It’s been several hours since Kentucky’s 91-68 win over San Lorenzo de Almagro and I’m still wired. It’s late here, but I can’t sleep yet, so allow me to share my thoughts on one of the wildest, most unpredictable and giddy nights I’ve had in some time.
When the lights went out, this team turned on
Kentucky looked good when the lights were on, but they came alive when Tyler Herro shot them out. When asked if they would like to call the game with Kentucky up 18 points, the players refused, insisting the game go on. I was in the pool of reporters interviewing Tony Barbee after the game, and he impressed the significance of the moment, telling us that in the four years he’s been part of the staff (including the 38-1 season), he’s never seen a more competitive group.
That’s no more reflected than what happened a few hours later, when…
After the big win, players went BACK to the gym
Quade Green started a trend. After the sophomore guard went back to the court to shoot for two hours following Kentucky’s debut, his teammates followed. Tyler Herro went to the court for two hours Thursday morning, and last night, PJ Washington, Immanuel Quickley, Jemarl Baker, and Keldon Johnson joined them:
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— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 10, 2018
I realize it’s August, but this bodes well.
What happened when the cameras went off
Matt periscoped most of the happenings when the power went out, but a few things worth noting:
- Dan Dakich and a group of children appeared on the court to conduct an impromptu coaching clinic. Seth Greenberg joined them and the broadcasting duo had the kids run up and down the court, which was a little odd, but well-intentioned, I guess?
- John Calipari announced the game would go on without the TV cameras. Old school manual scoreboards were brought in and the announcer notified teams on the PA system when there were 10 seconds on the shot clock.
- Tom Leach called all the action via cell phone. He is a true professional.
- The SEC Network blamed Matt and KSR for it all for some reason.
- Maybe I shouldn’t have asked for those power strips.
I’m impressed by Tyler Herro on and off the court
Through two games, Tyler Herro has 38 points (13-21 FT, 4-8 3PT, 8-8 FT), which could easily go to a freshman’s head. On Wednesday, Herro shrugged off his growing mantle as the fan favorite, and when asked again last night, he warmed up to it a tiny bit.
“I hope I’m a fan favorite but I’m just going to continue playing my game and have fun with my teammates,” Herro said.
For as confident as Herro is on the court, he seems humble off it, which is a very good thing.
As you can see in the clip above, Herro did the three goggles AND Devin Booker’s reload motion after his threes last night. Keldon Johnson also broke out Jamal Murray’s bow and arrow. Honoring past traditions?
Dr. Mike’s gallery is awesome
How fun is this team? See it for yourself in Dr. Mike’s photo gallery on Facebook:
Big Blue Nation turned up in force in paradise to watch the Cats whip a tough Argentinian pro team SLA 91-68 in the…
I’m not sure what to make of the short-sleeved hoodies.
No basketball today
Today is the blessed day off in the Bahamas, so the team will take a cruise on a catamaran and most of the media plans to take a cruise down the
lazy rapid river. Before we get to that, listen to two hours of KSR starting two hours from now. Given last night, this is can’t miss radio.