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Inside The Play: Kyle Wiltjer’s Vicious Screen and Dunk

There were a lot of great plays in last night’s rout of Ole Miss, but none quite like Kyle Wiltjer’s pick-and-roll for the slam dunk.  The dunk was only Wiltjer’s fourth in 60 career games at Kentucky and it was his 26th point of the night, a new career-high.  The play also sparked a Kentucky run that stretched the UK lead to 17 points in the second half.

Let’s relive the play and all its greatness…

 

THE SCREEN

Wiltjer caught an unsuspecting Marshall Henderson with a nasty pick to free up Julius Mays.  Henderson stumbled, barely maintaining his balance, like he just finished off a 12-pack of Milwaukee’s Best at a house party and was trying to hit his Dougie in the kitchen.

 

THE DUNK

By show of hands, who expected Kyle Wiltjer to dunk this?  If your hand is raised, you’re a liar.

This is where we typically see Kyle Wiltjer sky towards the rim and gently float the ball into the basket.  Not today.  No sir.  This is the new Kyle Wiltjer and the new Kyle Wiltjer is wrapping two hands around the rim after he throws it down.

 

THE LOOK

As Wiltjer made his way back up the court, he turned to the bench to let them know he’s in the zone.  ESPN cameras didn’t capture his expression, because producers were afraid it would frighten younger viewers.

 

THE BENCH

A few observations:

— The first guy to leave his feet, by far, was John Calipari.

— Archie Goodwin got the most elevation but his reaction time was a little behind Hood, Malone, Lanter, and Long.  They had fresh legs, I guess.

— Marquis Estill’s roar is terrifying.

— Co-Passion Award Winners: Jon Hood and Tod Lanter

— Stay down, Willie.  Protect that knee.

 

ALL TOGETHER NOW

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

47 Comments for Inside The Play: Kyle Wiltjer’s Vicious Screen and Dunk



  1. bloodthorne26
    12:37 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Thats a great play. Love it.

    So did we lose the hatcher kid or not? I thought that would be the first news of the day, some confirmation of him commit’n or not. Instead is already the afternoon and we are still talking about basketball.



  2. Rob
    12:37 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    He looks downright quick on that play. Also, Marshall Henderson acts like opposing players’ hands are covered in poisonous thorns. Watching him pout was my favorite sporting moment since #8.



  3. debbie downer
    12:37 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    I have never seen analysis of a lesser play than this. I am I get it you guys are excited to finally win a game against a “good” team but UK is still not gonna be ranked and is still gonna get swept by florida and lose a few more it shouldnt along the way. For as pretentious as UK fans are you guys sure are getting excited over being a crappy overranked SEC team.



  4. jpo
    12:41 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    no wonder his favorite team is Duke. What a Flop!! Henderson did that all game, trying to get fouls (pretty much the only way he scored all night) and sometimes it worked.



  5. Da Cayts
    12:43 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Damn, that’s a cold ass honkey



  6. catmando
    12:44 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    In the words of the immortal Forrest Gump: “I liked that, I liked that a lot”



  7. NL
    12:54 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Henderson flopped like a fish all night



  8. henry earl
    12:55 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    are the 3 gifs not loading for anyone else?



  9. praise
    12:56 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    give it up for J.Hood ! big minutes in the first half to cover our foul issues



  10. UK
    12:57 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Well done on this post!



  11. Boyd Crowder
    1:06 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Good bench observations. No more comments about Kyle needing to be tougher. Also nice sharp pass from Mays leading him to the rim.



  12. theSkinny81
    1:11 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome breakdown. Wiltjer played beast last night.

    Can we also get a .gif breakdown of the Burr travel/out of bounds no-call? That was equally as epic, lol.



  13. TheDon
    1:14 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    anyone else not seeing any Gifs, just the first picture?



  14. Not Stumps
    1:15 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer’s performance took focus off the real story last night. Noel’s ballsack-to-block ratio was a disappointing 0.0 for the game. After ballsacking a defender in each of the last two games, one could only describe his performance last night as “not NBA-worthy”.



  15. The Hoff
    1:16 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer was beast last night and Henderson drunk some beast last night. Nice right?



