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Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

38 responses to “Four Things That Must Change For Kentucky to Reach Its Potential This Season”

  1. KYjellyRoll

    Where is baker?!

    1. Realme

      Still keeps having knee issues.

    2. CatsandPats

      He’s been converted to equipment manager. Basketball just isn’t his forte.

  2. terwilliger

    Our bigs need to learn to pass out of the post.

  3. bigblue2284

    If UK has to depend of Green they are done. Green is absolutely awful, he can’t shoot, defend or pass. Quickly may be the only hope at PG but the issues are much worse than just point guard. There are zero NBA caliber players on this roster, no alpha on the roster period.

    1. UKPROF

      Excellent observation.

    2. J-Dub421

      You clearly know nothing about basketball or Green. Green is one of the best passers on the team, his defense improved over the course of last season and continues to improve this season, and he is a reliable shooter (about 38% from 3 pt range last season).

    3. bigblue2284

      If your suggesting Green is a good player you don’t know basketball. He is shooting a blistering 28% from three this year which would likely be a little higher if his basketball IQ weren’t horrid.

    4. dcforuk

      Keldon is an MKG-like alpha. I generally would agree though that there is no AD-like alpha talent let alone ZW!

  4. bigblue2284

    Also just spitballing here but let Robic coach and Cal recruit?

    1. Corder

      So a man that has gone to numerous final fours and won a championship and has gone to a couple of championship games now should just recruit. Also what is so great about Robic? You know nothing of Robic’s coaching ability and yet want to say we should replace a Hall of fame coach with a man that has never been a head coach. Makes since. What a joke of a fan you are.

    2. bigbluebanana

      Trolls yo, we don’t need em, but they need our direct interaction to be relevant

    3. UKPROF

      Another EXCELLENT idea!

    4. bigblue2284

      not suggesting Robic is so great but Cal is that bad, I watched Kevin Ollie own him for a title.

  5. Youngcat25

    Is the game on SEC network or SEC alt

    1. JTHinton

      North Dakota (MBB) is SEC Net
      MTSU (FB) is SEC Alt

      Go big blue!

  6. Kat4Life

    I think our team will eventually gel, and we can be a title contender before the season plays out. We are likely in store for more pain as our team finds it’s way……expect a minimum of 5 conference losses (SEC is absolutely poison this year), a loss to Kansas (hey, they are better than we are this year), and a runner-up in the SEC tourney.

    We’ll take 8-10 losses and our 6 seed into the NCAA dance and see what we can do.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Another 9-10 loss season? It’ll be Caliparis 6th season out of 10 losing 9 games or more. But we have the most draft picks

    2. Zissou87

      Kat4Life, I couldn’t agree more.
      Jiminy Crickets, I don’t see many draft picks on this team. (Per NBAdraft.net)

    3. Willis Wolf Tattoo

      Kansas is a great team but to say they are better after two games is ridiculous. Very beatable team by late January in Rupp.

    4. mashburnfan1

      Title contender? Please let me meet you and place a bet on that. This team has ZERO chance of winning a title. Was obvious to see that Cal once again missed on the best talent of the FR class so we are done. Only chance he has ever had was getting the best FR and having some talent returning. He does not have either of those this year, the guys returning are only back because they are not that good and the new ones {some are decent} are not the best of the best. I had hope since we had Travis coming in but the FR are not good enough to get us a title. Another year already gone but come June he will push a couple more to the draft and brag about NBA picks. The new UK, well not new but last 10 years.

    5. Willis Wolf Tattoo

      mashburnfan1, is the glass half-empty or half-full I can’t tell??

    6. ClutchCargo

      Mashburn, just think of all the free time you will have until April now that UK’s basketball season has been canceled. Maybe find something less stressful that you can enjoy.

  7. UKPROF

    Making excuses for a team before the season even begins? Not good. I like “bigblue2284” suggestion above, let Robic COACH the team.

  8. ClutchCargo

    Reading through most of these comments makes me want to bang my forehead on the desk. I wonder how some of these people handle even the simplest real life problems. Cal is right, you people are crazy, but not in a good way.

    1. bigblue2284

      It’s ok to point out when things aren’t great, I wonder if you just live a life of denial.

    2. ClutchCargo

      I think we can all agree that everything isn’t perfect in the world right now. But beating a dead horse, and then doubling down to say Robic should replace Cal on the sideline is just beyond dumb.

    3. bigblue2284

      I doubled down to make a point. Cal has a reputation of not being a good x and o coach. I could point to at least 5 years he had the best team in the country and fell flat, most of which was because of his coaching. Fans can ignore this when he’s bringing in talent like Davis, Wall and Cousins but thats not what he gets anymore Duke does. This leaves us with a less than ideal coach and a former great recruiter who misses the top talent yearly. I’m sick of watching awful basketball most of the season just to flame out in the tournament right when we are starting to “gel”.

  9. KYJelly

    It’s pretty simple why Cal has went Hagans & Herro over Quickley & Green, and it’s that their ceiling is a lot higher than those guys. They can’t get better in the time we need them too without getting serious minutes.

    As for the bigs, Ej & Nick are similar, Reid & PJ are similar. So you need one of each on the court at a time. When you go both PJ & Reid, it hurts you interior defense. When you go Nick & EJ, you lose that bully inside.

    1. J-Dub421

      Hagans and Herro can both get their minutes coming off the bench. They shouldn’t be starting right now.

  10. Bigblueswami

    We have to use our talented tightend, don’t over pursue the flow of the run, hit the sideline routes so corners can’t cheat inside and eliminate dumb penalties. As far as basketball goes, just get our heads out of our ass and come to play.

  11. bwise

    Richards still either gets pushed out of the lane by D2 centers or is way too far under the basket, doesn’t know when the ball is coming to him. I completely disagree with Richards here.

    1. twilkjr

      Richards will never make it at this level

  12. BigolBlue

    Cals offensive gameplan ” goooooo”. He rolls the ball out too much

  13. michaelb

    Did coach really blame Washingtons woes on his pinky ? They fixed it before the Bahamas.

    1. CatsandPats

      Wayyyy before the Bahamas. It’s simply a lack of effort. It’s simple, really. You have 2 options. Work harder than anyone else to get better, or watch those same teams hand your ass to you. It will only go one way or the other.

  14. VirginiaCat

    I agree that Kentucy’s chances of hanging #9 are not good, but you never know what is going to happen in the tournament. Sometimes luck intervenes and provides a once-in-a lifetime perfect path to the Final Four. Oh wait, that happened last year. We were heavy favorites to land a final four berth, but got knocked off by a less talented team. Not to worry, Cal took responsibility for being out coached. We could take comfort in knowing that next year (this year) would be different. So per usual, we start the season highly ranked and are favored against our arch rival, Duke. We get humiliated in front of a national audience, but that’s okay because Cal admitted that his team was unprepared and that he was out coached. Anyone see a pattern in recent years?

  15. twilkjr

    I just get tired of all the excuses they come up with for looking terrible.