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Morning after leftovers: Cal takes Jerry’s seat, Blue got in & Grayson Allen’s still a punk


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Last night, Kentucky’s freshmen learned that no matter how ugly it is, a win is a win, especially on the road in the SEC. After a long night in Memorial Gymnasium and a good night’s sleep, here are my takeaways from the Cats’ 87-81 victory over Vanderbilt.

1. Calipari’s still worried about who’s backing up Bam

In the first half last night, Bam Adebayo was excellent; the big man built on a string of impressive performances with a perfect 3-3 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line. Unfortunately, Bam got into foul trouble in the second half and also drew an earful from John Calipari after missing a gimme when he should have dunked it (a “Pebbles” moment, if you will). Regardless, Bam is improving and when he’s not in, Kentucky is extremely vulnerable in the post. Based on last night’s postgame press conference, this may be the number one issue bothering Calipari.

“I gotta get Isaac (Humphries) – I gotta figure out what we’re going to do when Bam (Adebayo’s) not in. We’ll keep trying Isaac, but if it can’t be Isaac, it can’t be Isaac. You saw that I went small. I kind of liked that. You’re still 6-(foot)-10 and 6-9. What do I think we’re the Lakers? We gotta have two 7-footers out there? I mean, we’re 6-10 and 6-9 and that’s with Wenyen (Gabriel) and Derek (Willis). But, a good win for us.”

Simply put: work in progress.

2. Freshmen are freshmen, but these freshmen are fun

Kentucky’s youth was on display at times last night, but De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk showed poise at the end, with Fox slashing to the lane and Monk draining four crucial free throws in the final twenty seconds of the game. You can tell the freshmen’s occasional lack of discipline irritates the crap out of Cal (like Monk’s showboaty dunk attempt in the second half), but even he admitted that this group is fun to watch.

“Look, I got good players. I’m sitting here, it’s not about me coaching. I’ve got really good players. My job is to get them more disciplined, more focused, playing when another team’s playing a certain way. But we got talented kids now. Watching this team play, you’ve got to have fun. Like, wow, this is fun watching them. The stuff they do, as fast as they’re playing, some unbelievable plays that they make.”

3. Calipari stole Jerry Tipton’s chair at the postgame press conference

Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox spoke to reporters before John Calipari came out and left the two chairs at the podium covered in sweat. Cal’s presser got off to a hilarious start when he came in, saw the sweaty chairs, and made Jerry Tipton give up his seat so he didn’t have to sit in them:

4. Briscoe gave Calipari one high layup and that’s it

Calipari’s been trying to get Isaiah Briscoe to shoot his layups higher, and Briscoe did that at least once last night before returning to his usual form.

“I shot one high layup and it went in,” Briscoe said. “The rest of them were just my regular layups.”

Calipari was not surprised.

“No. He’s hard-headed. There’s no way. He hates the fact—I’d rather get five blocked and make one than miss four and make one.”

5. Both Briscoe and Fox were proud of how the team played in a half-court setting

Kentucky’s known for burning teams in transition, but both De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe said they were proud of how the team handled Vandy forcing them to play a half-court offense.

“It was extremely important, just being able to show people even if we’re not out and running that we can execute in the half-court,” Fox said. “I think that’s what we did in the second half.”

Briscoe agreed.

“I think today we showed people that not only are we a transition team, but we can play in the half-court also.”

(Yes…but please get the ball to Bam more often!)

6. Blue got in

Thank goodness Kentucky fans came to last night’s game, or it would have been a really embarrassing showing for Vandy. Blue got in all over the place, specifically the end zones:

There were several brave Kentucky fans in the Vanderbilt student section:

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Well done. Also, as Townsend Miller pointed out on Twitter, is that Patrick Towles’ twin on the right?

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Even Bryce Drew commented on the number of Kentucky fans in the crowd last night.

“Crowd was great, but in the future, we’ve got to get a little more black and gold in there.”

Oh, Bryce. Good luck with that.

7. Calipari found a silver lining in Kentucky’s poor outside shooting

Kentucky was 1-9 from three-point land but still won, which Calipari saw as a blessing in disguise.

“I told them after the game, we were 1 for 9 from the 3 and I ecstatic, because when you’re 1 for 9 and you still win you prove to your team you do not need to make 3s to win. Many teams in this country if they’re not making 3s they got no chance of winning. We’re not one of them. This was a prime example. They played well.”

8. A Vanderbilt student won a three-year lease on a new car with this half-court shot

I hate Vandy’s weird ass gym more than anyone, but this was a really cool moment at halftime:

You go, Andre. Not even mad about that.