  16. mudcreekmark
    1:16 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    I have been saying it all year and here I go again. If we are to make a run, Kyle Wiltjer has to lead us in scoring.He is an amazing scorer. If you put the ball in his hands every time down the floor he will make something good happen more times than not. Also, earlier in the year I said that UK needed to play zone to help cover up some of his defensive weaknesses. Cal wanted to bench him because he couldn’t guard anyone. You cannot keep your best offensive player on the bench, it is Cals job to figure out how to keep him on the floor and I think Cal has finally figured that out.



  17. David
    1:27 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you so much for this



  18. MtnCat
    2:04 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    In the meantime, what is going on with Stoops and Elliot at Trinity this afternoon?



  19. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    2:08 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer is the new Blake Griffin.



  20. Check Your Head
    2:10 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    WBA represent!



  21. bluetooth
    2:10 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    mtncat … tweets are saying visiting hatcher



  22. Sir Brandon
    2:12 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Too much awesomeness for one gif to containeth. You breaketh it down nicely, Sir Drew!



  23. elnasho
    2:13 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    I love evrything about this post.



  24. thatsAshame
    2:16 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    anyone have a link to the replay?



  25. UK Freshmen
    2:23 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously?? Whoopdeedo. You should have seen how I hopped the curb this morning after putting out the trash.



  26. UKCAT67
    2:31 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Rod Strickland don’t look at explosions…he just simply walks away(jots down statistics).



  27. Randy Marsh
    2:35 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    that Henderson turd was flopping the whole game..look at him after the pick!



  28. Taylor
    2:36 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Flop.



  29. Big Fan
    2:36 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Posts like this are what make KSR great!!



  30. Big Blue Coming at You
    2:39 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    While Kyle did have a great game, this dunk now proves he can jump. So why doesn’t he jump that high on defense? I see it all too often he doesn’t jump when a player he’s defending shoots the ball. That’s really where i’d like to see Kyle improve now along with doing what he’s been doing the past few games.



  31. StillPumped
    2:56 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    One of my favorite posts ever on KSR! Pretty sure I jumped higher than Archie in my living room!



  32. JT
    3:08 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    You didn’t mention that it looked like Brian Long appreciated that dunk



  33. crazycatfan
    3:37 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    I THINK I JUMPED HIGHER THAN ANYONE …. AND I WAS IN MY LIVING ROOM!!! THANKS FOR RELIVING IT!!!



  34. HeshimuEvans'2ndGrade Teacher
    3:46 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    I love it when Cal jumps like that



  35. BCO
    4:08 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    how much did ole miss flop last night by the way. it was sickening.



  36. Jack Nicklaus
    4:29 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    First, douchbag reaches and fouls Julius, then flops like a Dukee when picked. What a wanker!



  37. ruppshairpaintbooth
    5:22 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    It’s plays like these that’ll bring the team together. It’s so good to see! KSR has been getting a little .gif happy lately, I love it!



  38. DunnHigherThanCal
    5:45 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Geoff Dunn was up quicker and jumped higher than Cal.



  39. The Big Miss
    6:35 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress’ on the court reaction is worth a mention, for sure. He was PUMPED, and that was as rare as books in a Syracuse basketball dorm, just a few games ago.



  40. bigbluebiggie
    6:52 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    that ass clown Henderson is the biggest FLOPPER i’ve ever seen!



  41. bluefan
    7:11 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    This & Nerlen’s 12 blocks are your best posts of the season, Drew. You are on fire. That gif of the bench is a beautiful thing.



  42. CAUKFAN
    8:31 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for breaking that Kyle dunk down. I’m literally crying tears of joy.
    I’ll forgive you for not ever letting me post on your live blog.



  43. Jeff
    9:01 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    Theres the Wiltjer Ive been lookin for



  44. ?
    9:18 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    should i buy the nike platinum warm up jacket from last year, even though the championship years on the back are now outdated? Or should i just buy the regular white uk warm up jacket?



  45. kycager
    10:04 pm January 30, 2013 Permalink

    KSR this is why i love ya!
    i wanna see kyles face, marquis makes me want to run for the bush!



  46. Ky_Tom
    4:14 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    It was a great play, but if you look at it real close, Kyle pushed off that kid with his left arm, why do think the kid went flying off the court..
    Now, I am very happy that Kyle made the play on that smart ass punk kid. but I was very surprised kyle wasn’t called for the foul.’



  47. Lori M
    11:49 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Nope Kyle didn’t push off. One of the players said that you touch Henderson and he flops like he was shot. That’s just what happened.