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Marquis Teague: Homecoming

Bizzaro Teague
The Courier Journal captured this picture of Bizzaro Teague

Let me take you back in time to December 5th 2009… John Wall, the number one recruit in the country, was plucked right out of Tarheel country by John Calipari to become the headlining piece of his first of many blockbuster classes. This was the first and only game he’d play against his hometown Heels and he wasn’t going to disappoint. Wall keyed the Cats to a 28-2 first half run and led Calipari’s youngsters to a 15 point halftime lead before leaving the game for 20 minutes with cramps. It turns out the delay in his return can be attributed to John’s aversion to needles. He eventually overcame his fear, reentered a game in which UNC had staged a huge second half comeback and hit two clutch free throws with 4.3 seconds on the clock to seal the Kentucky win. Wall finished the game with 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and seven turnovers. The John Wall explosion against his home town team was the first step in establishing himself on a national stage. Sure, he’d hit big shots and put up gaudy number in previous contests, but this game and the following one against Connecticut put the Great Wall on the map.

Fast forward to today, another John Calipari point guard finds himself on the eve of the game against his home state team. Marquis Teague got off to a rocky start this season, but is this the game that he proves himself to be the lottery pick that he was touted to be in the preseason? As I see it, Marquis is going to attempt his usual hero plays. He’s probably going to attempt a lot of them. The interesting thing to see will be what happens if he starts connecting on those outside shots and acrobatic drives. Despite the obvious talent gap, this game is believed, by most members of the national media, to be one that will come down to the wire. If Teague can deliver in crunch time, will he see a profile boost similar to the one John Wall experienced after his national coming out party?

Marquis has been treated unfairly this young season. He has the talent, but his learning curve seems to be a bit steeper than his predecessors and some fans have interpreted that as inability rather than a lack of understanding. The best thing Teague can do for himself as a point guard is play through his talented teammates. Once he understands how to do that, his playmaking will come as well. Let’s hope that this is the game he figures that out.

Nothing would annoy Indiana fans more than if Marquis Teague was the one to beat them. That alone makes me the biggest Teague fan in the world this weekend. Remember to take your fluids tonight, Marquis.

[Disclaimer: I am in no way comparing the gameplay of John Wall to that of Marquis Teague’s. I am merely noting a similarity in their situations]

Article written by Matthew Hays

27 Comments for Marquis Teague: Homecoming

  1. Kaboom
    6:06 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hes a special kid, hes gonna rise to this challenge and never look back

  2. GoCats2
    6:07 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Your so called disclaimer will do nothing to prevent someone in the comments section complaining about that comparison.
    I think Teague is playing exactly the way he should right now, other than missing Free throws.

  3. Coach Cal for President
    6:09 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Teague is one of the best ball handlers (besides Pitino) that I have ever seen. He just needs to stop shooting 3’s. Penetrate and finish. He’s quick as a hiccup and can beat anyone off the dribble. When he learns “TEAM PLAY”, he’ll be a 1st round pick.

  4. catnhat
    6:13 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Dude, you can’t complain the gameplay of John Wall to Marquis Teague! You’re out of your mind.

  5. catnhat
    6:14 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Oops, “compare” not complain. Freudian slip there.

  6. GoCats2
    6:14 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    #4 excellent

  7. Adolph Rupp II
    6:15 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Cal should take his team to a foreign venue, such as Gtown College or EKU etc and have the student body wear red and fill up the arena. Then have the Cats scrimmage each other (real game style) and have the fans screaming and yelling profanities at the team. And even throwing things on the floor from time to time. That’s how Assembly Hall’s going to be and that’s why the line sits at -3.5. Can the young super kittens overcome the atmosphere and the talented IU team? I say yes:

    UK: 74
    IU: 66

    MKG goes off in this one with 24 points. And Teague actually makes 1 out of 10 free throws.

  8. bmt22033
    6:28 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    This isn’t Teague related but you guys *have* to read this article on Orlando Antigua! Who knew he was shot in the head and was homeless for a while?!?!? WOW!

  9. catnhat?
    6:28 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Catnhat… why don’t you give Teague a chance man? Yes, you can compare Teague to Wall. It’s pretty simple. Teague is good. Teague will end up being a much better shooter than Wall. Teague will end up not turning it over as much as Wall. So yes, you can compare Teague to Wall.

