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Seth Greenberg explains some of Kentucky’s many problems

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Seth Greenberg’s assessment of this Kentucky basketball team was spot-on and not what we want to hear two games into SEC play. Greenberg said the Cats pump-faked him by winning the Duke game early in the season, only to prove him wrong after he went all-in following that win.

“I have a lot of concerns for this Kentucky team,” Greenberg told Kevin Negandhi during ESPN’s postgame coverage last night. “They don’t compete, they don’t play hard, and the guys (Calipari) brings in to make shots, they don’t defend. And that’s a definite concern.”

Kentucky won’t get stops if it doesn’t compete on defense, and a big part of the problem is defending ball screens. Greenberg said, “They melt on screens, they don’t fight through screens; they’re not alert off the basketball so they can’t help the helper or help each other fight through screens.”

Greenberg also sees problems offensively with UK’s lack of shooters on that end. Outside of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, no one is capable of shooting the ball and the entire team seems to only be going through the motions.

“Offensively, they ran offense to run offense,” he said. “They ran through their sets, but they didn’t run offense with any purpose whatsoever, trying to score.”

Opponents have figured that out, and with only two shooters on the team, the strategy is simple: deny Ulis and Murray, and pack the lane for everyone else.

“They have some issues they need to address.”

He’s not lying.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

23 Comments for Seth Greenberg explains some of Kentucky’s many problems

  1. Long Dong Silver
    12:07 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Willis can shoot the ball.

    • dean winchester
      12:18 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      But he can’t guard his own shadow…..not just Simmons who would be a load for just about anyone in cbb. He also seems to forget how to box out and fight for rebounds.

    • Long Dong Silver
      1:17 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Tell me anyone on this team that is guarding? My statement was regarding shooting. Greenburg said only Ulis and Murray can shoot. That’s not correct. Willis can shoot.

    • tippytoe
      3:27 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Dean, your just repeating that tired old line from Cal. He said the same thing about Wiltjer. Funny how there is no problem at Gonzaga-

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:23 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      ^^ LOL. You’re talking about the same Gonzaga who hasn’t made it past the Elite Eight under Mark Few?? He’s been there 15 years.

  2. wildcat502
    12:39 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I love Willis because I grew up in Bullitt Co., but he looks lost on defense and he just “hangs” around the corners on offense. Lee and Poythress are upper classmen and they committed “stupid” fouls that they should never do. Lee pushed a guy from behind for his 5th foul, Poythress was jumping over players backs for his 3rd and 4th fouls, what happened to getting position? He`s built like a tightend, so getting position shouldn`t be an issue for him.
    I just see a lack of hustle from this team, they turn down open shots and end up taking bad shots before the shot clock goes off. With outside shooting be such an issue, I`d give Mulder a try, if defense is an issue for him, just join the crowd. If he can shoot, I`d take that for now.

  3. ekywildcat
    1:04 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Time for some tweeks, Cal. How do college players shoot free throws so poorly? Can’t play defense, put in shooters if we have any, maybe we can out score them. I thought they all played lazy last night, I’d run them until they puked today.

  4. e56
    1:09 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    A very vaginal front court. Dont see it getting any better. no one on that front line can depend on.Put Briscoe on the bench and play anybody

    • J-Dub421
      1:44 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Well, I think it was a very penis front court effort. You want it to be hard, but it’s just soft and disappointing.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:22 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      J-Dub, I guess the water in the pool was cold. Like a frightened turtle, they just shrank from the action and went back in their shell.

  5. Mike Mayhem
    1:18 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I may be a bit too early, but I think this team is a bust. Alex Poythress is no longer interested in playing basketball, you can see it every time he hits the court. Skal is majorly overhyped, I’m not even sure if he should be playing basketball in a power five conference. Isaiah Briscoe = Archie Goodwin 2.0. Jamal can’t get out of his own way on offense. Marcus Lee is an energy guy, but creates no offense of his own. Without Ulis, this team has no offense at all.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:21 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I remember when we beat Duke, people on this site/radio show were saying that this team might be better than last years.

      I kinda wish folks would stop “proclaiming” shit so soon.

  6. The Professor
    1:40 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Wynyard must be God awful if he is not good enough to get in that game last night. We obviously lacked toughness and strength. That should be his forte!

    • RealCatsFan
      2:25 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Cal had Wynyard ready to go in for garbage time in the final minute of the Ole Miss game. But he never saw the court because the clock never stopped running for a dead ball. That’s another gripe I have about Cal – he could easily burn a time out late in a blowout (the favorable for UK kind) to put these kids in for a few moments of glory, but he never does. Players first, maybe not if you are a scrub.

