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Lamb did not go quietly

If you asked me yesterday who would step up if the game got close, I wouldn’t have said Doron Lamb.

Lamb, whom John Calipari has called the best player on the team, carved himself quite the role this season as a sharp-shooting three goggle thrower; however, I can think of at least three other players the Cats usually go to in clutch situations. That makes Lamb’s unexpected heroics that much sweeter.

When Kansas pulled within ten midway through the second half, Lamb stepped up and drained back-to-back threes, padding the lead to sixteen. Kansas wouldn’t go away quietly, and how fitting was it that the last points scored in the game were Lamb’s two steady free throws in the final seconds. He led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 threes.

John Calipari predicted Lamb would have a big night after the shoot-around on Monday, telling him and the rest of the team that he would score 25 points. While Lamb was three shy of that total, his 22 points did vault him into the lofty 1,000 point club at Kentucky, an impressive feat for a sophomore. Calipari gushed about Lamb in the postgame presser:

“He is as good a guard, when his motor is moving, as any guard in the country. He can play multiple positions. He shoots it. He makes free throws. … I knew he’d have a big game. I knew it.”

When people talk about this team twenty years from now, they’ll talk about Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Jones. Those who know this team well will mention Miller, Wiltjer and Teague’s invaluable contributions. With his performance last night, Doron Lamb made sure number 20 is part of the conversation too.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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31 Comments for Lamb did not go quietly

  1. BigDaddyUK
    1:02 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink


  2. 193
    1:12 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink


  3. uklaw95
    1:18 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    DraftExpress has Doron as the #4 pick in the 2nd round. Would he move up to the first round with one year of not sharing time with Miller?

  4. strange brew
    1:18 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Miller, being from Kentucky, is my favorite player. My dad has stated since day one Lamb was his favorite. Last night the only people who could have been more clutch than Lamb were Michael Jordan or Larry Bird. Lamb gave them a good run for their money.

  5. btowncatfan
    1:20 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone needs to go check out the ESPN sports nation poll on AD. Interesting results.

  6. CDCTyny
    1:21 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Cal told Andy Katz that his next goal is to have an undefeated team. Did anyone else see that? It was on espn around 1230am. Isn’t that awesome?

  7. minton
    1:23 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m surprised that you were surprised about Lamb. He has shown consistency all year. He doesn’t get the ball as much, but when he does, you can count on him.

  8. BobKYCats
    1:26 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    That’s what I love about this team. If the opponent shuts one of ouor guys down offensively, another one steps up. It’s almost like a hydra kind of deal.

    UK No. 1 again! Just like we should be.

  9. UKeith26
    1:27 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Ms. Tyler Thompson,
    Will you marry me?


  10. Ehh
    1:30 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    How can you not LOVE Doron Lamb? Man crush

  11. DT in DC
    1:33 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – that was about to be my question. Will Lamb be back next year? I say yes. He’s not guarenteed 1st round status, so I definitely think another year would be best for him. And what about Teague? Think he follows in the footsteps of Lamb and TJ and comes back? I don’t think his team is hurting financially so money wouldn’t be as big a reason for him to leave. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

  12. Don
    1:49 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I have a feeling that both players will be back next season. That would be an excellent situation, and give us depth at the PG, 2G, and the 4. If we ran 3 guards on the court with Teague, Lamb, and Goodwin, that would be NICE too…

  13. I Say
    1:50 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Teague has everything to gain if he comes back, the kid has no reason to go now and maybe make it into the first round when he could come back another year and be a lottery pick. Money wont be an issue considering who is brother is. So yes, i think teague will be back

  14. TheLaw
    1:50 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Can anyone tell me if the celebration will be televised? If so, what network is covering it?

  15. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:52 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Love this line: “Lamb…carved himself quite the role this season as a sharp-shooting three goggle thrower.”

  16. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:53 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I guess you could say he “went out like a Lion.”

  17. HillbillyInBC
    1:53 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    For what I hope isn’t the last time: Baaaaaa!

