled big men, frankly)..

      But Willis does seem like a guy that is definitely worth having on the roster however long he’s here, so that 5th year on schollie shouldn’t be a burden in recruiting. He may not ever start here, but he could earn better minutes by the 4th or 5th year if he does redshirt. Hopefully he or Lee will have that discussion with the coaching staff. I want to see them all play this year, but we might be able to play two sets of 5 guys all season without ever needing an 11th or 12th player.

  9. Dubbya

    For the first time my friends who root for other teams don’t have a comeback. I’m seeing legitimate fear from the rest of the college basketball world as they watch in horror what is happening in the Bahamas.

    1. UKBlue1!

      There was a collective #2 dropped in April when the twins, Poythress and WCS all announced they were coming back.

  10. Greg

    The SEC Network launches Thursday and if you’re wondering where to find it, channel 404 on Dish and 516,517 on TWC in Lexington.

    1. Ben

      And if you’re Directv, it’s 611

    2. Han

      Thanks. Where’d you find the info? TWC’s site was less than forthcoming for me.

  11. larry pro21

    Heck with a redshirt…gimme the ball…