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10 Things That Went Wrong Before The Goaltending

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

All of the talk after Kentucky’s surprise home loss to LSU is about the goaltending or the stupid rule that prevents the officials from reviewing the play to make the correct call. If Joe Lindsey is allowed to review the tip-in and correctly call basket interference, the game goes to overtime and may the best team win. Instead we’re left with a screw-job that could have a huge impact on SEC Tournament seeding, and in turn, Kentucky’s shot at a No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance.

It’s easy to blame the final split second of the game for the loss, but much more went wrong in the defeat of the Wildcats. Had the initial layup gone in at the buzzer, we’d be talking about these 10 things that played huge roles in the sad ending.

 

1. Keldon Johnson got torched.

It’s easy for Kentucky fans to complain about the basket interference (and it was basket interference) but the play went wrong when Keldon Johnson got burnt by a crossover that freed Skylar Mays to attack the rim. With Johnson in Mays’ dust, PJ Washington and EJ Montgomery had to meet Mays at the basket, which then left Kavell Bigby-Williams wide open and untouched to clean up the glass with the game-winning tip-in. The whole controversy could’ve been prevented if Johnson had played better defense and stayed in front of his man.

2. Reid Travis’ turnover ruined a great opportunity to win it in regulation.

Reid Travis pulled down a huge offensive rebound that should’ve given Kentucky the final shot in regulation in a tie game; however, he got pinned by LSU’s length and turned the ball over while trying to get the ball out to a guard to reset the offense. It’s hard to be critical of the turnover after he hauled in what should’ve been a game-changing rebound, but it turned a no-loss scenario (at least in regulation) into Tremont Waters taking the ball the other way.

Speaking of that rebound…

3. How did Keldon Johnson’s shot not go in?

Johnson’s floater to give Kentucky a two-point lead with under 30 seconds to go touched every part of the iron before rattling back out. How did that not drop? If that shot goes down, Kentucky needs one stop to escape with a victory, instead we have the Travis turnover and LSU going the other way.

4. Tyler Herro made two really bad plays in the final 30 seconds.

First it was the foul 40 feet from the basket that sent Waters to the foul line for two free throws to give LSU a two-point lead with 20 seconds to go. It was a heady play by Waters to draw the foul on Herro, but he has to know better than to put himself in that position so far from the basket.

Herro’s second bad play was the contested three-point try with 11 seconds to go and UK down two. He tried to rise up over two outstretched LSU defenders and the shot clanked off the rim. Luckily, Reid Travis was there for another one of those big offensive rebounds to keep the dream alive. Herro’s shot shouldn’t be excused, though, because it was a very selfish shot attempt. Hero ball, one might say.

5. Ashton Hagans had another bad game.

Hagans had a tough assignment in Tremont Waters, one of the best players in the SEC, and his team needed him to show up. Bad news: He did not show up.

Coach Cal said afterward, “Ashton didn’t play well today. Didn’t play well at all… Ashton couldn’t stay in front of anybody, so every time they ran downhill, they got whatever they wanted and they were doing it to him.”

His poor defense earned him more bench time than he’s used to getting. He played only 21 minutes, his lowest since the Monmouth game back in December, while Immanuel Quickley played more than he’s played since mid-December, also with 21 minutes.

6. Papa John was sitting behind the bench.

Need someone to blame? Blame Papa John, who sat directly behind John Calipari. It’s all his fault. Go back to Louisville.

7. LSU out-rebounded UK late in the game.

Kentucky owned the glass before halftime, but it was LSU that dominated the boards in the second half, including six big offensive rebounds. LSU had zero second-chance points in the first half and then 12 second-chance points in the second. Calipari said they simply didn’t block out as well toward the end of the game.

8. PJ Washington’s fourth foul hurt.

Things really changed when Washington went to the bench with nine minutes to go. LSU had already made it a game at that point with Washington on the floor, but the Tigers really took advantage of Washington on the sideline. EJ Montgomery didn’t play particularly well, Nick Richards played only three minutes and Reid Travis struggled with the Tigers’ length and athleticism. Kentucky needed PJ Washington at all times and foul trouble sent him to the bench at a pivotal point in the game, although he did come back in to keep the fight alive until the end.

