Even Bill Self knows the key to Kentucky’s success this season is getting the ball to Bam Adebayo. On the Big 12 Teleconference, Self raved about Bam, whom he called “a monster.”
“He’s a monster. I think he’s continuing to get better and better, that’s what I meant. There are some other key things going on as well. Certainly, not allowing him to catch it at two or three [inaudible, phone broke up] because then he does such a good job of going over and through you to get to the basket,” Self said. “He’s continually scoring the ball more and it seems like to me the guys are throwing it to him more and they’re developing more of a low post presence offensively as the season progresses. Obviously, he’s a big key.”
Well, I think we’d all argue that the guards need to get Bam the ball more often, but it’s clear Self knows Kentucky’s game plan may revolve around Bam. Another big matchup will take place in the backcourt, where De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk will go up against Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason III, which Self billed as a showdown of youth vs. experience.
“With the two little guys out front — even though Fox and Monk aren’t exactly little — you’ve got going against Mason and Graham, you’ve got the prototypical experience vs. youth, and the youth is lottery pick talent, without question, that have shown that they can play at the very highest level and certainly played at a level that is better at certain days than anyone else in the country has played. And then you’ve got some guys on our side that are pretty consistent and tough and solid and have been through a lot of wars together. I think it makes for a great matchup. I think there’s other matchups that will be key, but certainly, most eyes will be on those four guys.”
Self said his team won’t be sleeping on Briscoe, either.
“Briscoe, I think sometimes doesn’t get the attention or notoriety he deserves. From the outside looking in, there’s been so much emphasis on Fox and Monk and deservedly so, but Briscoe, he’s a terrific guard that I know that opponents have played against him just know how good he is.”
Calipari’s comments from the SEC Teleconference are coming up soon…