As we are all well aware, Kentucky is 0-8 in games in which they’ve had a five-minute or longer scoring drought; as we are all also well aware, that must stop if the Cats hope to make any kind of noise in March. Assistant head coach Kenny Payne told reporters getting the offense moving is objective number one for tomorrow night’s game at No. 10 Auburn.
“The challenge is, there’s four, five, six-minute stretches in games where we’re not producing, where we go four minutes without a basket, where we got five minutes and they score seven out of eight possessions. We’re not good enough to make that up. We’re just not. We’re a good team, but when you give teams baskets, literally give them baskets, and it’s going to come down to a two, four, six-point game, you look back at the game and those four-minute spurts, those five-minute spurts that have happened multiple times throughout the game were killing you.”
Payne agrees with Calipari that one way Kentucky can get the offense flowing is by getting the ball to Wenyen Gabriel more.
“Wenyen is a good player and he gives us everything he has. When you look over the last four or five games, I think he’s averaging two or three shots. Here’s a kid who can make jump shots for us. We desperately need shooting. He can do that. So we’ve got to get him on the floor and it’s on not Wenyen but the other guys, when he’s open, to get him the ball in the shooting pocket so he can relax and shoot the ball.”
Between Calipari claiming he’s ditching his rotation to these comments about Wenyen, I think there’s a decent chance Wenyen gets the start tomorrow night.