9. Hagans and Quickley had one assist each.

Those are your point guards and they have to do better than a combined two assists.

10. Kentucky blew a nine-point lead at home.

Above all else, the reason Kentucky lost is because Kentucky couldn’t seal the deal when it had LSU down. The lead got up to nine points early in the second half and the Cats let the Tigers back in and failed to get it done on their own floor. You can point the blame to individual mistakes in the final minute, basket interference, a stupid rule against monitor reviews or Papa John, but the loss ultimately falls on Kentucky getting outplayed in the second half in Rupp Arena. There’s the story.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

78 Comments for 10 Things That Went Wrong Before The Goaltending



  1. cking
    11:19 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    How did Louisville BLOW a 20 point lead…to Duke.

    Doesn’t matter which region or who or where…we are going to have to play Duke anyway you slice it…



    • mashburnfan1
      11:22 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      They have a coach that made an adjustment and went to zone down 23 with 10 minutes left. It worked and they came back and won, even if it would not have worked at least he made an adjustment. Our coach would have just kept screaming and stomping and we lose by 34.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:24 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Find another team mashburnfan, we don’t need your dumb azz! You don’t want UK to win, you enjoy our losses way too much.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:31 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Since you admire K and dUKe so much mashburnfan you should go back and look at all the violations they’ve swept under the rug at dUKe. If you need some help I can point them out for you, but you’d rather make excuses for dUKe and K.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:33 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Corey Maggette, Lance Thomas, Rasheed Sulaimon. Go do a little research on those names and tell me you respect what K is doing at dUKe.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:37 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Louisville blew a 20 point lead because the turned ball over at least 8 or 9 times down the stretch and had on one who wanted to take a shot, they never attacked the basket. Zion had 4 fouls most of the second half and they just passed the ball around the perimeter. Had nothing to do with K having anything more than a much more talented team and one of the best 3 point shooters in the country.



    • BigolBlue
      12:07 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      4 ever is so mad



    • catsarerunnin
      10:43 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      BigolBlew is so stupid.



    • 4everUKblue
      12:38 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Mad that your team blew a 20 point lead? BigolSlaterMedic, aka big cat, aka No more excuses needs to put down the crack pipe.



    • syrin23
      1:49 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      I have said this a dozen times over, Duke is NOT going to win it all. 29% 3 point shooting since conference play, 200+ in the country from the line. Despite what the announcers say, they are not good defensively. UL had a TON of open looks from the three point line just by rolling off the screener. Zion is a terrible on the ball defender and got burned the whole game. He is great help defense because of his size, quickness and vertical, but his man gets a ton of open looks. UL just choked under the pressure of beating a highly ranked Duke team. UK has done the same in the past.



    • syrin23
      1:53 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      The refs were bad all night. Hagans second foul wasn’t. PJ’s fourth foul wasn’t.



    • SGD
      7:13 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      We will lose before we have to play Duke



    • unbridled
      8:43 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      UL lost simply because the officials allowed puke to play “kill the man with the ball” in a full court press. It was ridiculous. It was like a prison yard.



    • unbridled
      8:44 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Mashbirn, you and sgd are really “special” aren’t you?



    • john calimari
      4:28 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Keldon turned the ball twice down the floor, plenty of time for Herro or Hagans to leave their man and double Mayes who’s head was down bc of good pressure by Keldon. Maybe you had a word minimum you had to meet so you added this point for filler, because it’s pretty weak “analysis”. And the fact that you didn’t mention Hagans or Herro responsibility in that sequence weakens what little credibility you had. They either are should been walling up the ball 30 feet from basket or rotating down to the bigs to prevent the tip. Hagans was late to bigs and Herro should have had some ice cream because he was a total spectator.



  2. humboldt24
    11:20 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    All very true Drew.

    One other I would add – why did Cal dub in EJ for Reid rather than Nick in for Reid. If it’s for defensive purposes (which it was), Nick is a much better shot blocker than EJ. He might have gotten there earlier to contest the shot and send it to overtime rather than EJ being late and getting his hand caught on the rim.



    • mashburnfan1
      11:26 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Why did Nick play so little? And why was Hagans watching 2 LSU guys go for the tip? He was just watching the play. Also I agree the tip should not have counted but EJ grabbing the rim and shaking the entire goal is indeed interference. All are right just putting his hand through there was not a problem by rule since he did not contact the ball, BUT grabbing the rim and shaking the entire goal is defensive basket interference PERIOD.