9. Karl Towns called in to ESPN’s broadcast

I was at the game, so I didn’t see this, but Karl Towns called in to ESPN’s broadcast to talk about the game because of course he did. Once I get some breakfast and wake up a bit, I’m going to hunt down the video to share it with you in case you also missed it. Karl is the best.

10. Baylor, Duke, and Indiana lost last night

Which makes this morning even more awesome. Not only did Duke lose, they got blown out by Florida State 88-72, and it shouldn’t surprise you, but Grayson Allen shoved a Florida State assistant coach, further cementing his legacy as the most unlikeable player in college basketball:

Death, taxes, and Grayson Allen being a punk.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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31 responses to “Morning after leftovers: Cal takes Jerry’s seat, Blue got in & Grayson Allen’s still a punk”

  1. Duuuuuude

    The story from Duke will be that Allen was moving the assistant out of the way so as to protect him against Allen’s body as he landed in the bench.

  2. runningunnin.454

    I didn’t read Allen’s obit this a.m., so I guess he didn’t shove Leonard Hamilton.
    By the way, Hamilton has a really really good team.

  3. Sentient Third Eye

    This is the game I wanted to see: the freshmen facing adversity on the road. They came through like veterans to overcome foul trouble and play with restraint to eek out a win.

  4. Booby Petrino

    Bring back Fox’s headband! That’s probably why he picked up 2 early fouls, no headband. He played well in the 2nd half without it, but the team clearly needs him to bring it back. 🙂

  5. Angelo

    Why did Grayson Allen shove the guy as he is falling into the crowd? Makes no sense. He is going to end up with a head injury.

    1. cjruk1

      Funny you say that as Allen was the one who actually ended up with a head injury during last night’s game.

  6. @BRadfromtheBoo

    It is abundantly clear that Duke isn’t going to do anything about Allen on their own.
    The ACC needs to step in and suspend him themselves or this is just going to keep escalating.
    Allen is clearly just like Coach K, a sore loser, and lashes out any time something doesn’t go his way.
    That was nothing but a cheap shot.
    If I were every other team that Duke faces, I’m doing everything I can to get on Allen’s nerves when I’m playing him. It takes very little to frustrate him and he’s going to lash out again. And with his reputation, refs aren’t going to let the questionable stuff slide.

    1. Clyde X

      Good post. I would disagree that the ACC refs “…aren’t going to let the questionable stuff slide.” It’s Duke. The closest thing they ever have to playing with a “fair whistle” is only two or three questionable calls against their opponent.

    2. Luether

      “Sore loser”? Must be a Democrat…

    3. Megan

      K’s no loser. He’s just reprehensible. And yes, a Republican. I’ll leave it to others to draw a causal connection.

      Just read an interesting piece about red counties/districts and what makes people in rural America different from people who live in and around cities. Republicans, says a Republican minister from Iowa, believe people are basically bad. They’re born bad and have to learn to be good. Democrats believe people are basically good. They’re born good and are taught to be bad by outside influences. So when an adult does something wrong, like shoot people in a nightclub, Republicans make it simple: Blame the man and don’t look any further. Democrats overthink it by wanting to know why he did what he did. To the Republican, it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t the guns or the bullets or the violence of video games. It was the man.

      Hadn’t heard it put that way before.

  7. Jiminy Crickets

    I do not see why people are so surprised by Allen’s behavior. This is Duke basketball. Duke has always had one or two guys on the floor that intentionally insinuated fans, coaches, and other teams. This is the way Coach K teaches his kids. It’s been this way for decades. The only reason Allen Got suspended was because it became a national news. For the remainder of the year, the media will continually find his actions as indeterminate on intention. The media loves Duke, and thanks Coach K is the savior and Saint of college basketball. They will never fully condemn him. The majority of media talking heads for college basketball, are ormer Duke players

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      Grayson Allen’s behaviors are NOT typical of the majority of Duke’s players. Duke’s players may largely be entitled and rich boys, but they don’t typically display these types of behaviors. Don’t make this a Duke thing. I love to hate Duke too, but you can’t hang these behaviors on Duke. You can blame Duke for their decision not to make him responsible and to continue to put a player on the floor that unreasonably endangers the opposing team, but the behaviors are Allen’s alone.

