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Kentucky Defeated Samford, 88-56, in a Tale of Two Halves

Two Kentucky teams showed up to Rupp Arena on Tuesday night for the game against Samford.  The first team came out like a team pissed off after losing two consecutive games last week and dropping out of the rankings for the first time under John Calipari.  That team went on an 11-0 run and a 12-0 run in the first half and took a 45-14 lead into the locker room at halftime.  The second Kentucky team, however, was quite the opposite.  That team allowed 42 points in the second half and looked more like the team we saw against Notre Dame and Baylor.  That team, the second half team, is the one that had John Calipari very frustrated in the postgame press conference.  Let me tell you about it…

  Coach Cal’s message was very clear after the game: His team is out of shape.  Cal said it over and over and over and over again.  It was his response to almost every question from the room full of Lexington’s finest media members.  “We must not be in shape,” he said of Kentucky’s collapse in the second half.  “I guess they’re not in shape,” he said of his team’s mediocre point guard play.  “I can’t think of any other reason you’d come out in the second half and not play.”

It sounds like it’s going to be a tough three weeks for the basketball team.  They’ll be off Wednesday and then Cal plans to run them to death, beginning Thursday morning.  The team will have conditioning every morning at 7:00 a.m. for the next three weeks, followed by the regular two-hour practice in the afternoon.

“We’re going to be the most in-shape team in the next three weeks,” he said.  “They don’t have a whole lot of choices here.”

Cal will have Rock Oliver join him in the gym every morning to push the players through 20 to 30 minutes of running.  He said their heart rates will be high; not like 120, like 170 or 180.

“This is what they need,” he said.  “They’re not in shape.”

  The team’s new morning routine should get them ready for Camp Cal in a few weeks.  Cal smiled when talking about his plans for Christmas break.  “No classes, no time frame, like three practices a day. Conditioning in the morning, practice in the afternoon, and come back at night time.”

I almost feel bad for the guys.  Cal is way too excited about pushing them.

  Oh, there’s more… “If they play a full game, both halves, maybe we won’t condition. But I don’t think they can.  We have three guys who, literally, can’t play three minutes at a time.” 


  Enough with conditioning hell; there were some bright spots from the evening.  One thing that stands out is Kentucky’s ability to finish at the rim, specifically Nerlens Noel.  After missing 11 of his 14 shot attempts on Saturday, Nerlens responded with a 6-for-8 night against Samford.  He also added five blocks — Why did they keep challenging him?! — and six rebounds in 25 minutes.  There were some floor burns in there, too.  Good job.  Good effort.

  Twitterless Willie Cauley-Stein also played well and recorded his first career double-double.  Calipari wasn’t too impressed with Willie in the first half — he said the bench went 0-for-9 before halftime — but liked the way Willie battled in the second half when virtually no one else was.

Cauley-Stein agreed with what Calipari said after the game, that the team lacked energy.  He said he’s looking forward to the impending three weeks of conditioning.

“If you dread them, then they are going to be worse,” he told reporters.  “You have to approach it like it’s going to help you. A lot of guys don’t do that. You approach it like it’s going to make us better and three weeks it’s going to be crazy how good we are. If you approach it in a good way then it is going to be a good outcome.”

  Kyle Wiltjer Slump Watch: Wiltjer hit just one of his five three-point attempts, but he made up for it with seven rebounds and four assists without turning the ball over.  His defense?  It is what it is.

  Fans hoped to see more Ryan Harrow on Tuesday night, and they did, but Jarrod Polson was the first off the bench to run the point.  You can read into that however you’d like.  The two played equal minutes (21 each) and even shared the court at times in Calipari’s new fascination with a smaller lineup.  Neither showed signs of moving up or down the proverbial totem pole, though.

  Calipari used Polson and Wiltjer as examples of his disappointment in this team’s work ethic.  He said the two “veterans” were in the gym with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis all the time last season, but haven’t been in there once this year.  Maybe it’s time we hang that WWMKGD banner outside the Craft Center.

  The Archie Goodwin/Alex Poythress Show returned on Tuesday night after a two-game hiatus; the two combined for 34 points.  After the game, Poythress said, “I see us getting better each and every day. If we continue to get better every day we will be fine at the end of the road.”

