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Jon Rothstein says Teague is key

CBS college basketball guru John Rothstein doesn’t know why Kentucky isn’t getting the attention it deserves. He thinks that could be the lack of a star point guard at the helm, the very thing John Calipari’s teams in the past have been known for. Rothstein noted Teague’s role in his Monday notebook and said the Kentucky point guard is key in the Cats reaching the Final Four:


Let’s face it, if the three pointer by Indiana’s Christian Watford rimmed out at the buzzer on December 10th against Kentucky, we’d be talking about the possibility of the Wildcats going through the season undefeated. Instead – and I don’t know how this is possible, it doesn’t feel like John Calipari’s team has gotten the attention it deserves – and maybe it’s because the point guard on this team isn’t overly flashy. While Calipari has had a long lineage of top flight floor generals, Marquis Teague has excelled recently at just simply keeping the Kentucky ship afloat. While many including myself were simply waiting for Teague to emerge and take over a game, that doesn’t seem to be his role on this team so many ancillary pieces capable of dominating at the offensive end of the floor. As long as Teague is efficient, limits his turnovers, and gets his teammates involved, this team has all the ammunition it needs to get to New Orleans.

Calipari addressed Teague’s play today before practice, telling reporters he is proud of how Teague is “running the team” now. Cal said the objectives should be defending and setting up his teammates, and he’s getting much better at doing just that.

Give him a little more time, folks. The young fella is coming around.

Go Cats.

[Rothstein Files: Monday Morning College Hoops Notebook]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

16 Comments for Jon Rothstein says Teague is key

  1. Jimmy
    5:11 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know, I think it would be miller or jones for our quest for 8

  2. JoeBob'sFineFoods
    5:11 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for that contribution, Mr. Obvious.

  3. Jimmy
    5:13 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    because we have proven we can win with lamb running
    point, and then proven we can lose with jones going south.

  4. JoeBob'sFineFoods
    5:15 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    What exactly is the difference between gray and platinum? (Other than lots of marketing dollars…)

  5. jdillonkidd
    5:25 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink WATCH KENTUCKY ANTHEM!!! HELP GET IT ON KSR!

  6. blueink
    5:29 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    about 5 million UK fans have said the same thing about Teague

    5:33 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    My 9 year old daughter could have written this! Any UK fan knows if a point guard is a chump, UK won’t go anywhere.

  8. Viren
    5:49 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    One thing good about this team is we have a lot more weapons on offensive end, as long as Teague does not do anything to hurt the team like careless turnovers we will be fine. I am looking forward to a great run in the NCAA Tournament. Go Cats

  9. BBN
    5:52 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    The version of Teague that appeared during the second half of the Indiana game would bring us the national championship…

  10. Catnuts
    5:55 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I look at it this way, if Teague gets hurt tomorrow and misses the rest of the season we still could win a NC. If Davis goes down and misses the rest of the year, we don’t. I say Davis is the key to us having a chance to win number 8.His inside presence is the difference in us being a good team and us being a great team.

  11. Brian Storn
    5:57 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    i said from the get-go that MTeague is actually better, that’s right BETTER, off the dribble and getting to the rip than his predecessors. JWall = By Far the BEST IN-TRANSITION. BKnight = BEST floor general, BB and regular IQ, and jump shot, thus far, of the PG’s. MTeague, tho, can take anyone off the dribble and get to the rim.

    With that said, after watching OSU and remembering Craft’s D against BKnight, this is my biggest fear/worry for the Kats. MTeague v. Craft in the Final Four or Championship game, whichever it will be. At this point, as i see it, OSU is the only team that can beat our Kats. The Tar Heels just aren’t living up to their potential and the hype and ditto for uCON. Syracuse, no doubt, will be there but both OSU and our KATS can and will shoot’em out of the gym forcing them into 1:1 which they just aren’t used to playing after a season of playing Boeheim’s zone.

    So it is…Teague vs. Craft, DLamb vs. Wm Buford, MKG vs. DeShaun Thomas, TJones vs. Len Smith Jr – tough match-up for both, Davis vs. Sullinger, and DMiller vs. ? E Ravenel?
    It will come down to (1) Teague vs. Craft’s D and (2) DMiller’s aggressiveness or lack thereof.

  12. Mr. Ready
    7:15 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    This Rothstein is a clown. Clearly if we continue to play good defense, knock down shots and free throws, everything else is there reguardless of what Teague does. We’ve won games with and without positive input frm Teague and will continue too.

  13. Larry Whiteside
    7:16 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, How about the next time you are around the CATs tell them the fans miss them doing the goggle after a shot is made especially Lamb. Hell he started it and it seemed to fire them up. Maybe Cal told them to stop. I for one liked it. And Marcus is coming around.

  14. ShelbyCatFan
    7:42 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Keep hearing the talking heads saying Teague is the key… Am I alone in thinking he is doing a hell of a job running this team? Keep it up!!

  15. tblev12
    9:14 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    After watching Teague play numerous times in high school, I would say the he has adjusted to the speed of the game and has taken the role Cal has given him and is flourishing. In high school Teague was asked to do everything. Now he’s surrounded by equal or better talent and all he does is answer the bell. Take care of the ball, get it to the scorers in a position to score and be a floor general. So far, check, check, and check. Teague will only get better and will no doubt be a serious piece to number 8. Everybody underestimates Teague’s ability to score, but this kid can score in bunches.

  16. Lou eaton
    8:30 am February 1, 2012 Permalink

    9 nails it about Teague against Indiana in second half. He looked unstoppable going to the rim and he needs to listen to Cal but occasionally demonstrate that when he want to take it to the rim then he can…plus he needs to drive, stop and shoot a pullup jumper…then he would be a greater threat to defensive teams……