  18. DT in DC
    1:54 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    #14 – Think WKYT is showing locally. You can watch it live at

  19. Jacoby
    1:57 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Guess there all gone peeps but no biggy. We got harrow Archie then Alex and witljer and cauley, who is not good but he’s ok. I wish we could get at least one of the 6 main guys back but it’s prolly not going to happen lamb almost wen last yr and he was lower ranked so… He’s more likely gone teagues not gonna want to come back when all his buds are leaving. But if they didn’t wi the championship more would come back but since they did they’ve reached their dreams and their goals and thank them for being a part of the BBN. Go Big Blue!!

  20. NBA league pass
    2:03 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    My guess: Lamb gone 85%, Teague gone 75%.

    Wiltjer will be the veteran next year folks (but I’m not too worried about it right now!).

  21. Blueballn
    2:06 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Teague stock went up im sure after how he played in the tournament and having a natl championship under his belt!! we know harrow has mad handles and him and teague would have to share minutes so im sure he is gone!!

  22. REAL BLY
    2:08 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    19 – Cauley is ranked #39 in the country and is 7′ 255lbs with tons of upside….I’ll take him allll day long!!!

  23. Lex Lifer
    2:09 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Looked like Cal decided to slow the game down and give most of the shots to Davis down low in the second half. Davis could not execute and Lamb really bailed us out with two clutch threes.

  24. Troy
    2:12 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb was the only one being aggressive on offense after we went into the stall offense. Please, never run the stall offense again.

  25. Tony Greene's Spleen
    2:21 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Doron Lamb is a GREAT college bball player.
    I’m not quite sure how is talent set translates over to the NBA 2 guard position though. It’s all about how you hold up playing against guys like Dywane Wade, Kobe Bryant, etc.

  26. Just wondering
    2:26 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    #22 watch Cauley 3 times.My guess is he’s going to be like a normal fresh. Maybe a year or 2 away from being real good,But still a good pick up.Don’t kid ourselves Our top 6 are gone.Cal will reload and we will be good agin.Cal said last night 6 would get drafted.All of them have represented UK well.Class kids hope they all have great NBA careers.

  27. beardbrain
    2:44 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    #12 What if Harrow is better than Teague or Goodwin?

  28. Random
    4:32 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I truly believe everyone goes. Of all of them I think Lamb should stay but, he’ll take the jump. Archie has a ton of upside and will be awesome in the dribble drive. He can shoot and slash. I think Poythress has the ability to be more dominant than Jones. He’s silky smooth and plays tough. Not too sure about Harrow yet, but he’s been in the system and also played a season already so the learning curve should be minimal. Getting Bazz and Noel will take next years squad from sweet sixteen to final four. Bennett would be an amazing addition as well. I think we land two of the three and will be just fine going for #9.

  29. Mkgistebow
    5:00 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I think Teague stays and lamb is 50/50. We get baz and Noel we will win the whole thing again. I know Terrance is ready but he’s not a lottery projection like he was last yr (even tho he’s a significantly better player) so there’s a chance he returns, wins national player of the yr and is a top 5 pick. With cal we will always be a contender wish the national media would get off his back and quit sucking the energy out of him. Ksr needs to write a piece(preferably authored by beisner) about speculating on whose going and whose staying.

  30. dom
    7:56 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Lamb! Thanks for being a Wildcat. Hope you had fun!

  31. Tom Blevins
    7:58 pm April 3, 2012 Permalink

    I remember two years ago at half time of the McDonalds game when Lamb announced he was coming to Kentucky. I felt we had got a special player. Two years later, I know we did. Two final fours, a national championship, member of the 1,000 point club, and a 3 point shooter in the same class as Delk and Meeks. I’d love to see him come back next year, but wish him great success if he goes. My only advice to him would be get the information and do what’s best for Doron Lamb. I think I speak for the whole Big Blue Nation when I say, he’ll always be a part of us.