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Calipari Is Sure of One Thing

And that one thing is Anthony Davis. There are lineup questions to deal with and style of play issues to sort out, but John Calipari told Andy Katz that he is certain of one thing.  Anthony Davis has to be on the floor.  At the bottom of a lengthy story on Duke playing basketball in China – hey, we claimed it first – Katz includes a quote from Calipari talking about mixing his talent together and says that the key is keeping Davis on the floor.  Not a bad idea here.

And we all still agree the starting lineup is Teague – Miller – Gilchrist – Jones – Davis, right? Good.

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Article written by Thomas Beisner

41 Comments for Calipari Is Sure of One Thing



  1. JBR
    4:43 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Disapperius over Lamb? Nice try Beez, don’t think so…



  2. tdogg4033011
    4:45 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think Miller will start as well, possibly Lamb in certain matchups. Whats it matter though??
    those 6 will divide most of the minutes. Gonna be fun to watch is the only thing for certain !!!!



  3. KYTurtle
    4:46 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta start Lamb



  4. PharmSchoolFan1989
    4:54 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think you gotta start Lamb and Miller. Experience with a good mix of freshman talent is always a good thing to have. The question is, which freshman is gonna have to come off the bench.



  5. Blue Gray
    4:55 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I see D Lamb in that J Terry role. Come off the bench and put the ball in the hole. National 6th man of the year: Doron Lamb.



  6. bigbluemaniac19
    4:56 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    lamb is one of the deadliest shooters in the nation an played his best when he started. he is instant offense, no way he comes off the bench. miller on the other hand plays well comin off the bench, gonna come down to the wire at sf wit him an gilchrist



  7. OMG
    4:57 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I looked at our roster again and I just went in my pants.



  8. duh
    4:57 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist off the bench. He can spell the 2 through the 4 and will bring tremendous energy off the bench. Plus, Lamb and Miller are the two best 3-shooters in the SEC, and one thing we’ve learned over the last two years is that when the threes are dropping the dribble drive is unstoppable under Calipari. If we can get decent minutes from Wiltjer/Vargas down low and Hood/Beckham outside we will be able to run all day and dominate!



  9. ukcatfannfl
    4:58 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Teague – Lamb – Miller – Jones – Davis those five have got to start. But lots of playing time for Gilchrist – little less for Vargas and Wilger and spot time for Hood and Poole.



  10. tdogg4033011
    4:59 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    7) LOL, and UNC fans think they have the best team in the NCAA …. I don’t hardly think so



  11. bigbluemaniac19
    5:00 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    davis is def gonna start, teague is our pg, jones def gonna start. miller at this point is ahead of gilchrist, more experience and a better offensive player but theres no questioning gilchrist talent and potential. both guys are unselfish players who woukdnt care to come off the bench



  12. Blue Gray
    5:01 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    It is nice to have the debate over what great player to start over what other great player. High energy on D. Run the floor. Bury 3s. Get it to Davis and Jones. Substitute players frequently. Win.



  13. comment #? of over 100
    5:03 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Give any starting lineup, and you’re probably guaranteed over 100 comments.

    You don’t even need a writeup, just put “a starting lineup of”, and it’s going to be controversial right now.

    Personally, I think Cal protects Miller’s sometimes fragile ego by starting him over Gilchrist initially, but I think Gilchrist ends up playing more. I see Darius dropping to around 25 minutes per, Gilchrist closer to 30. And if Gilchrist performs as well as I hope, eventually he does start over Miller.

    I also disagree with the idea of Miller at guard alongside Gilchrist. I’m sure we will see some of that, but I much prefer having a pure scorer like Lamb out there. Darius thrives when he takes his game closer to the basket. When he doesn’t, he becomes nothing more than a guy who stands at the 3 point line waiting for a kick-out. Play him a lot at the 2 guard, and you’re sort of encouraging that.



  14. bigbluemaniac19
    5:03 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    personally i like the idea of miller startin, he had his best season by far and showed wat he can do playin in the sec tourney. his game as evolved so much, he can knock down 3’s, do his lil post moves down low and is becomin a decent defender. gonna be intresting though, cal will do wats best



  15. tdogg4033011
    5:04 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    11) I just don’t see a versatile player thats been under Caliapri for 2 years coming
    off the bench. I could be wrong ….. either way, its a good problem to have.



  16. willdcat1
    5:04 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb starts, I think; believe Gilchrist comes off the bench, plays as many mins (or more than the starters) as anyone, and can go at the #2, 3 or 4 positions. Think Wiltjer gets big mins also; Davis has to be on the floor, but he also has to learn to play his game while not committing fouls. Who was the last frosh big UK had, who didn’t end up sitting a lot due to foul trouble?



  17. Hicks
    5:08 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I know the minutes will be there for everyone so it will work out, but Lamb did not come back to be a 6th man and Darius is not a 2 guard. Talent wise there’s no way you can start Darius over Gilly but everyone keeps saying we need his leadership and starting may be the only way to keep Darius’ confidence so maybe that has to happen. I just don’t think we need him at the 2, Lamb is a better scorer and defender at that position he needs to start. Just a thought, Darius has been starting pretty much his entire career at UK and he’s always started the season flat, maybe coming off the bench is the inspiration he needs to become a leader for this team.



  18. Jason
    5:14 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure Gilchirst, Miller, and lamb will all have their turns to start in games, much like Liggins and Lamb did last season. Calipari will probably switch them all over the place till the tournaments begin.



