If you squint hard enough, he looks like your 7 year old cousin dressed as Batman for Halloween.
When I am looking for the answers to the questions that start like this, “What’s wrong with [inserts UK sports here]?”…I usually like to look to our opponents for the answers. Specifically, short opponents with long hair. They are the ‘yodas’ of college sports — providing insight like a burnt out hippie living out of his rusted-out VW bus.
In today’s case, that VW bus (infrared green, thanks Adidas!) is Baylor University. The Bears just spoke UK’s home win streak and starting guard Brady Heslip had this to say about the 2012-2013 UK basketball team’s current status:
The rosters are almost entirely different, but as was the case a year ago, Heslip said the Wildcats still have the “ultimate team.”
“They’re young and their backcourt is really inexperienced,” Heslip told ESPN.com on Monday. “They’re really good, regardless. But they lack that guy that can settle a team down, a guy who’s a pure point guard. It never felt like they had that Saturday.”
“He’s a great player,” Heslip said of Goodwin, “but he’s not the guy to calm the team down.
“Late in the game against us, instead of slowing it down and building off of their runs, they took a couple of quick shots. Then we got some charges that worked in our favor instead of them having someone to slow it down and run a set and make us guard for 35 seconds.”
Jason King in a piece titled “UK’s Backcourt Blues” over at ESPN pulled that quote from Heslip’s mangy mane. Check out the rest of the article and see what you think is needed by this team. That’s what the comment section is for, y’all.
Mike Brey and others spoke out in the article, but it seems that King is showing that the backcourt is the current struggle area of the Cats. I can’t say I totally disagree, but there are certainly other factors going on. Everyone likes to point to the PG spot when it comes to Calipari since that became his perceived forte. However, there is some truth to the fact that this team hasn’t found its rhythm yet and rhythm often falls to the backcourt as their duty. I’ve got faith it will come together, though.
Like Heslip said, there is still a chance for these guys to show they are an “ultimate team.”