  Samford head coach Ben Seltzer caused a stir during the game when WKYT’s Steve Moss overheard him say, “This is the worst Kentucky team I’ve ever seen.”  He was asked about that comment after the game, of course, and he answered as well as he could have.  Seltzer called it a motivational tool for his players and it wasn’t meant for outside ears.  He wanted his guys to not be so afraid of Kentucky and “they’re human, just like you.”  The young coach said he’ll have to do better about watching what he says, especially when he’s in Kentucky.  “You guys love Kentucky here.”

Nothing to see here, folks.  No drama.

  Calipari also addressed the comment from Seltzer:  “I haven’t seen every Kentucky team but I can’t imagine there weren’t at least a few more worse than us.”

  Quote scoreboard from the press conference:

“I like my team.” — 2

“We’re still not very good.” — 2

“Everyone’s Super Bowl.” — 1


That’ll do it for now.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

83 Comments for Kentucky Defeated Samford, 88-56, in a Tale of Two Halves

  1. UKBlue1!
    11:17 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Any BCG team @ UK. How about 6 of the 10 coached by Tubby. I can remember a 13-19 Eddie Sutton team. The first and second teams coached by Pitino were all worse than this team. Give it a break people. This is a tourney team. It is going to struggle but it will make the tourney. Just think Gardner Webb.

  2. UK Freshmen
    11:17 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why did they keep challenging him??? It was Samford. Relax.

  3. mashburnfan1
    11:19 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Alex had 5 turnovers vs freakin Samford….that is not getting better

  4. JBR
    11:19 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    It is sort of ironic reading what Cal said in the press conference…after hearing his call-in show monday night when he was more or less making excuses about not being hard enough or make his guys play physical enough in practice because he was afraid they would get hurt. I found that comment very odd when he said it.

    And, I know that Hood is no game-saver, but to see him get no minutes, while Cal’s precious 5 star recruits are playing horrifically with no effort…there is just something there. Cal really must not like Hood. 4 minutes in this game is a slap in the face…while Cal complains his guys are out of shape, and you have Wiltjer in there giving us next to nothing.

  5. Chris
    11:26 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    This might be off topic… HOWEVER UK’s biggest miss when it comes to recruiting is not getting CJ Leslie. He is an animal and run’s NC State’s Team.

  6. “He said the two “veterans” were in the gym with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis all the time last season, but haven’t been in there once this year.” Well, they were followers, and they’re not the first followers who didn’t become leaders. Maybe Cal prodding them will change that. However, I don’t know if this team will ever match last year’s ferocity,especially the ferocity of MKG. Man do I miss him!

  7. Bleed Blue
    11:34 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Welp I just learnt tonight that we will not be getting Wiggins because of the idiotic fans that were being negative about our team and treating them like dirt. We just missed out on the best high school player in the past decade because of a minority of idiotic fans. SMDH

  8. Booby
    11:41 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #5. If CJ Leslie came to UK, he would be in the pros by now…

  9. Bluefins
    11:44 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Seltzer is a Crean honk trying to get a dig in. He needs to be more concerned about his team and his abilities or go back to riding other’s coat tails. I believe we beat them worse than another ranked team from the State.

  10. UK
    11:48 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    5, It was CJ Leslie or Terrence Jones. We picked Jones. Worked pretty well for us.

    7, Hate that if it is true as no fan should be mean to players, but if so, fine. If a future NBA super star cannot handle a few UK fans being mean to players, then I doubt he will ever be able to handle the pressure of being the face of an NBA franchise, which is what Im sure he will be one day. Its what stars sign up for. However, I doubt that it is true. He has been under pressure from fans for years being a top player and Im sure has faced tons of hate at the high school/AAU level. Plus, he is considering Florida St… for basketball. That should tell you how much fan support matters in his decision.

    As far as the game, could have played better. But do you all remember @ Ole Miss with 10/11 team? Man that was awful. Give this team time. Sweet sixteen/Elite 8 expectations for this team. This isnt last year’s team. Give them time.

  11. nassau65
    11:52 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    not worried. count’n on Cal.

  12. Kmatt
    11:57 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t give em too much time… Lil brother is looking pretty good down the road. A loss here or there I can live with… I was at the Baylor game I know we are young. But losing to Loserville hurts more than a slap in the face.
    On an off note, how ever much I like seeing “Cardinal” Strong go away, I’m not a fan of the end game.

  13. Big Blue 66
    11:57 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    hey, Cal laid off these guys because he thought with their interaction and seeing last yrs team, they would understand the work needed to be champions. Also last years team worked out with all the Pros all summer and learned how much work was needed. This group came in without that and without knowing or understanding how difficult being an elite D1 team is. Cal let them try it, and now hes going to show them…..good luck fellas cause Cal aint playing around anymore with you

  14. BigBlueBigot
    12:05 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how Pitino was raked over the coals for being to tough
    on his players and now kentucky fans asking Cal to do the same.