  19. O'boro Cat Fan
    5:22 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    The real question is “Who will finish the tight games?” if UK is behind –Lamb has to on the floor, if ahead Gilchrist has to be on the floor. Remember a tight game at the end a coach will choose defense over offense!



  20. Travis Goodwin
    5:25 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    We have six players who will average over 25 minutes a game. Who starts and who is sixth will change often and will be decided in practice initially, and in games when it counts. I am more interested in how Wiltjer, Poole, Hood, and Vargas step up this year. If we have two or more really step up it will be a great season.



  21. Big v
    5:36 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I believe Doron has to stain rt and will almost be impossible to come out of our lineup. He extends the floor. My early prediction is he will be our leading scorer in the SEC and National Tournament. Everyone is going to try to slow the game down against us next year and protect the basket. Doron is a guy who will make defenses extend out.



  22. AKA cold buckets
    5:46 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Miller will ABSOLUTELY start. The only question is who will start between Lamb and Gilchrist. Either way, they will both see 27+ mins/gm.



  23. Fishersblue
    5:47 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will be our best player, certainly our best scorer/shooter. He certainly will start. Either Miller or Gilchrist will be the first off the bench and out top 6 will probably play about the same amount of minutes.

    I think some people forget just how good Lamb is. He was our most consistent player the 2nd half of the season and our best player against UCONN in the FF.



  24. Kyreds
    5:47 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    You have to start miller & Jones & Davis Lamb & teague or Gilchirst



  25. bigbluemaniac19
    5:53 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    could this be the 96 team over again playin time wise?



  26. FakeDrewFranklin
    6:16 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    @16 Ever hear of a guy named Patrick Patterson? I seem to remember him putting the team on his back more than a few times his freshman season.



  27. CatFanJohn
    6:24 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I would give Miller his chance to start, but I think when its all said and done Lamb will be the starter.



  28. ukcatfannfl
    6:27 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    How do you keep the THREE players who averages double figures last year out of the starting line-up? IMO no way!



  29. big
    6:30 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s all about who finishes.



  30. Billy Corgan
    7:05 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    To all those who don’t think it’s possible Gilchrist comes off the bench: it’s okay to be a Top-5 stud freshman, come off the bench, and win a national championship. Signed, Ron Mercer.



  31. kentuckyjoe
    7:27 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Doron needs to be in this starting list.



  32. TheVig
    7:27 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I say that Calipari doesn’t have a tough decision at all (not yet at least).

    The starters will be decided after these players PRODUCE in practice. Each of them have the same number of practices to show the coach they are the one he should have on the floor at the start of the game, or any other time based on their abilities in the requirements of the position (matchups, defensive capability, risk).

    Should Miller or Lamb begin the season with an extra star beside their name in the coaches mind? Absolutely not. However, having been through the system and knowing what Calipari expects in conditioning, intensity, focus, and production, they will have that as an advantage over the freshmen (just knowledge, nothing else).

    So talk all you want about what you think should happen, the realities are it hasn’t been decided nor should it.

    EARN IT BOYS! Go Blue!



  33. Staythirsty
    7:29 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    IT DOESN”T MATTER WHO STARTS. They will all play around even minutes.
    Teague,Lamb,Gilchrist,Jones,Davis,Miller,Wiltjer, and Vargas will make the rotation. Depending on Pooles improvement he might make the rotation. But Varg and Deuce will be playing only about 3-5 minutes a game.

    Only the main 7 will have 20+ minutes!(Teague,Lamb,Gilchrist,Jones,Davis,Miller,Wiltjer)



  34. Big Blue 502
    9:11 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    I may not know for a fact what the starting line up is gonna be. I do know, this is gonna be one help of a season. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!



  35. UKHoopshysteria
    9:37 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Would people please wake up and realize that Gilchrist will be our 6th man. Lamb is gonna be called upon to help lead this young group of Cats with Miller. Experience of a final four isn’t something talented freshmen come to campus with.



  36. Badboybuddy
    10:36 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink

    Miller is not good enough offense and not aggressive at all. Teague, lamb, gil, jones, davis.



  37. Comment #?
    1:36 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    #30- You might be right, but people forget- Mercer was a starter at the beginning of 95-96, and stayed in the starting lineup for almost half the season. Pitino went through a bunch of variations with the lineup that year before settling on McCarty/Walker/Anderson/Delk/Epps in mid to late January. Mercer started every game until the TCU game, which was January 20th.

    And Mercer didn’t start, eventually, because Derek Anderson did. Darius Miller is a nice player. He’s not Derek Anderson.

    It’s still possible Miller starts- Gilchrist was used in a 6th man role on the USA 17 and under national team last summer, with great results- but it’s hardly a sure thing. Miller hasn’t had any real competition until now, and now he has someone right there who almost certainly has more talent. I think we have a pretty good idea which way Cal usually goes on the talent/versus experience question, so Miller’s past status will only earn him so much. The rest he’ll have to show on the court, consistently.



  38. I. Melvin
    10:39 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Only a moron would put the best 2G in the nation on the bench.



  39. Dubbya
    10:47 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    I know it sounds crazy, but why not start Vargas at the 5 for the first few games? He was starting to look like the 4 star top 30 recrut he once was at the end of last season, and he’s the biggest guy on the team. If he still sucks bench him but if he dosn’t it would really help the team. Davis is a natural 4, not a 5 and Jones is a natural 3, not a 4. Starting Vargas would allow them play their natural spots, making them better.



  40. Yo Believo
    12:25 pm July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Gilchrist will be the sixth man. It doesnt matter though cuz all will get even minutes.



  41. Timmay
    1:28 pm July 6, 2011 Permalink

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