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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: A Little Questionnaire for WVU

Having serious computer issues this morning, and considering I work with Tony Vanetti and Drew Deener, nearly every computer here at work has been smashed to pieces.  Point being, it will be a quick post this morning.  What I thought we would do is go through the players and ask a KEY question coming into West Virginia.  Your job is to answer them.  Simple, right?

1) DARIUS MILLER: Is Darius Miller UK’s best player right now?

2) JOSH HARRELLSON: Has Josh become an offensive WEAPON?

3) TERRENCE JONES: Does Jones need to break out of his funk for further UK success?

4) BRANDON KNIGHT: Was the Princeton game just an anomaly or are you worried about his nerves in the NCAA Tournament?

5) ELOY VARGAS: Has Vargas’ improved play earned him more than his 3 minutes a game?

6) DORON LAMB: How does he not get a single 3-point attempt against Princeton?

7) DEANDRE LIGGINS: Could he be the “difference-maker” going forward on the offensive end?

OK, that is about all my computer is letting me type.  And real quick, a thanks to everybody who sent me nice messages on Twitter and Facebook about the call-in show last night.  And Matt even gave me credit for a good point I made, so we are making progress together folks.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

43 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: A Little Questionnaire for WVU

  1. BLY 4EVA
    9:22 am March 18, 2011 Permalink


  2. Mr. Economy
    9:24 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I am getting tired of Polson not getting any ink here!!

  3. Mr. Economy
    9:24 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Opps, make that electrons……

  4. CatsFanInKnoxville
    9:28 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. One of, if not, the best. Probably still vote for Knight.
    2. Yes, he seems to get better every game.
    3. Wouldn’t hurt if he showed up. All 5 on the floor need to be productive at this point.
    4. Anomaly. He’ll take over on Saturday.
    5. Possibly, especially if Jones keeps not showing up. Maybe 6-7 minutes is more appropriate.
    6. Not sure. He’s better than that.
    7. His defense doesn’t hurt anything…well except for the teams total foul count. If they let them play, he’s certainly a difference maker. If they whistle it tight, it’s hard for him to stay on the floor.

  5. jangle leg
    9:28 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    bti = chris burke fart

  6. mattyice57
    9:29 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    We desperately NEED T Jones to play his best against WVU. They are monsters on the glass and if he doesn’t give Harrellson any help down low then UK has no shot at making the Sweet 16

  7. jp
    9:29 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Yes
    2) Yes
    3) Yes
    4) Anomaly
    5) Yes
    6) Bad Strategy on Offense
    7) No

  8. dubowski
    9:33 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Knight averages 17 points a game. He scored 2 points yesterday. I predict he will post 32 on the Mountaineers. I mean, it’s science.

  9. DT
    9:33 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1)Nope. Though Darius has made great strides, Knight is still the best player.
    2)I don’t think WEAPON is the right term, but the fact that he has been finishing around the basket when given the chance is something else defenses need to account for.
    3)I think the team is functioning better now that Jones isn’t hogging the ball every trip down the floor. If he gets 10 points but has 10 boards and 3 blocks I think we’re good.
    4)Anomaly. No nerves on the game winner.
    5)Good to see Eloy play well against Florida and Princeton. Still not Jorts.
    6)Unacceptable and we need to make sure he gets shots against WVU, which shouldn’t be a problem.
    7)Is is me or is DeAndre’s shot falling a lot more in the last few games? I feel confident now when he takes a three.

    And now my question for you: How shocked were you when Jones’ three went in?

  10. gsmill
    9:35 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) DARIUS MILLER: Yes…he is straight up money
    2) JOSH HARRELLSON: Not necessarily a weapon, but definitely not a liability either.
    3) TERRENCE JONES: Jones does not impress me, he forces his game, I don’t think it is a funk, rather a need to find a game.
    4) BRANDON KNIGHT: Not worried about Brandon at all!!!
    5) ELOY VARGAS: We are now 7 deep, Vargas has found his spot.
    6) DORON LAMB: Freshman jitters, he will get his swagger back versus West Virginia
    7) DEANDRE LIGGINS: He is not a difference maker, but you can count of a few nice plays each game

  11. I Popped A Blood Vessel
    9:38 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Yes
    6. I don’t care. We shoot way too many 3 pointers as is.
    7. No. Liggins needs to think defense, defense, defense. He should only worry about scoring on fastbreak attempts.