  15. Future believer
    12:07 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I wish we could fast forward to the Louisville game, because I believe in these next 3 weeks this team will transform from where they are today! They have no MKG or AD so they have to be pushed by cal. Cal had it easy last year with leaders and a veteran miller. New year different team but in the end I think it’s the same result. Going for 9!!

  16. Hal
    12:09 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    its december 4th.
    we won a title last year.
    we have FIVE new starters & 4 freshmen (1 who should be a high school senior).
    we’ll improve.
    stop f***in crying.

  17. SeaCat
    12:15 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    15) I like your point
    I wonder if Cal fell into the same trap.
    I think he got over confident and
    lazy too…

  18. MarvbCalfan
    12:21 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t take any sh _ _ Cal. Great answer. To me this team is as Special as any UK team. There’s always drama, but I can assure anyone out there that this is not the worse UK team ever, far from it. We have major Freshmen talent on their team, and if they do, and I say if, they could maybe make a bit of a run this year. Oh yeah. We got Towns today!! Go Big Blue!!

  19. Bleed Blue
    12:23 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    @11 it is true. Cal is going to try and see him tomorrow before he gets on FSUs campus to try and work things out. See if he comes here and that team loses a game they see how some of the fans treat the players after one loss. At FSU he will be loved plus his dad is pushing him to FSU no matter what they say. On the bright side we are 100% getting Gordon so go ahead and write it down. The only question is do we want Dakari Johnson or a second year WCS.

  20. Three4poythress
    12:23 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Who else liked seeing Alex take an outside shot? I like his inside dominance but we need him to stretch the floor some too!

  21. bourbelly
    12:24 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    This team reminds me of Saban’s first team after winning their first national championship at Alabama. Hopefully we can look back three years later the same way they are–potentially winning 3 out of 4 national championships.


  22. hersheyisabear
    12:36 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Last year really spoiled us. In matter of fact. These past 3 years have spoiled us. But it has also shown us what our coach can do. We just need to give it some time. Let this team develop chemistry. They are playing on a such a huge stage now. I blame most of it on jitters and being out of shape. I am sure these guys have sand bagged in the gym and during conditioning. They all probably thought it would just happen because of their talent. That is not the case and they are starting to realize it. I am so glad Cal is going to put them through the gauntlet. Then Cal will see who has heart and there is no doubt in my mind that all these Cats have heart.

    Harrow needs to take a pill of man the eff up. Poythress just needs to play and hustle. Noel is where he needs to be. He will develop.(he is the only one really on schedule). WCS is just way too un-cordinated it seems, but in due time he will get better. His main job should be lob city. Goodwin will find his way back to the 2 spot. It will take time but he is just too good of an athlete and what he does. (he just needs to learn to control himself). Kyle just needs to run sprints and shoot in practice. 2 hours of taking 3 off and on the dribble. December 28th will show us how much we are improving. If we show no signs of improvement, that is when we need to start worrying a tad bit. Early Feb. we will starting seeing this team in its true form.

    Sorry for the long post.

  23. CATS
    12:36 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #19 Where are you getting this from?

  24. SeaCat
    12:38 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I love Wiggins!!
    But he is no taller than Derek Anderson,
    who was 6′ 4″ ( look at the KSR photo ).
    With James Young and the Twins, we will
    be a bit top heavy at the 2-3 spot.
    Actually the 2 spot.
    That may be why he goes to FSU.

  25. UKBlue
    12:40 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    A big part of the problem that no one has mentioned: after coming off winning a championship & the incoming recruits seeing UK win a championship, the mentality to just coast or do just enough to get by has crept into their mindset. I’m sure the majority of these new kids have never been pushed, they were talented enough in high school & AAU to just go on automatic pilot, and now they are in college & that’s just not good enough. Cal isn’t lying when he says I can’t hide you !! If you’re out of shape, not hitting shots, in the wrong place on defense & offense, not getting back on D or an Offensive run out, your man blows by you, you can not Hide at UK !! Fire Up the Treadmills, because you’re about to have a shitty Christmas break. Hope these kids like ice baths.

  26. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    12:53 am December 5, 2012 Permalink


  27. I Say
    1:35 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #4 The only way they are going to get better is by playing.
    #5 If Leslie came here he would be in the pro’s. And I would hope that he is an animal, he didnt do jack shit his first two years in college. Besides, we got terrence who was a BEAST, better than an animal.

