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Avery Johnson knows Kentucky didn’t play its best basketball tonight

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Like many of us, Avery Johnson believed his team had a very good chance to upset the Cats this afternoon. Unfortunately, his team didn’t.

“I thought this was going to be a very winnable game,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great first half, dug ourselves a hole, didn’t have great body language, played on our heels. We were a little fearful for some reason in the first half. We gave them too much respect.”

Later on, Johnson said his players weren’t exactly scared of Kentucky, but they just couldn’t process the game plan. That’s a shame, because Johnson said Kentucky was far from its best today.

“I thought when I was looking at Kentucky, and I’ve got a lot of respect for them, just like all the teams in our league, I was thinking in my mind, I was like, wow, this is the night to beat them. This is a great afternoon to beat them. They weren’t clicking on all cylinders, it’s not like in the first half they were playing lights out basketball and they were shooting a low percentage. I thought we held them to 65-60 points, we could very well win this game. But our first half was just pathetic.”

Even though Kentucky showed more hustle in this game than the last five combined, Johnson maintains that the Kentucky’s better than the team that beat his by nine.

“I just think in terms of matchup, that’s a really talented team, now. After this year, we all know it, there’s no real secret, a couple of those guys are going to hear their name called. I know we’re not supposed to say that because we’re in college, but they have a system of one-and-done and two-and-done players. So, a lot of those guys are going to get their name called. When I saw the way they were performing in the first half, I was thinking, wow, this really could be our day. I didn’t see them as sharp as they have been other games throughout the year and based on a nine-point lead at halftime, I was thinking, hey, go and make a couple of adjustments, let’s come out and execute, but we came out, threw the ball all over the gym, didn’t make our free throws, and then finally, somewhere under 10 minutes, we got a couple of stops but we never could have anything sustainable. I just thought, watching them, they didn’t play their best basketball, and if they did, probably would have won by more than nine points.”

With a big recruiting class on the way in, it’s only a matter of time before Avery and his team get a statement win. Thankfully, it wasn’t today.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for Avery Johnson knows Kentucky didn’t play its best basketball tonight



  1. Skeps
    7:07 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    This may have already been addressed but did anyone hear Briscoe call Norris a “f****** white boy?” Cements his legacy as most unliked player Kentucky has ever had to me.



    • Booby Petrino
      9:07 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      Lol is that supposed to be an insult? Last i checked, white boys have it pretty good.



    • poppycat
      9:26 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe, you should ask Willis or Hump.



    • Booby Petrino
      10:05 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      I’d be happy to ask them if they care to be called white boys. Pretty sure I already know the answer.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:12 am February 12, 2017 Permalink

      Four double-doubles and a triple-double this season…he can talk trash if he wants to.



  2. maximumscott
    7:41 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe=Allen



  3. jim tom
    7:50 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    So what



  4. Rixter
    7:52 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Cal, after a loss: “this is on me.. these are 18 yr old kids”

    AJ, after a loss: “they couldn’t process the game plan. Now, how do you get this damn thing into reverse?” beep beep beep……



  5. UKfanman01
    8:10 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    There are only 2 players in the Cal Era that I haven’t liked. Terrance Jones and Isaiah Briscoe. Both of them are punks. They have the same type of attitude. Jones went on to stomp on homeless people. Briscoe just pulls the race card. Real real classy



    • runningunnin.454
      12:13 am February 12, 2017 Permalink

      I’ll tell them you said that….and they’re going to be devastated.



  6. jim tom
    8:12 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Give it a break



  7. hensley79
    8:47 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe only thinks he is good.. He is a below average player who needs a lot work to make it in the NBA!!!



  8. jim tom
    8:57 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Big bored. Care to comment from your mothers basement ?



  9. Booby Petrino
    9:09 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    All i hear is wah wah wah. Without Briscoe we would suck.



  10. jim tom
    9:12 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Big bored ? Oh big bored ? How about some game analysis ?



  11. maximumscott
    9:23 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Support the team. Final Four bound. I bet they turn it around and all of you are sitting there with your thumbs up your arse looking for your UK gear.



  12. jim tom
    9:51 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Yo big bored. U want my gps coordinates?