  12. SanDiegoDave
    9:42 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Yes
    2. No. He’s a garbage man just like Kurt Rambis. UK needs a garbage man to win a championship this year.
    3. Yes
    4. Anomaly
    5. No. However, there is no one else on the bench and somebody’s got to come off it.
    6. Princeton took Lamb’s looks away by playing good defense.
    7. Yes. Someone other than Miller, Lamb, and Jones needs to contribute if this team is going to advance any farther.

    2) Polson sucks, as does Poole. Even if every other player on the team goes pro this year, and I mean EVERYBODY, they still wouldn’t get any playing time next year.

  13. Poop Scoop
    9:48 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Miller is not our best player right now, the position still belongs to Brandon Knight. Miller is the player that needs the ball in his hands whenever we go into a draught on the offensvie end. He can score be driving the lane and also from the outside. Plus, Miller is 6,7′, so he can usually find a mismatch either shooting over smaller guards or taking big men off the dribble. That is why his little floater shot is effective.

    2) Harrellson has become somewhat of an offensive weapon, but only against teams like Princeton. If we play OSU, you will see very little dumping the ball down to Harrelson in the post. If UK was to do that against OSU, the player on the receiving end would probably be T Jones.

    3) Jones…….Ughh

    4) Brandon Knight had a difficult game. It helpded the Journeymen of the team to step up produce for this team. Knight will come back. his slump won’t last forever.

    5) Eloy, be happy with what you are getting

    6) Lamb will get his shots, it was the 1st game of the NCAA’s and the freshmen were taken off guard.

    7) Liggins, if he can score, yes he can be a difference maker. Plus, with his defense and instinct to snap, he gives UK that view over the edge that can help a team push past obstacles.

  14. bung
    9:49 am March 18, 2011 Permalink kentucky
    too soft
    he can go to the basket good

    What was your good point?

  15. BTIs_RA
    9:51 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is it just me, or does Poole not seem like a player that we’ll love in later years? I know he hasn’t played at all, and I’m sure that there’s a reason for that, but he has more fire, more energy, and cheers harder, than anyone else on the bench or on the court. I think he really loves this team

  16. SanDiegoDave
    9:53 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    16) You are probably right on all counts. Unfortunately for him, he’s going to continue loving this team on the end of the bench with Poole sitting next to him.

  17. knightynight
    9:53 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I used to smoke pot with Tony Vanetti. It was Tony Vanetti and Drew Deener and we were blazin that shit up every day.

  18. Smack Talker
    9:53 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Yes he is
    2. Sometimes
    3. If by funk you mean get healthy, yes
    4. Obviously an anomaly, never worried about his nerves
    5. Obviously he hasn’t…see yesterday’s minutes (3)
    6. I give up, how DID he not get a single 3-point attempt against Princeton
    7. He certainly COULD be

  19. Smack Talker
    9:55 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    18- Sounds like fun…

  20. ukchampion
    9:56 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    these are the questions going forward… great post BTI.

    1 YES Miller scores WITH MORE EASE than anyone on our team by far.

    2 he is a weapon that should be used when our offense is struggling to get going. when offense is going not so much, just crash boards.

    3, 4, 6: the freshman trio are playing TIGHT!! when we play tight we get beat. Lamb and Knight need to come out ready to hit shots and Jones crashing boards/getting to the rim otherwise we are in trouble!!

    5 when Vargas comes in and shocks the world by not being a collosal failure, it pumps the crowd up AND gives the team a boost!

    7 Liggins is too much of a matchup problem to not use him in some capacity on offense. and he is hitting shots. i think he has been involved on offense the perfect amount.