    • speaksthetruth
      8:09 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Enough with EJs interference!! They said that was not interference because it was before the ball even got to the rim. But that is just what the guys who know what they are talking about know. Honestly I agreed with you about it at first but they cleared up the rule, so LET IT GO!



    • 4everUKblue
      11:28 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Why do you even care trashburnfan? That was not basket interference you dunce! You need to watch the replay, the goal didn’t move at all you just wish it had so you can criticize even more. You’re pathetic.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:29 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan you’re a complete idiot PERIOD!

    • Thanks Duke fan. A Cat fan you are not.

    • Mash that is.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:32 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      CG Mash is a dookie trolling KSR, no doubt about it.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:36 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Mash, are you happy that dook won? I think you have been exposed on here. And cut and past the part of the rule where it is defensive interference if the ball is not on the cylinder. We are waiting. Post it or shut up about it. Please.



    • dcforuk
      12:13 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      grabbing the rim and shaking the entire goal is defensive basket interference ONLY if the ball is at the rim. EJ did NOT interfere! PERIOD!



    • grammarpoliceUK
      1:56 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      From a former NCAA official: Two things to consider at the end of #LSUvsUK,” Steratore tweeted. “The contact by the UK player isn’t basket interference as the ball is not on the rim and the contact didn’t alter the outcome of the shot. However, the contact by LSU is goaltending because the ball is within the cylinder.

  3. All of a sudden UL can’t protect the ball to save their lives. I guess the Dookies were saving their energy in the first 30 minutes.



  4. cathatter
    11:22 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Papa John sporting UK blue nonetheless???



  5. recliner coach
    11:28 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Do our assistant coaches ever give Cal any input? I see them talk to players when they come out, but not so much to Coach. Maybe I’m missing it and just noticing it on other games when watching different teams.

  6. Keldon’s shot not going in made us feel like Auburn felt when their last shot rimmed out. I had thought that shot was good at first.



  7. DelrayCat
    11:31 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    After the Travis free throws to tie it…WHY DIDN’T CAL CALL TIMEOUT???
    Then they could have set up their defense. The rule is DO NOT let the guy catching the pass race up the floor uncontested. You make sure to trap or double that guy and make him pass it. To get a shot like that at the rim is NOT on Keldon….it is on Cal.



    • KayutsBy90
      12:06 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      None of this comment makes sense….



    • mashburnfan1
      12:32 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t think UK had any timeouts left.



    • symphonist41169
      8:53 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      No timeouts left.



  8. mashburnfan1
    11:34 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/kentucky-vs-lsu-score-tigers-stun-no-5-wildcats-at-the-buzzer-to-enter-sec-title-race/
    Just saw this on CBS sports and at the 2 second mark of the video it sure looks like LSU steps on the sideline in the back court. Would love to see a side angle of this. Would have been our ball right there with 4 or 5 seconds left and neither EJ’s rim grab or the illegal tip would have mattered. Anyone have a better view?



    • Catsfan1715
      11:45 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      I believe it only appears that way because the table is cutting off the rest of the view.



    • dcforuk
      12:10 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      EJ did NOT interfere. It is only interferance if a player does that while the ball is at the rim.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:33 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      1715 yea I see what you mean there. Looks like the floor but is the table. Thanks.



  9. J-Dub421
    11:34 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Herro did not foul Waters. Waters tripped over his own feet and flopped theatrically. The refs bought it.



  10. DelrayCat
    11:35 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    It really is frustrating to watch other coaches change up their defense from time to time (like Duke). Cal never does. Oh sure…maybe one day he will put in a zone…but I won’t hold my breath. Cal also professes to never adjust or gameplan to the opposing teams strengths and weaknesses. And of course…he doesn’t like calling timeouts at the end of games.
    Love our Coach…he’s been great at UK…but man, he is stubborn.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:41 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      I have seen him throw in a token zone here and there. But pretty rare. The Duke comeback was as much a product of Louisville completely choking as it was adjustments by K. Geezus, why not drive the ball straight at Zion every. single. time? He had 4 fouls for chrissake. As Cal puts it, Louisville peed down their leg in the 2nd half.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:44 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Cards were pathetic down the stretch, no one wanted to take the shot, wouldn’t take it to the basket and Reddish hit every 3 point shot he took, had little to do with K doing anything but have a far superior team.



