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Mychal Mulder is Finding his Niche in UK’s Four-Guard Lineup

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In the second half of his second and final season at Kentucky, Mychal Mulder has found a way to consistently contribute in an unusual position: power forward.

John Calipari has tried a four-guard lineup a few times, finding success when Mulder fights.  As Malik Monk battled foul trouble against Arkansas, Mulder played nine minutes and knocked down a pair of threes.

“I loved the fact that he fought and didn’t give an inch,” Calipari said today.  “He battles.  He wasn’t afraid.  He makes us different.”

When Mulder entered the game, Kentucky extended their lead.  Describing it as a “great opportunity,” Mulder showcased his ability to defend forwards, something he did in junior college.

“In junior college I got to do that a little on that team. I had that kind of experience in the past,” Mulder said.  “In my second year I played the four a little bit. We didn’t really have a huge team that year, so I had the opportunity to play the four a little bit and see what I can do down there.”

That experience paid off.

“As a guard trying to guard a big like that — especially that guy, he was a pretty big guy — I was just trying to keep the ball away from him. Try to front him as much as I can, fight for rebounds, fight for position. As long as you’re fighting I think you’ll be fine.”

And as long as Mulder keeps fighting, Calipari will keep playing him as Kentucky’s guard/forward.

Hear everything Mulder and Dominque Hawkins had to say after the jump.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 responses to “Mychal Mulder is Finding his Niche in UK’s Four-Guard Lineup”

  1. a21CATSfan

    This is the lineup I’ve wanted and commented about all season. Wenyen should start at 4 for energy, and Mulder and Willis should split the rest. Wenyen can back up Bam if needed (a quick blow, or foul trouble) and we wouldn’t have to see those atrocious backup bigs. Dom should only come in for Briscoe, and Mulder can plug in for Fox or Monk if needed, playing alongside Willis and Bam. Hawkins cannot fill the offensive void if he subs for Fox or Monk.

    1. a21CATSfan

      And if Diallo is ready to play at ANY point this season, a lineup of Fox, Monk, Briscoe, Diallo and Bam should definitely be used. Just sounds fun.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    So then, we were told wrong when we were told he can’t play defense? It’s just that he can’t defend guards?

  3. unbridled

    Gabrielle should not start. Derek Willis is earning that spot. Mulder should see the fooor much more. No offense to dominque Hawkins, but the cats need mulders offense. When monk is having an off night…molder needs to play. Basically anytime they need offense, mulder should get a shot.

  4. BiasedBigfoot

    Bout time!

  5. Luether

    I sense turmoil with this team…