    2. EdC

      I don’t believe Duke taught this psychopathic behavior BUT it is very apparent that Krycryski has and continues to coach questionable behavior. Years ago every jump shooter caught a quick punch to the gut when they shot. Until the officials started calling it he kept teaching it. More recently it has been very clear that he has taught flopping techniques, i.e. how to sell it. That started being called so now it has decreased. Duke CLEARLY cries for calls all the time. None of this is coincidence. If somebody has no moral issue with it that is their call but to me it is all encouraging telling lies and cheating until refs. call them on it. Not high moral ground in IMO.

    3. Bluebloodtoo

      EdC – Yup… I’ll go with that, but that’s not exactly what Jiminy was saying though… or at least that’s not how i read his comments.

    4. Jiminy Crickets

      That is actually exactly what I said. Duke always has one or two players that are infamous for tripping, flopping, hitting, hand checking, or flopping. This is Duke basketball. Coach K, has never stop this behavior. When Christian Laettner stomp on I need new Timberlake’s chest, did anyone think that this was an isolated incident? We may have at the time, but we have seen numerous years and numerous seasons later that this is a behavior that is not only accepted at Duke but apparently is accepted only at Dick

    5. Jiminy Crickets

      Aminu lol, voice text

  8. Bluebloodtoo

    Why the F is everyone trying to protect GA?! “He’s been through a lot” – Yeah, a lot of responsibility for his own actions and decisions. It seems like there is more to his history than is being aired publicly. I can understand that kids get in tough situations and learn behaviours that aren’t ideal, but how do you teach them responsibility by sweeping it under the rug? No one is doing this kid a favor by ignoring his actions. Oh and FSU coach – you are LIAR. Allen’s upper body had lost all of it’s inertia when it was transferred to your upper body. That’s why Allen’s upper body didn’t continue it’s path to the floor. He landed on his butt and hands because he transferred that inertia to you with the shove.

  9. Jiminy Crickets

    * thinks. Sorry, I use voice text

  10. Jiminy Crickets

    It is easy to see his arm extended as he makes contact with the the coach, even clearly appears that he stares at the coach for a split second prior to raising his arm to hit him. I feel so sorry for Allen, he is been a spoiled rotten rich kid his entire life, has been praised his entire life, and plays for Duke basketball. His spoiled rotten behavior should be overlooked because he is so mistreated and has had to undergo so much in his life ( ad sarcasm)

  11. BlueGrass

    I feel like we’re watching a volcano with that kid and at some point this season he’s going to completely lose control. It’s like watching someone with an addiction, he can’t control himself. I just hope it ruins their entire season when it happens.

  12. Bluebloodtoo

    Let’s draw another correlation – What did Cuz do in college to get attention on his attitude? How many people are throwing fits about Cuz’s attitude and technicals in the NBA? How does that compare to what we are witnessing with Grayson Allen?

  13. Clyde X

    First, it should be a rule on KSR that any reference made to the little punk, Grayson Allen should always refer to him as “the little punk, Grayson Allen”. Second, does anyone doubt that if it were a UK player behaving like the little punk, Grayson Allen, the national sports media would be all over Calipari to control his player? But, this is Coach K, the greatest coach who ever lived so, there is never a word or even a hint of criticism.

    1. BlueGrass

      To be fair, K has got a lot of criticism over his handling of this. In the long run, that won’t matter, but in the short term he got lit up by several in the media.

    2. Megan

      Yes, that’s the only reason he suspended Grayson indefinitely, which we all knew meant no more than one game.

  14. EdC

    Just sitting back waiting for Duke to play Louisville. Remember how Pitino’s thugs spent the entire game trying to get Boogie to explode?

    1. ClutchCargo

      I will have some popcorn ready for this one. Wouldn’t mind seeing a Loserville player shut that sh%t down, since it seemed to start with the U of L game last year, I believe.

  15. mikep

    I feel sorry for whoever the Tripper marries because you know he will abuse him/her.

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      Yep, and hopefully GA’s father takes a lot of credit for how his son turned out too… Unless he was adopted, of course. There is something about his history that is making people close to the situation be more sensitive to this issue. That info apparently hasn’t been released to the public. I can’t see any other reason why this would be allowed to continue. Based on the response of the FSU coach, there has to be extenuating circumstances that are causing people close to the situation to react differently.

  16. 2thepoint

    Yep, win at all costs, use disinformation as an excuse to excuse Allen. If he was the #12 guy on the bench he would have been gone a long time ago.

  17. Luether

    Say what you will about Grayson Allen, but Dook is the best team in the country…

    1. GUNSLINGER

      You didn’t watch their game last night, did you? It was FSU men vs Duke little boys.