    • Catsfan1715
      11:46 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah they played not to lose for the last 9 minutes. I’ve not seen anything like that in a long time. I despise Duke…



    • IrishCat
      11:16 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Getting out-rebounded, and you want to go zone.. It’s a wonder you’re not coaching..



    • catsarerunnin
      11:24 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Well to some on here a zone is the cure for everything. Their man to man has been outstanding but they should ditch it and go zone. Cue Crickets for another zone video.



  11. bigbluenationmbb
    11:40 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    I love seeing Louisville lose but hate seeing duke win



  12. UKinIN
    11:44 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    UK was terrible tonight. You can point to one play or ten but there were mistakes for 40 minutes



  13. hohum
    11:49 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    We just don’t have good ball handlers – too many steals, slap aways, dribbling ball off knees/feet and crazy off balance shots while trying to drive the ball – total lack of fundamentals. We still have guys taking ill-advised shots early in the shot clock when better option is available if the extra pass is made. If we take care of the ball better and play smarter, we don’t lose games like this.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:51 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      That’s a fair analysis unlike ANYTHNG mashburnfan has to say.



    • Matt10
      8:14 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      4ever, let it go man. One too many bourbons last night? You’re obsessed. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even those you disagree with. Laugh and move on. 🙂



  14. VirginiaCat
    11:59 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    I would love to see the Cats get #9 this year, but when I take off the blue tinted glasses, I am faced with the reality that #9 is highly unlikely. So I go to my “anybody but Duke” default. That alone tells me that we have been slipping in recent years. So Cal, there are a couple of options. A) Reclaim your recruiting mojo from Coach K and get the best of the best, or B) abandon the OAD approach because it is not working.



    • AmazzzingLarry
      12:13 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      If Duke wins this year, it proves that the one and done does work, as they start 5 freshman. But it only works if a) you get 3 or more top 10 recruits and b) you get at least one transcendant player like Anthony Davis or Zion or RJ Barrett.



    • No more excuses cal
      1:20 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Or maybe resign



    • catsarerunnin
      10:44 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Or maybe just be a troll like you Slater.



  15. AmazzzingLarry
    12:09 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Credit to a tough LSU team. Drew’s article hit a number of good points. Tremont outplayed Hagans and Quickley. Herro’s last shot choice was terrible. Johnson was torched on the last play, and 3 players went to block the layup, leaving Naz open for the putback. It was a tough break on a close call at the end, but UK’s improvement over the season has been staggering. I’m proud of them for that and could care less whether they have a 1 or 2 seed.



  16. No more excuses cal
    1:19 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Excuses excuses excuses There is none We don’t need um we players first the gold standard We just pretend we won then we prepare for June



    • Zissou87
      3:17 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      UK barely got beat by a top 20 team. Relax with the “farr Cal” talk.



  17. BluemanGreen
    3:20 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Nick only getting 3 mins is BS! Tired of watching Reid get swatted and jumped over and shot over constantly. He made a ton of bad plays tonight while Nick sat & watched. We couldve really used his size & shot blocking tonight. Dont understand why Cal hates him so much.



  18. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:24 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Nice piece here. It was well thought out and explained. Of course I wish it weren’t necessary to write it.



  19. Brad
    5:28 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    If cal calls zone yall criticize him if he doesn’t yall criticize. Stop whining



  20. ScoggDog
    7:05 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    This loss started in Starkville. Little streaks like this happen to every team in college basketball.



  21. ScoggDog
    7:17 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    I think what entertains me the most is Dick Vitale on the replay saying it’s not goal-tending, when the ball is CLEARLY above the cylinder. What exactly is Dick Vitale’s purpose in college basketball ? Comic relief ?



    • Kat4Life
      7:23 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      He only has that one eye….



    • JDizzle14
      7:49 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Vitale is a joke……hes one of those that has no balls. He nvr wants to criticize officiating and always wants to be that politically correct, social-conscious personality. Doesnt ever stand up and call anything for what it is–if its going to maybe sound negative or critical, forget abt him saying it.