  10. CatFan
    6:29 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Need suggestions on a good place to watch the game tomorrow

  11. Knute Gangrinch
    6:32 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I ‘hope’ I’m wrong, but I believe MT will be rattled by the verbal assault and wrath hurled at him by angry, spurnned, IU ‘fans’.

    My hope is he settles down after a few minutes and becomes empowered by the energy.

    CAL knows that ‘hope’ is never part of any game plan.

    Should be interesting. ‘If’ we lose, we lose. Learn, move on; focus.

    But hell hath no fury like the 2012 March re-match.

  12. SuperTroy
    6:35 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Knight was pretty big down in Gainesville too. “This is MY STATE!!!” Nearly won that one for us by himself.

  13. catcrawler
    6:41 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Teague has had all week to prepare for this, and he’ll go up against Bloomington product Hulls. I think this is the most important matchup of the game.
    Teague=Player of the game

  14. Mr Schwump
    6:42 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    8, old news. Get away from Fox News and you’ll live a happier life and be better informed.

  15. Rob
    6:58 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Jones might be a better comparison (trip to Portland), or Knight (to Florida) or Bledsoe/Cousins (to Auburn, I guess–they didn’t go to Alabama). Wall wasn’t in NC, so he didn’t have to face the fans’ ire.

  16. jaaaayyyy
    7:00 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Bizarro Teague?
    Not sure what you are suggesting with this reference.

    Also, the fact that Teague is playing in Bloomington I’m afraid only works against us, but I hope I’m wrong.

  17. jaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy
    7:11 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Bizarro Teague is referring to his uncanny ability to be so amazing with just one arm. #freeteaguesotherarm

  18. Matt Jones' virginity
    7:17 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve tossed Drew to the side. You’re my new favorite KSR writer, Matthew. Prepare for a series of odd emails. Send hairs for the shrine.

  19. Big Blue 66
    7:25 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    teague will be fine, they will be all fired up, until our superior athletes just continue to put it on them. They have no answer / matchup for Jones…..reality bites both the IU players and stuns their delusional fans quickly. Cats 78 IU 66…over under on how many times our players should give the IU fans the sssssshhhhhhhh sign….3

  20. Bledsoe's Biceps
    7:30 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I had no idea Teague had a prosthesis for a left arm. Man that thing is so life like. Would be cool to see him play without it like he did in that pic.

  21. DirtyD
    7:53 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Teague will end up being the best point guard in college before his time is done at UK, all I ask of him is to stand still when he is shooting free-throws and quit falling backwards!!!! Well after thinking about it for a second Wisconsin has a pretty good guy running the point. Lol!!

  22. Oboro Cat
    8:05 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink


  23. bigbluecats
    8:37 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    The beauty of Teague, Knight and Wall is as great as they all are, each is unique in their own way. Wall had probably the best handling while flashing past defenders and scoring in the lane. Knight was clutch. 9 times out of 10 i would rather Knight take the game winning shot over Lamb or Miller. Teague will find his soon enough. He limits his turnovers and isnt wreckless like Wall. And he has plenty of speed. The best part is what everyone seems to forget how interchangable this team is. If Teague gets rattled, I trust in Lamb to run the point and settle this team down while Teague gathers himself. They are so interchangable i would trust the former point guard Davis to handle the ball. We have all seem him handle the ball and his only enemy in bringing the ball up is his height and risking steals. So as I conclude my thesis, Cats DESTROY IU 83-64

  24. OneAndDone
    10:22 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Why does everybody keep talking about Teague-Hulls matchup?? If Hulls gets hot, MKG will be on him like stink on shit and Teague can take some goofy white boy ( disclaimer- I’m white). Hulls can’t hold Teague on offense and Teague wont have to worry about Hulls on D if he can’t keep him from shooting…… Because MKG will! Cats by 13

  25. RickyPVoodooDoll
    10:35 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hulls is a good player, but, if Teague can not handle Hulls everyone should stop the 1 and done talk. Also, I would like to see Teague wear the same shoes MKG wears, maybe some off his positve energy would rub off on him. The wearing of shoes that do not look like your teammates has not worked that well for you.

  26. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:54 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Teague wipes the chocolate cake off his upper lip and keeps listening to Cal.

  27. Al's IndiCats
    11:40 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Teague will have a double double in points and assists tomorrow. Nothing like going home and showing the disclaimers up. Cats by double digits. I hate IU, I hate IU, I really hate IU…..Ya know what? That’s right I hate IU!