  28. Bleed Blue
    1:38 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wiggins is 6’6″ and it wouldn’t matter who we have it he would start over anybody.

  29. Bleed Blue
    1:39 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Also I can’t give out my sources.

  30. CATS
    1:55 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #29 – Random question, do you have a twitter account?

  31. Daddy Fat Cat
    2:01 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    7. I doubt any worthy source is giving information to a guy who says the word ‘learnt’.

  32. FaceInHands
    2:05 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Only you numbnuts would compare a football team to a basketball team.

  33. CATS
    2:40 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #29 – Did you get it from Maggard?

  34. BravoBigBlue
    2:45 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Lack of leadership from the players is the biggest problem with this group. Maybe Sean Woods had it right when he talked about these players’ sense of entitlement. It takes hard work to succeed at this level and most of them don’t get that. Hence, the letdown in the 2nd half. I think Noel has to step up and set the example and lead the way. He does have heart and a motor. But he has to show both consistently.

  35. RICK
    3:05 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    The best thing about tonight’s college basketball is the bookends….. Charleston beat Baylor at home right before the uk game at rupp and northwestern beat Baylor at home to shore the loss up tonight……like one nba scout said “uk can have a bad year and all these freshman are going in the first two rounds”……lets bring in five or more freshman next year (plus wiltjer (who can forget him)) and do it all over again……

  36. Enzo N. Gino
    6:09 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    1. it was just Samford
    2. Nerlens needs to get rid of the UK emblem in his back Fro
    3. When will NCAA ban #5’s whole mo Fro style?

  37. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    6:51 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    This team reminds me a lot of the 10/11 team. Not so much talent wise but the lack of chemistry and energy definitely. Let’s face it, last yrs team coming together and gelling so quickly was special and shouldn’t be expected. They will be fine by tournament time, and hopefully get hot the same way that team did.

  38. HOO
    6:52 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Now I see why PayPal Cal was afraid to the Big Handsome and Co. Lost at home to Baylor! A team that just lost at home to Northwestern!! UK will be like their freshmen come tourney time, one and done!!!!

  39. wheres twany
    6:52 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Whats up with Twany? Is he still hurt?

  40. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    6:54 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #29 – Cause they are too far up your a$$?

  41. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    6:57 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #39 – Wondering the same thing. Before the season there was talk of him playing more this yr and becoming this team’s shut-down-defender. Haven’t heard anything else about him being injured. Guess that all was wishful thinking.

  42. Sean Woods
    7:07 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Twanny has gotten REAL comfortable over on that bench. I was thinking of bringing him a pillow when they showed him a couple of times on TV.

    When that kid is no longer in that position (less that 4 months – he’s a Senior), he will kick himself the rest of his life for giving up while being that close to the best court in college basketball.

  43. SexnNursinHomes
    7:12 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    How to Troll by Bleed Blue.

    1. Create UK related fan name
    2. Make up source that says Wiggins to fsu
    3. Can’t reveal sources
    4. Insists that his info is true

    Full of shit.

  44. barn
    7:33 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    4–maybe since cal was pretty sure we were going to win this game, he played the guys who he thought needed the pt the most. maybe he likes jon but just wants to work the freshmen. from his comments it sounds like the freshman are going to get lots of work this month. just sayin’

  45. RealCatsFan
    7:35 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Did someone just let loose of a Silent-But-Deadly, or is there a Loosier in the room? “Big Handsome”? Are you serious? The dude looks like Quasimodo with a pituitary disorder! The standards for “handsome” must be pretty low in that state.

  46. SexnNursinHomes
    7:37 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    38- pay pal. ha. You guys just cheated while on probation. You have to be the about the dumbest f*** on the planet. No seriously.

  47. RealCatsFan
    7:37 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #43, probably the same sources that told him Harrison twins to Maryland and Nerlens Noel to Georgetown…

  48. SexnNursinHomes
    7:38 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    47- exactly

  49. RealCatsFan
    7:39 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #4, Hood should know by now that the quickest way to get noticed by Cal is ferocious defense. It was good to see Jon hitting those 3’s. If he can keep that up, and stay in front of his man, his playing time will go up.

  50. barn
    7:43 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    43-very eloquently put oh sage one

  51. Worried
    7:46 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    The tards won at College of charelston last night by 42. That same Charelston team won a couple weeks ago at Baylor. Should we be worried?