  7. RealCatsFan
    2:26 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    The team in 2014 taught me to never throw in the towel cheering for my Cats, no matter things might look at a particular time. I think all of BBN should remember that.

    Regarding the article, it is spot on. Cal should read it out loud to the entire team!

  8. somerset bill
    2:42 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    humphries and wynyard not playing is more about coaching philosophy than comparative talent, in my opinion. i don’t know what they are seeing in practice from wynyard, but i would like to see most of alex’s minutes go to him or humphries–however positions have to shift around to make that happen. it may be neither of them can do any better shoring up the big offensive and defensive holes, but until they prove their liabilities are worse than alex’s they should get the chance.

  9. BlueDeuce
    3:46 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Humphries and Wynyard will be lucky to ever see more than 10 minutes a game unless Cal is pressed to play one of them like he had to when Harrellson played when Kanter was ruled ineligible. I’d like to know why they are on scholarship if they can’t even get in the game?

    Remember too that Cal missed on a ton of guys this past year, Murray was a huge surprise to even come to UK too. So it could be worse!

    I love Cal to death and more than pleased with his record and results (though I think he should have a couple more titles!) but, his philosophy of players first means NBA potential plays over solid college player. Point in case…how Willis or Hawkins (or even Mulder really) play so few minutes compared to Skal, Matthews or Briscoe. The later 3 have NBA potential so he will work with them making mistakes whereas one of the other 3 makes a mistake and they are out of the game.

    Skal shouldn’t see more than 4 or 5 min a game tops. Kids has talent I can see that but he is so raw, so weak that he can’t play without being a liability. He’ll take 2 or 3 years to develop but, he’ll leave after this year based on potential.

    I’d try any player on the bench over a few of the guys starting or getting significant minutes. They certainly won’t be any worse on the defensive end and most likely would be better on the offensive end. I’m not a “Kentucky kid should play” kind of guy either when I talk about Willis and Hawkins … I just think they are better suited to help this team RIGHT NOW than Skal, Briscoe, or Matthews.

    Alex…3 years in the system and he plays the exact same as he did the day he got here. He is what he is. Not sure what happened there but not every All-American pans out. He has the ability though to rebound and play defense and clean up around the bucket. But he’s being ask to do more than that and it simply isn’t who he is.

    There are major issues with this team but the glaring one is the interior offense and defense which is near non-existent! Fix that and you have a chance but, you’ll have to play almost perfect in the other areas to pull out the win.

  10. bankerbh
    3:52 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Over the past few years you never felt the Cars were out of a game. Many times the got down by 10 it it took awhile to regain the lead. And I was confident all the while that they would regain the lead in due time and eventually win. Not this year. Feels too much like the 2013 squad. Distant, but bad memories. Just goes to prove that cycling so many players through the program each year leaves pretty big swings in their level of performance. The young talent needs more accomplished upperclassmen to offset the learning process but I’m not sure we will ever see that with Cal’s approach. Last years group excluded.

  11. Jtown blue
    4:41 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Skal is still projected to go #8 in the draft … 2017 draft. How are the scholarships going to be used for next year?

  12. ReverendBlue
    4:45 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think Cal has to make a choice. Does he continue to prop up guys who are supposed to have NBA potential but are not producing so that we can keep the reputation as an NBA factory? Or does he give more of their minutes to guys that give our team a better shot of winning?

    • UK Big Board Update
      6:10 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Who gives us a better shot at winning?

      No defense, maybe-one-3-a-game-if-we’re-lucky Willis?
      17-yr old and raw Wynyard and Humphries?
      An injured Dom Hawkins?
      The walk-ons?

  13. KyKid117
    6:35 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think that it is time that players get playing time for actually running offensive sets as they were meant to be ran when Cal drew them up. Not run the set, then ditch it to play 1on1, playground basketball. I think that effort should trump how many *’s that a player had coming out of high school, These guys are lost…Tyler Uliss is a heck of a point guard, but he cannot make up for all of the holes in this year’s roster. It seems like none of these guys want to play the “ROLE” that Cal has them in this year. If the guys don’t want to play their role, then you have NO TEAM. All of last year’s TEAM knew their role, and filled it. I used to think that had UK had a healthy Alex Poythress for last year’s game against Wisconsin then they would have won. Now I don’t think that he has enough….I don’t know what he doesn’t have enough of, but it’s the same thing that Skal, and Willis are missing. Kidd-Gilchrist had it, KAT had it, Boogie had it, Ullis has it, and Murray may have it. These young men are very talented, but it seems to me that basketball is just a game to them. I think “WE” (fans) care more than they do.

    • KyKid117
      6:38 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I’m going to stop smoking crack before I post, I promise. That is some incoherent crap right there. Sorry, I get a little scatter brained when I get riled up.