  21. Captain Wildcat
    9:56 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    2.not really
    5.not really, just to spell jorts. Why is everyone so concerned about his playing time?
    7.maybe if he can finish

  22. Doubting Thomas
    9:58 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Yes
    4. Yes and No
    5. Yes
    6. ??
    7. Yes

  23. tom5673
    9:59 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    jones looked terrible yesterday. the blocked shot and 3-ball were great, but if he is a lottery pick, he has to do much more.
    i think knight and lamb will break out against wvu. at least, i hope they do.
    harrelson looked like he was on a mission yesterday. very emotional. that’s what we need. we have to get after these guys, or they will take it to us. i can’t stomach another loss to huggins and the mountaineers.
    go big blue!

  24. RDB
    10:01 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Miller — yes
    2. Harrellson — no
    3. Jones — definitely
    4. Knight — nope
    5. Vargas — no
    6. Lamb — Princeton’s defense
    7. Liggins — maybe

  25. TreyDay
    10:05 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) I would have him tied with Knight as best player. I expect both of them to have above average games tomorrow.
    2) If Jones would play to his potential then yes I believe Jorts is a useful weapon. Doubling down on Jones would leave Josh open which leads to easy points.
    3) Absolutely. If you play a 6 man rotation, and one person has an off game we are more than likely out of the tourney. We got lucky yesterday without Knight’s usual production.
    4) There is ice in that kid’s veins, as shown by his last second drive. He will be a different player on the floor tomorrow. Even John Wall had some off games. And just remember that Knight won the game for us.
    5) He needs to play more than 3 minutes a game yes. If UK can dominate the boards tomorrow and pull out a W, then it is critical for Eloy to put in some clock against OSU. With a dominant big man like Sullinger in their line-up, we will need him to sacrifice some fouls so Jorts/Jones don’t have to sit for extended periods of time. If that happens we are toast against the Buckeyes.
    6) Better to take good shots than bad ones. He’ll hit some tomorrow for sure. Anyone remember the 1-3-1? To have a decent shot tomorrow he will need to hit some when they count.
    7) Props to him for hitting that late drive yesterday. While he is agile, we all know that he can sometimes be out of control and drive when nothing is there. If he puts up like 8-10 we should be in good shape.

  26. Anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    10:08 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Jones has played terrible for a while. Any time he gets the ball down low, he can’t use his right hand. So it’s predictable to know where he is going every time. And btw, if he loses his man one more time to a back door cut, I’m gonna go coocoo for coco puffs!

  27. playersfan
    10:11 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    We do not have an offense that gets our best shooters open/good shots. Lamb nor Knight had a good/open 3 point shot in the game. Time after time this season, we have needed a basket and were unable to get either of the two an open/good 3 point shot. After yesterday’s Miller’s surprise I doubt if we will be able to get him an open/good 3 point shot, when we really need it. How is it other teams can kill us with screens, and we can’t even set one decent screen?
    I am not trying to be negative, but there comes a time in every game where you need a basket, to win, break open a game or whatever and I keep pleading, get Lamb or Knight an open 3.

  28. knightynight
    10:11 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Huggy bear oh huggy bear! Please let us squish the huggy bear!

  29. Anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    10:13 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    16.) that was the lamest comment ever.

  30. Indyblueblood
    10:17 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Definitely
    2. Not really, he’s a good pressure release valve
    3. Not necessarily, but we sure could use him
    4. Absolute fluke; he will return to form
    5. Cautiously yes
    6. The ankle may be hindering is movement a bit
    7. Not likely, but we need all the input he can provide… the real difference maker has to be Miller and Harrellson a close second