  52. ProspectMike
    7:48 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Rock Oliver had already worked with them over the summer and preseason. We saw a lot of him on ESPN all access. Did the job not get done by him and the staff months ago?

  53. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    7:54 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #51 – No.

  54. DirtyDutchMantel
    7:59 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    52) Did not work on Harrow. I know he got sick, but he weighs about 140 pounds. The crazy thing is he still gets beat off the dribble all the time.

  55. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    8:04 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #54 – His weight is a part of the problem with that. You have to have some strength to guard a man off the dribble or they’ll bull there way past ya. I’m also willing to bet that Harrow is one of the 3 that Cal says can’t play more than 3 minutes at a time. Fatigue will let people blow by you as well, no matter how light you are.

  56. Catlanta
    8:10 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to say it, but Russ Smith will foul out whichever one of our players is guarding him. He would foul Mays out in about 5 minutes.

  57. JodyRay25
    8:11 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Did we really just win by 33 and now have LOTS of people on here complaining about CAL and the Cats?! WTF is wrong with you idiots? I have to wonder if you are actually Louisville/Indiana fans on here trolling. I f’ing hate the the vocal minority

  58. [floyd]
    8:11 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #55 knows what he’s talkin about

  59. SexnNursinHomes
    8:12 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    50- ha!

    51- Didn’t know ul had a game last night, no one cares.

  60. Troll Central
    8:21 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    It seems like about 80% of the ppl posting on KSR are trolls now. Amazing the energy they put
    into hating us and our Cats. You wouldn’t catche me dead on an IU or UL board or site.
    ‘Guess that goes to show how pathetic they truly are. Speaking of pathetic, isn’t “lawnodor”
    due to get off the crazy train for a visit any minute now? Talk about a TARD.

  61. Troll Central
    8:22 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    “catche” ? I have no idea. Butterfingers.

  62. Got CAL?
    8:31 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow looked better last year when UK had their practice on ESPN, playing against Teague, then he has this year in any game. Maybe Cal should show him of some of his good play last year against Teague to enforce what he needs to do in games.

  63. kentuckyjoe
    8:31 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Archie looked great with those fearless slashes from the wing. We need that. And for him to do that he has to be on the wing and not at the point. I personally want him moved.

  64. ST-DoubleOh!-PS
    8:31 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow is the key. If he plays just decent at the point, this team will be good to go, if not, could be a hit or miss team all yr. I’m hoping by the end of this month we will at least know what the kid is gonna give us.

  65. kentuckyjoe
    8:34 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    56 has a point. That Russ Smith is dangerous. I think he and Siva have to be the best backcourt in the country. They can do anything they want to do and that is something of a weakness; they try to do it all.

  66. Carl
    8:36 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Those critizing the cats need to STFU. We’ll be fine, AD, TJ, MKG and company are not walking through that door. Let these guys gel and we’ll be fine…and I hope the national media realizes by now that any fool can pretend to be a UK fan and harass the UK players. As Boogie said: “Call me”!
    GO CATS!!

  67. GregJ
    8:36 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Interesting Cal mentioned heart rates. It looked like that’s what Poythress was getting fixed in the first half, I wonder if they’re using a HRM to make sure Alex is giving 100% effort?

  68. Charlie Strong
    8:46 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    There is a 3:30 press conference this afternoon to announce me as the new coach of the Vols. Join me in singing “Rocky Top”. But I will never wear orange pants. #BeatUK

  69. yepyep
    8:51 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    69…… Yep

  70. asdf
    8:54 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    The key to this year’s team isn’t anything to do with the games themselves. Cal needs to identify someone on the team and quietly “challenge” them to become MKG. Get up before dawn for exra practice. Get the others to follow. Wiltjer would be perfect for that role if he would embrace it. He needs it personally, and the team needs that kind of leadership.

  71. ryan
    8:55 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t tell if Poythress is lazy, if he just wants to coast this year and go to the NBA, or if he has a bad attitude and doesn’t like Coach Cal. Some of you may bash me for saying that but he isn’t giving it his all and he still had what?? 16 or 18 points. Think if he gave it 100% and listened to what Cal is trying to teach him. It might be one of those years, maybe our worst year in the last 4. Who knows!! Either way, I will take this team over anything that Tubby or BCG put together.

  72. Delk for 3
    9:03 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    65 — Totally disagree about them being the “best backcourt in the country.” They are very up and down. I would take Duke’s Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Seth Curry all day, everyday over those two little midgets.

