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3 things I didn’t expect to see in Kentucky’s Win over Morehead State

Unlike any other season-opener, there weren’t any exhibitions to prepare the BBN for what they were going to see from Kentucky against Morehead State. We all knew B.J. Boston was going to be great, but there were a few other unexpected and exciting developments from Kentucky’s 81-45 victory.

1. Devin Askew can play  

We saw his workout videos with Terrence Clarke and B.J. Boston. We heard Darren Collision rave about the young point guard. Even so, we hear plenty of preseason hype about every John Calipari point guard. No matter how good they are, it always takes time for them to adjust to the next level. Devin Askew was supposed to be a high school senior this year. I expected him to struggle longer than most well into conference play. That was not the case.

Quick up and down the court, Kentucky’s well-spaced half-court offense gave the freshman lanes to create shots. When others gave him an opportunity to score he was efficient, knocking down 5-of-9 shots, including 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line. Of course, there were turnovers, four to be exact, but Askew exceeded early expectations. When he wasn’t in the game, there was no drop off with Davion Mintz whatsoever. Cal’s got solid options at point guard.

2. Isaiah Jackson can shoot too 

We all knew the big man could throw down serious dunks and block shots like this:

We didn’t know he a midrange jump shot. The first made field goal of the 2020-21 season was a 15-footer from the wing by Jackson. That wasn’t the only jumper he knocked down Wednesday night. If he stays out of foul trouble, whew, this front-court will be great.

3. Cam’Ron Fletcher will contribute right away 

The 6-foot-6 forward from St. Louis was the No. 65 player in the 2020 recruiting class. Calipari players ranked in that range typically go one of two ways — they either flounder in an undefined role and bolt after a year or develop into an unexpected star. It’s only one game, but Fletcher looks like he fits the latter category.

Without Keion Brooks, Fletcher’s name was called early when Jackson got into foul trouble. Fletcher took what Morehead State gave him and knocked down an open corner three. When they still didn’t contest his midrange game right away, without hesitation he knocked down a couple of in-rhthym jumpers. He only missed one shot and finished with nine points. Even though it’s easy to be impressed by his early confidence offensively, defense is what will earn him significant minutes. He was physical inside, used his length to disrupt on the perimeter and he dove on the floor for loose balls. In just 17 minutes he had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Fletcher’s effort and energy will make him a fan favorite.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 Comments for 3 things I didn’t expect to see in Kentucky’s Win over Morehead State

  1. BigBluSoTru
    9:15 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    OMG this team has weaknes .heard the annoucer state this team has 9 player that will be drafted all 1st round with 3 of them lottery . #9 is in the bag BBN might as well start too print those 40-0 shirtts or whateve the number will be this year. i truly dont see a loss this is the greatest i’ve ever seen a Cal team out the gate.

    • dcforuk
      3:20 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      His hands get so tired from putting on and taking off his mask of sarcasm that has impacted his typing. You may want to join the 21st century and use the dictation button. It is much quicker. You may get a few misinterpretations you have to correct but as long as you are Tru to yourself, you will not make Siri inaccurate and Blu……….wait, that does not apply. Better stick with typing!

    • CJKAssassin123
      7:44 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Slow your roll! They soundly beat played a team that was picked to finish 7 in thier crappy conference. I saw a lot of good things but there was also a lot of sloppy play I’m worried about them when they play Kansas especially how physical Kansas was on the boards last night against Gonzaga even though they lost . If we play like that on the glass we are going to get beat by 10+ to Kansas. We do have the makings of a specific team this year but we have a long,long,long road to go.

  2. BigBluSoTru
    9:16 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    I meant no weaknesses.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      9:28 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Lol. A troll making a typo. Shocker.

    • Wade
      9:55 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      Speed and strength is something I didn’t see. We will see.

  3. zoupman
    9:28 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    Something I didn’t expect, but should had knowing the hypocrites in power.
    Players can room together, travel together, practice and warm up together.
    But when game starts guys on “bench” must sit far apart?
    Stupidly made for television.
    Damn China virus has made people nuts.

    • TBW3011
      9:34 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

      1000% optics and makes no logical sense. Of course no sense is common now.

    • makeitstop
      9:17 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      What a load of nonsense. They ride the bus. They eat together. They’re in cars together, rooms, practice, but sitting they space out. I was in NJ last week and they closed bar seating but allow high tops next to the bar so u face each other not the bar tender who has to come around and serve u from the other side of the bar. Because that’s “science.” SMH

    • Matt10
      9:32 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Zoupman, the exact same thing hit me when I turned the game on. It’s like they’re allowing sports to be played just to reinforce the con, not realizing how ridiculous they look and how it wakes up more people.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:14 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      It is absolutely stupid, even on the football field, it’s ok to tackle get into piles of players but when you go to the sidelines, locker rooms and buses or anywhere but the in the game you better be wearing a mask. How can people not see this?

  4. Blue Bill
    9:44 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    My wife doesn’t watch basketball, knows zero about it. But walked in the room and said the exact same thing about them spaced on the bench, then sweating and panting on each other in the game. Ha.

  5. Gogh Big Bleu
    10:08 pm November 25, 2020 Permalink

    I’m a physician, and this bench spacing is completely illogical.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:15 am November 26, 2020 Permalink

      Just like wearing masks….

    • dcforuk
      3:22 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      There’s perception and reality and they don’t always reconcile and agree.

  6. CJKAssassin123
    7:39 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

    SOCIALISM IN AMERICA!!! I CAN NOT WAIT!!!, No that is not sarcasm I one hundred percent support Socialism! I’m So glad that racist Sex offender Trump is going to be out of office in Jan!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:37 pm November 26, 2020 Permalink

      I have no idea why you posted that here, but tell us, was Kamala lying before when she said Biden IS a racist, or is she lying now when she says he ISN’T a racist?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:16 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      And I hope you still 100% support socialism when there bread lines and no jobs. I won’t bother posting all the video of Biden putting his paws all over women and little girls and sniffing them.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:17 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      When there are…

  7. Lee Durham Stone
    4:20 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Chris G: At the June 27, 2019, Democratic debate, Kamala Harris did not call Joe Biden a racist. Instead, she said: “I’m going to now direct this to Vice President Biden. I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.”

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:17 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Spin it however you like. She verbalized the WORDS “I don’t think you’re a racist”, and then proceeded to call him a racist.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:21 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      And then in the video linked above she excused it by cackling like a chicken and saying “IT WAS A DUH-BAAAAATE!!!” several times. She has no credibility on race, none. And nothing else she says can be taken credibly since, after all, “IT WAS A DUH-BAAAAATE!!!”

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:08 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Incidentally, that cackle is what she does anytime she’s asked a questions that she wants to deflect. There are compilations on YouTube.

  8. WILDCATS1968
    11:11 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

    What was funny, they had the benches spaced, but when a timeout was called they all run over to the chairs on the side and about 15 people would all gather around, no mask, and literally in each others face they where so close. It was / is stupid with the mask and spacing, only to get together during timeouts and “huddle”.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:19 am November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, inconsistency is rampant, mostly when you look at the tyrants who break their own edicts from on high. The Denver mayor is the latest in a long line.