  22. SGD
    7:20 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans is done. Where is Quade, sure could use a point guard. PJ is the only player who needs to worry about the G league draft, no one else is remotely ready. Our recruiting class is done, there is no room for anyone else, PJ and Travis are the only 2 that won’t be back.



  23. bbn606
    7:21 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    KSR needs to get some writers that understands the game. Basket interference would have been the call. Goaltending is only when you are on defense.



  24. Matt10
    8:18 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Bottom line, Rex nailed it in the pre game. LSU was a dangerous team and a trap game with TN coming this weekend. They simply were complacent thinking that winning streak happened without sustained urgency, which none of them had last night. It happens and I bet the loss will have them dialed in for a big win this Saturday.



  25. Le Docteur
    8:19 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    This piece is such bad analysis. Some of the things you blame UK for you’re just wrong about. Keldon Johnson didn’t get “torched” on a cross over. His guy DID a cross over on his mad rush down the court but Johnson stayed with him, close, the whole way and did NOT foul him. It was good defense. Herro didn’t make a stupid play in fouling Waters; he was rushing down court to play defense, and Waters stepped in front of him. What, you want Herro to JOG down court? Most of the list is “wow, this happened and if it didn’t maybe we woulda won.” Wow. Thanks for that. How about turning your keen analysis on LSU? PJ made a big 3 point play when we were down 5. The LSU defender had no business fouling up 5. Stupid. Next possession, Waters effs around 35 feet from the basket KNOWING he could take Hagans off the dribble anytime he wants and instead chucks a 35 footer, misses, we get the rebound. As stupid a shot as Herro’s long 3 pointer. I could go on. Sh*t happened ALL GAME that could have changed the outcome. Yes. But the one thing that actually did make the difference in the game was a blown call that, for some unjustifiable reason, is not reviewable. Jesus, in the Louisville game, they called a key charge on Reddish then went to the monitor to see if they got the call wrong and saw the defender’s heel on that dumb ass line and reversed the call. Use your high-powered analysis, please, to explain why those two situations ought to be treated differently. And why, in the last 2 minutes of the game, are the refs allowed to go to the monitor to see who touched the ball last on the way out of bounds but not allowed to see if the ball was on the cylinder? Rubbish. Just like your self-loathing analysis.



    • makeitstop
      8:45 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      All true. And, I read the rule on reviewable plays (bc why not at midnight) and basket interference is specifically excluded. Why? For the love of God, the action takes place 10-11 feet over the floor w (by definition) hands around the basket, and 2 50 year old 6’ tall refs trying to watch players’ feet and hands and standing behind taller guys blocking their view at times. It’s like a scoring play in football, almost inevitably ur view will be blocked at times. What genius wrote this rule and said “yea we should certainly not review THIS”)??? I’d love someone to explain why that seemed rational in any way.



    • BallDontLie
      9:09 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      More longwinded version of what i wrote on a different post. You are exactly right. It makes zero sense and yea if we play this game, well what if any UK player had made any other shot, or free throws, etc etc. Fact is it should have gone to overtime, UK earned the right to win or lose in overtime, not have the game decided by a non call just because we missed some free throws.



  26. catsby90.1
    8:21 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Herro got torched a lot too, which caused pj and ej to get in foul trouble. Oh well, just a bad matchup I guess.



  27. JDizzle14
    8:21 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Bottom line, this year’s group once again is just not to that elite level of talent that Cal used to get. This has been 4 yrs in a row now where the talent level of the recruits is just not where it was up until 2015. Nothing has been the same for Cal or this program since the WIS loss in 2015. It has been a clear slippage in all facets since then. The Bam/Monk/Fox crew was the only class even close to the level of the past great classes, and even they struggled bad with consistency and offense much of that year. Cal has to have at least 2 of a Wall/Cousins/AD/Towns-type talent on a team, plus a couple of guys like Jones, Lamb, Harrisons, WCS to return for year 2 for the system to work. As history shows, thats when he has had the most success. If its gonna be guys in the 10-to-25 range that r the freshmen leaders, then what we’ve seen the last 4 yrs is what we’re gonna continue to see. The ADs and KATs of the world can come in and get it done right away cuz theyre THAT GOOD. they didnt require the coaching that the more secondary group of guys requires. I think this is where Cal’s coaching struggles r reflected most, he has to do MORE with teams like this, and we see more of his actual coaching abilities come out on years like this, and so i think thats when we see his struggles as a bench coach come out. I just dont ever see it going back to the way it was from 2010 to 2015–Cal’s best days here are behind him. The game and recruiting has changed in the last 5 yrs and these kids no longer sweat him the way they used to…..the game has passed him by. His legacy will end up being that he won 1 title here and there’ll always be that debate forever of “for who he is and what he could do with recruiting, did his total body of work here actually match up to what he brought in here? Was it an overall underachievement based on what he had to work with?