  31. mjblue2
    10:19 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Yes. He’s upped his game and his confidence and experience are key.
    2) Yes. He is still the garbage man but I am more impressed every game at how much his hands have improved. He handled some tricky passes and finished those plays…he couldn’t consistantly do that before.
    3) Yes. All of our guys have to bring it. We’re obviously not that deep and it’s going to get tougher. I’m refusing to give up on this kid…I think he should stay in school. He will get better and be more consistant. I think for some young players it’s hard to find a balance between contributing to a team and carrying a team. He doesn’t have to do it all… but he has the potential to be what they need him to be on any given night.
    4) I think all of the freshmen had a case of nerves…with this win under their belt confidence will come back. They should start to loosen up. Coach’s confidence in him and his making the game winning basket should give him a lift also.
    5) I think he is not hurting us as bad, I hope he continues to improve because we may get into a position where he has to be on the floor.
    6) Lamb gets more looks if other players establish themselves as threats early in the game. He’s had some great games and they’re guarding him hard…which brings ut to
    7) Yes. The more players that knock down shots and finish drives the better. They can’t double team every body all the time. Loved the assist to Jorts. Teams should be saying “Yeah they’ve only got about 6 guys but you can’t disregard any of them…any one of them can hurt you on any given night.”

  32. Rick
    10:22 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    (1) Miller may be best player at current time.
    (2) Harrelson looking more like an offensive weapon each game
    (3) Jones needs to get out of funk if Cats can advance further
    (4) Knight in a slump has Cat fans a little worried
    (5) Vargas has earned more than 3 minutes based on recent production
    (6) Lamb no 3 point attempts very odd
    (7) Liggins is a difference maker who will either create win or cause team to lose if he attempts to be too offensive

  33. fishersblue
    10:27 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    The entire team was a victim yesterday of Cal’s decision not to pressure defensively (we were way too passive with our half-court D and didn’t pressure full-court much at all) AND the decision to slow it down offensively. We only attempted 47 shots. We shot 51% from the field. We never forced the tempo outside of the first few minutes when we jumped out to a 13-4 lead. Some guys need to step up more but Cal needs to trust the team a little more.

  34. BlueMark
    10:29 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) DARIUS MILLER: Is Darius Miller UK’s best player right now? Not necessarily, but he is one of three that on any given night may step up (Miller, Harrelson, Knight)

    2) JOSH HARRELLSON: Has Josh become an offensive WEAPON? Definitely.

    3) TERRENCE JONES: Does Jones need to break out of his funk for further UK success? Yes. We will need him against WVU and definitely against Ohio State.

    4) BRANDON KNIGHT: Was the Princeton game just an anomaly or are you worried about his nerves in the NCAA Tournament? Anomaly. The kid has played 30 other games just fine.

    5) ELOY VARGAS: Has Vargas’ improved play earned him more than his 3 minutes a game? No. Not in the tournament when teams tend to shorten their rotation.

    6) DORON LAMB: How does he not get a single 3-point attempt against Princeton? He is still a step slow, along with some stage fright.

    7) DEANDRE LIGGINS: Could he be the “difference-maker” going forward on the offensive end? Probably not, but on a given night, he could hit the big shot we need.

  35. Naples
    10:30 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) DARIUS MILLER: Is he going to be back? He is the best player right now. Is he on a draft list yet?
    2) JOSH HARRELLSON: Is a gun to the head, don’t make Cal pull the trigger. You better guard him close.
    3) TERRENCE JONES: If he plays great D we are OK. When he makes 6-10 ft shots it is curtains.
    4) BRANDON KNIGHT: He will come back with a vengeance. No worries.
    5) ELOY VARGAS: Yes, Eloy is the new Jorts. He may have a role as he is more athletic than Josh.
    6) DORON LAMB: He is dynamite waiting to be ignited.
    7) DEANDRE LIGGINS: He needs to finish plays not try to set people up. He is playing well and to stay on that upswing Deandre needs to keep it simple.

  36. tim
    10:32 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Yes. Miller is a match-up problem for other teams. And he scores at will. I’m absolutely comfortable when the ball is in his hands.

    2) Yes. Harrelson has the ability to score quickly and get fouled, 2 very important parts of an NCAA tourny.