  73. bung
    9:09 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Samford…………….. 6 8 – 14
    Kentucky……………. 24 4 – 28

    POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 – Tot
    Samford…………….. 6 20 – 26
    Kentucky……………. 28 18 – 46

    2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 – Tot
    Samford…………….. 0 8 – 8
    Kentucky……………. 6 7 – 13

    Samford…………….. 0 2 – 2
    Kentucky……………. 13 4 – 17

    BENCH POINTS 1 2 – Tot
    Samford…………….. 2 3 – 5
    Kentucky……………. 4 17 – 21

    Fast break was at least attempted last night and it helped our points in paint total

  74. Delk for 3
    9:11 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    71 — I don’t think he’s lazy, he just don’t understand the value of playing faster, harder, and stronger yet. He is probably not being challenged too much by his teammates and it allows him to feel alright with not competing at a high level on most days. I would think if he had to go up against better players like MKG, Darius, Terrence, and Anthony on a daily basis that he would realize how he needs to play to be effective. Right now, he has no idea. He flat out plays too slow and at like 2 mph. He is too easy to guard because of his lack of playing with speed. We all know he has that high-level ability somewhere in that body and mind.

  75. Jughead
    9:25 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress looks lost 90% of the time. What’s the deal? Head case?

  76. Hoodsgood
    9:27 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jon is more effective when he gets to play.

  77. Delk for 3
    9:51 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    75 — I just think it goes back to him needing to play faster, more decisive, and stronger. As a former high school coach myself, I have seen this problem among many kids. Kids need to catch the ball and then BAM!!, go right to the basket. If it’s not there, make a jump stop and then pass. Then work hard and run fast to get open without the ball. When the ball is shot, fly as fast as you can to the rim for a rebound. With Alex right now, there is none of that. There is too much catching the ball and standing and dribbling, passing and then standing. It’s hard to watch a kid who could be so awesome play that way.

  78. Some Guy
    10:03 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Let me say that Poythress is by far my favorite player on this team. I dont think he is lazy or indecisive. I just think he is passive and soft or shy. I think he is very smart and talented, but he just doesnt have that mean streak he needs. When Cal teaches how to get mean, he will start producing even more. He is a kid. He is still learning to play the game.

  79. I only play a coach on TV
    10:14 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress doesn’t seem involved in the offense. I’m not sure that’s totally his fault. He is lined up in the corner in the half-court set, outside 3-point line. He did hit a couple 3’s, but his strength is to the rim. Occasionally he gets there by driving the baseline against a defender, but there’s not much room for that play. Couple of times he stepped out of bounds and sometimes refs make a charging call. We do have big men clogging the middle, so no room for Poythress on the blocks. How about running the bigs to the high post for a pass, then turning and passing to Poythress as he flashes to the rim? This also exploits the weakness of a zone defense, which everyone is throwing at us and we are struggling against.

  80. Bleed Blue
    1:20 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Whoever thinks I’m a troll just wait and see. Unless Cal can convince him that it is only minority of fan he will be committing to FSU sooner than expected. Also why would I reveal my sources to a bunch of retarded people such as yourself? I was on here saying that the Twins were a lock to UK when everybody else was saying they were going to MD. I have also been spot on with every commitment we have gotten thus far this year even Noel. If you don’t want to believe me that is you problem, but I have been the only consistently right person on this site. I hope Cal can convince that not all fans are like that, but since Gordon is 100% on board, I don’t see us getting Wiggins.

  81. SexnNursinHomes
    2:26 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    80- You may very well be correct. But I’ll await for the word out of Wiggin’s mouth first.

  82. Assman
    3:42 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if Pitino was as upset as Cal was after playing Samford?They were ahead by 29 at the half and were outscored by 3 the second half.

  83. CATS
    3:54 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #80 – You might be correct in this, as #81 said I want to see wiggins say it. Cal works wonders, I think he can resolve the situation. I think most of this has to do with his dad more than twitter. I’m sure wiggins has gotten plenty of negative comments towards himself on twitter before. Now he’s basing his whole college decision on some tweets by stupid fans? I think there’s more to that. Also, are you saying you’ll only reveal your sources to smart people? Considering we’re all retards for disagreeing with you. I mean can you really blame us? Wiggins was supposedly a ‘lock’ for UK, not out of the blue we’re out of the running because of some tweets? Something doesn’t seem right. You may be right, but you have to admit it seems odd. More to the story I’m sure. We’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully more info after the end of this week.