  28. makeitstop
    8:56 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    In fairness this season is one of Cal’s best coaching jobs in terms of what he gets out or what he has. I’d have liked him to call a TO when there was confusion at the end of the Seton Hall game I think and maybe we could’ve gone zone and dared them to hit the last shot in this one, but he doesn’t have superstars and he’s got them playing at a high level. The guards stunk tonite. Not sure what he’s supposed to do about that. If they hit a couple threes or don’t miss FTs we’re 21-3 and playing for the conference lead Saturday with a team w no lottery picks and no eventual NBA stars. The Cal griping is silly at this point in a season that has gone about as well as could be expected.



    • makeitstop
      9:08 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      And yes, I agree recruiting is also part of the job and we have missed on a couple guys lately but to be fair, since Jeff Capel left the Gargoyle, Duke hasn’t signed anyone we wanted but Vernon Carey. Lots of speculation about how Capel’s “recruiting” tactics, and if that’s true, is that the game passing him by or him passing on shaky characters? Bc what Duke and UNC get away w, we’d be put on double secret probation for, right? Don’t be aday trader on coaching stock. See what he does settling into the new rules and if this season as an example it may yet work out. We just need some knock down shooters and he’s gone after that. Bad night last night but overall pretty damn good job this year, better than I thought.



  29. BluKudzu
    9:00 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Defense wins championships.

    Not the defense played by UK last night.

    Another year for these kids, at least, learning to play defense before they can be thought of as a serious contender for the NCAA championship.

    Maybe one or two might make the jump, and graduation takes another. The core of this team needs to get their butts in gear and defend if they wish to get to the FF, much less win it, next year.

    I saw a whole lot of quit last night.



  30. Jiminy Crickets
    9:05 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Said it last night. Our guys fight hard, and play hard. I’m proud of them for that. The truth is simple, but no one wants to admit it. We’re a good team, but not great, and likely are at or near our peak. Our guards can’t shoot consistently, and struggle on defense, our wings can’t defend or shoot, and our bigs are not big. PJ is a 2nd round talent, but will go in 1st, and anyone else that leaves early is following a pipe dream. Duke is proving coaching is overrated. Get them in best position to win, make a few changes here or there, and let the talent take over. Cal doesn’t change anything, same exact offense and defense every game, regardless of opponent, problem is our talent can’t overwhelm. We are good, and I really like our team. This is the type of team I want at UK, work hard, enough talent that should be much better if they all (excluding pj and Reid) and has a shot if things fall our way. I’ll take this team over a 2010, 2015, 2017 team where I knew they were all leaving regardless of what happened. Now the question is will these guys return.



  31. murphy60
    9:45 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    What did us in from what I saw was Hagans got schooled. Once he got his second foul, he was taken out of his game by LSU. EJ looks scared. Should have Richards in there, he’s more of a presence in the middle. No one besides PJ was willing to get in there and mix it up. That rebound that Reid should have gotten was because he didn’t grab it with two hands. Which I’m sure it’s fundamentals that cal teaches. Rushed three by Tyler should have been a pass. But we have 4 days to figure this out. Cause Tennessee will be playing the same way and that is banging the boards, making us play their game. And we need Ashton to get his mind right. We need his ball hawking presence causing Tennessee to rush and make mistakes. If we win, this won’t cause us to go down in the rankings. So we’ll see Saturday.



  32. jakew60
    3:15 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    If you look at the replay of the game you see mays step out of bounds right after he catches the ball also I’m surprised KSR missed that