    3) I’ve not been overly impressed with Jones’ play for the last 7 or so games. If he starts playing his best games, starting with Huggy Bear, we’re going to be unstoppable.

    4) Knight might have had a case of the nerves. This too shall pass.

    5) Does anyone still consider Eloy a liability on the floor now? He’s really stepped it up as of late. I’m betting he really comes out of his shell next year, and becomes a bigger part of the rotation.

    6) Perhaps he didn’t want one… Princeton’s gameplan was to defend the freshmen primarily.

    7) Liggins defense has always been top notch. But his offense has looked really good lately. That may actually be the difference.

    All in all, I’d say we’re on the upswing.

  37. Escape Goat
    10:40 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes. A bigger team will eat our lunch unless Jones steps up.
    4. anomaly. How could it be anything else?
    5. Not yet. He still can’t guard anyone of comparable size.
    6. Fluke. Won’t happen again.
    7. Most certainly. It seems when our first options are struggling, Liggins always seems to get a few buckets.

  38. 157cat
    10:43 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1)Difference between Miller and Knight is Miller can score at will if he tries.
    2)Josh is a threat because he gets it done
    3)Jones needs to learn to take it up strong and get rid of his finess west coast style.
    4)Brandon will be fine he always bounces back strong after a bad game
    5)I’m not nervous when Eloy comes in anymore. Like Cal said its like adding another player to the roster when he plays well.
    6)I think there was a few time he should have shot the ball yesterday and didnt hopefuly its just nerves
    7)He is a difference maker on both ends but the biggest area he could be the differnce maker is his 3pt shot when hes on we r on

  39. girlwildcatfan
    10:58 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Answer: Yes, to all questions. Go Cats!!

  40. bluetexan
    11:17 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Yes, thank goodness we finally have a leader.
    2) Yes, he seems to be at the right place at the right time.
    3) Yes, he needs to grow-up and play up to his press clippings.
    4) Hopefully, it was an anomaly.
    5) We’ve been lucky-he still has that ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ look to him.
    6) He took the day off…can’t do that against WVA/OSU…
    7) Yes…he’s really showing what he can do and why he was so highly recruited…happy for him and the team.

  41. bobby brusque
    11:26 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1. yea, he has been the most consisent in the last few games
    2. yep, especially when he crashes the offensive boards
    3. yes, especially on d and rebounding, we dont need him to score necessarily but we do need him to get more than 2 boards a game
    4. i hope so, but i think he’ll be just fine in the next game, hopefully
    5. i think he deserves maybe 5 to 10 mins a game, not a whole more tho
    6. you could tell in the game that they really scouted us well, that why it was close, i think thats why he didnt shoot a 3
    7. he gotta nice stroke and can pentrate, even he can be sloppy at times but i wanna see him shoot more 3 pointers

  42. bigbluedomination
    1:37 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) DARIUS MILLER: I have more confidence in Miller than anyone else on offense right now, and it’s not even close.
    2) JOSH HARRELLSON: He is a threat when the rest of the guys actually look to pass it to him .. instead of getting half their shots blocked back into their face(TJ). Jorts always finishes.
    3) TERRENCE JONES: I guess we need him. The offense is so much better when it goes through Miller, like in SEC Tourny. Cal has realized this and made the shift towards Miller getting his touches. Now Jones doesnt get the ball half as much as he did earlier in the season, and we are a better team for it.
    4) BRANDON KNIGHT: Not worried about him at all. He will dominate all the way to Houston.
    5) ELOY VARGAS: Stolen from post 21 – “5 when Vargas comes in and shocks the world by not being a collosal failure, it pumps the crowd up AND gives the team a boost!” .. awesome
    6) DORON LAMB: If WVU plays that stupid 1-3-1 Lamb will drop 30, probably drop 8 or nine 9 balls. POW!
    7) DEANDRE LIGGINS: He is a really good passer, and when he drives to set people up it is great. Him hitting 3’s is a bonus.

  43. CTodd
    6:43 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    You were OK on the radio show but I still think you are a douche bag!