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What Will You Be Looking For In The Blue/White Game?

This Wednesday is the 2012 edition of the Blue/White game which means that basketball season is just a few short weeks away. While Big Blue Madness offers all the bells, whistles, and projection screen floors the Blue/ White game often offers a more clear picture of the team. This season we need that more than any year prior. We know the team has talent, but with only one major player returning, how are these guys going to mesh? Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in this Wednesday’s game.

 

More of the Nerlens/Willie Cauley-Stein Battle:

The twin towers are going to be wreaking havoc on opponents all season long by the look of things. So the chance to see the duo go head-to-head one last time is appealing. WCS gained the upper hand during Big Blue Madness following a monster jam that resulted in Nerlens earning the football helmet a couple of days later. While Nerlens got his share of shots in you know he is going to be looking to come up with some more big blocks and show a bit more offense in the Blue/White game. Either way seeing the two go head to head should be exciting.

 

Will a leader emerge?

Who is going to be the guy that gets the ball at the end of the game? Last year you knew MKG would make the big play when the time came. The year before Brandon Knight was the one capable of hitting the big shot. This year that answer isn’t so clear. With so many young guys on the squad it’s hard to see who is going to step up and deliver when the game is on the line. While a scrimmage may not be the best place to see this quality illustrated perhaps if the game is close late we can see which guys are willing to try and end the game.

 

Will Brian Long Appreciate It?

 

Wednesday is sure to be a fun night for Cats fans. Not only will we get the second part of ESPN all access but we get to see our team take the floor for the second time this year. So what are you most looking forward to seeing this Wednesday?

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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21 Comments for What Will You Be Looking For In The Blue/White Game?



  1. SupCats
    8:35 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Is this thing on TV or internet Live??



  2. SexnNursinHomes
    8:40 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    1- I don’t know.



  3. bmt22033
    8:43 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think Poythress or Goodwin will be the guys to make big plays when the team needs them. Something about Poythress reminds me just a little bit of MKG and Goodwin seems like he’s just hell bent on one thing and that’s winning.



  4. You didn't build that
    8:53 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    whatever I’m looking for, “reeking” won’t be on the list.



  5. tdogg40330
    8:59 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    1) I know its on Fox Sports and on local tv, not sure about the internet



  6. MattJ
    9:02 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Andrew do you appreciate writing for this site????
    The Brian Long jokes are horrible. Every time you say them it makes YOU sound stupid and like a prick who would in all likelihood lose in a fight to Brian Long. Never met, but im pretty sure that he is a Walk on at ky, and I’m sure he appreciates the opportunity!



  7. cats11
    9:12 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    6. Agreed. Andrew’s writing skills < Brian Long's walk-on skills.



  8. AnotherMichael
    9:12 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    I only expect a sexy dance team. Thats serious business. The rest is just for show.



  9. Kaboom
    9:13 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    6) Shutup, it’s an inside joke for radio listeners. Get a clue before berating a writer. Go read Maggard if you don’t like it.



  10. tdogg40330
    9:17 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    FIGHT FIGHT !!!!



  11. go cayuts
    9:22 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Not that I’m a pessimist or anything, but I think the twin towers are going to need a fair bit of experience before they start reaking havoc on formidable opponents. I too see Poythress and Goodwin emerging as the players who really step up.



  12. HillbillyInBC
    9:26 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wiley Cauley-Stein? Is he any kin to Willie?



  13. HeyJoe
    9:40 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    If that isn’t a Samuel L. Jackson expression on Noel, then I don’t know what is.



  14. catfan68
    10:08 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    @9 But it is a joke that has been beaten to death; dug up; beaten again; and buried again….



  15. Ashland
    10:24 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    15. And after all that, it continues to be funny. I will be paying close attention to Brian to make sure that I can see he is truly appreciating it. First priority actually.



  16. Jimmy2Chins
    10:45 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    I think people should get ready to temper expectations for this squad-at least til Feb

    Gonna take a little longer than this spoiled fanbase is willing to wait to see aanything resembling a polished team.

    Our halfcourt offense is going to be painful to watch and the “Twin Towers” are kids who are still learning basic post moves and weren’t considered great offensive players at the high school level to begin with.



  17. reedwizard
    11:10 pm October 21, 2012 Permalink

    I’m looking for:
    Twin Towers offense (if they have any moves or not)
    Is Willie an intimidator/shot blocker?
    Can Harrow set everyone up or blow by our good defenders?
    Outside shooting – especially Harrow and Poythress. We know about Kyle and assume Mays
    the aggressiveness of Poythress – how long will it take him to learn what it took Jones to learn about attacking?



  18. daddysboyxoxoxoxoxo
    12:35 am October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s not be too hard on Brian Long… Does he really need to be appreciative of anything after his breakout high school senior season at 9 ppg and all-county honorable mention???

    In all seriousness, Long exudes ungratefulness on his face. The only place he’d succeed at UK is in the JC.



  19. Coach Norman Dale
    8:48 am October 22, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not worried about these guys. All they need is one of my speeches on fundamentals and they will be fine. How many times are we going to pass before shooting? FOUR!!!



  20. RealCatsFan
    9:28 am October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, this team will struggle offensively in the early season, but any reasonable fan should expect that. It will probably play out much like the 2011 season. I have to wonder with the athleticism of our bigs if Cal will elect to go with more of a slashing dribble drive motion offense rather than a traditional post up half court game. I do expect this to be a solid defensive team, as all of the players are very quick with the exception of Wiltjer. Hopefully he spent a lot of time working on his quickness and foot speed in the offseason, because last year that was a limiting factor in his playing time.



  21. Ghost of Rupp
    4:11 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    As a man with tremendous experience with Blue/White games please remember this. No matter what happens on the court a casual fan can find a reason to be happy about it. For example…a blocked shot could be a great defensive play or a really poor post move or bad shot selection. A made 3 point shot could be a good shot or terrible perimeter defense. Sit back and enjoy the show and pray that no one gets hurt. This game is as much about getting the guys in the Big House on the Big Court and in front of a big crowd…it is a full game with more defense than Big Blue Madness but in the end a practice game nonetheless. Coach Cal has gathered enough data points on his players via practice but he wants to see them under the brighter lights of my house. Remember I won 4 NCAA tournament titles so I know the value of scrimmage games.