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Calipari: Ashton Hagans “didn’t play well at all” vs. LSU

Coming into tonight, the marquee matchup was Ashton Hagans vs. Tremont Waters. Hagans was hampered by foul trouble in the first half, but in the second, struggled against the LSU sophomore, finishing with only four points and one assist to Waters’ 15 points and five assists.

When asked his team needed to do down the stretch, Calipari couldn’t help but mention Ashton’s poor play.

“You can’t, you know, it’s — if you think you’re going to win the game down the stretch like this as a team, I mean, Ashton didn’t play well today. Didn’t play well at all.

With Hagans in foul trouble in the first half and struggling in the second, Immanuel Quickley provided valuable minutes on defense. Quickley had some issues on offense, but all in all, was more effective vs. Waters.

“I thought Immanuel played well. Really guarded and did a pretty good job, but 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.”

If we’re going to do this, we need you, Ashton.

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29 Comments for Calipari: Ashton Hagans “didn’t play well at all” vs. LSU



  1. humboldt24
    10:04 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    The whole second half, he was by far the guy I was most frustrated with.

    Defensively, he was getting beat and not being the same disruptive force he was earlier in the year.

    Offensively, we keep putting him in pick and rolls, and his man sags off 8 feet and goes under the rim and completely clogs everything up. Since Hagans is comfortable shooting the 3, it just makes our offense stagnant. We should be running that pick and roll with Keldon or Herro instead so we force the defense to make a choice whether to go over or under it.



    • syrin23
      10:36 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Our shot selection the second half was terrible. Keldon missed some big FT’s. Quickley’s, Keldon’s and Hagans’ shots were just awful. I don’t understand how Tyler misses so many WIDE OPEN mid range jump shots. He should hit those at a rate of 90+%.



    • makeitstop
      10:48 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Yea what happened to positionless basketball? When Herro does entry passes they have to respect him so they can’t sag and deny, and in pick and roll either herro or KJ can make put more pressure on them… both actually can “slash” on the angles and drive or pull up. Not sure why we don’t do that more.



  2. LilBigBird
    10:04 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Immanuel should have gotten more minutes. He guarded Waters well and forced Waters to defend him on the 3pt line. When Ashton was in he was dared to shoot it. I’m sure Ashton will bounce back.



  3. BBNDan7
    10:11 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    We’re fine. Beat Tennessee and this is irrelevant



    • Ridge Runner
      10:15 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Didn’t see your comment before posting below. Yes sir.



    • BigolBlue
      12:03 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Typical blue tinter excusr



    • catsarerunnin
      7:11 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Typical UL troll BS. Your team blew a 23 point lead Slater. What’s your “excusr”?



    • bigbluenationmbb
      8:16 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      No it’s not ok because we were playing for a one seed we have to beat Tennessee 3 times more than likely and than win the sec tourney if not say hi to duke and Michigan in the tourney



  4. KYCat4EVER
    10:11 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    GREAT learning moment tonight for Ashton… and it’s gonna be telling how he responds on Saturday… very important game for him… our team… and this year



    • Ridge Runner
      10:21 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Another good point here. How he responds will be huge.



  5. Ridge Runner
    10:14 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, Hagans was out of it. But team wise he’s not alone and although we expect more from him… I have still yet to see the 3pt hype Baker will / can give and of course there’s Nick.

    If we take care of Vols Saturday, this might be a rankings afterthought.



    • syrin23
      10:40 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      No kidding. The guy is a lights out shooter shooting 28% from the 3 point line.



  6. CahillsCrossingNT
    10:15 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    If Kentucky is able to beat Tennessee once, then I don’t want a rubber match in the SEC Tournament. I do, however, want them to get another shot at LSU. I wanted the same after two losses to Tennessee last year.



  7. RealCatsFan
    10:31 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky needs another reliable scoring option other than PJ. Herro and Johnson need to step up.



    • trumpetguy
      11:08 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      RCF,haven’t read below this line, and Cal didn’t mention it with Leach on the post-game show, so I would like to know if Cal called for that 3 by Herro during that TO, when we were only down two, with plenty of time left?



  8. RealCatsFan
    10:32 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Louisville up by TWENTY on dook. I guess that 400 year old vampire doesn’t know how to coach. They should fire him, right BoB?



    • J-Dub421
      11:29 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Louisville choked and lost.



  9. cats646
    10:32 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    It seems like when baker gets in the game if he hits his first shot, then he’s money for the rest of them. But if he misses, for some reason he completely forgets how to use his hands and doesn’t make one the whole game?!



    • RealCatsFan
      10:39 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      That happens with a lot of players. Especially inexperienced ones.



    • Ridge Runner
      10:45 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      For me, I m going really by all the Baker great practice reports from SGA and others.. so, I understand obviously the difference between game time & practice… but still, I can’t wait to see him put one or two in a game that matters for us. Hopefully soon.



    • makeitstop
      10:51 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

      Cameron Mills. If he just becomes Cameron Mills I’m good w that.



  10. truetotheblue
    10:48 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Well said guys! Ashton wasn’t himself at all tonight but he very young and is due a game like this.like all y’all said it’s how he bounces back.we are just a streaky 3point shooting team of one is hammering down then rest of team is.I just think with our point guards not the shooters we wish they were they would drive the ball more and they are for sure fast enough to get in inside and we got the bigs that are good at cleaning up around basket.i think we would fair better then just throwing up all them 3’s.



  11. Miller45
    11:25 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully we will get another shot at them in Nashville this march



  12. jcolind
    11:25 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Biggest problem I have with Cal is his reluctance to leave a player in the first half after a second foul. Hagans should never left the locker room!



  13. Underdog
    11:38 pm February 12, 2019 Permalink

    Why not play a zone the last minute or two or the last play?

    They drove at will.

    Seemed like the Duke game all over. No f-ing guts. If you can’t stay in front of your man the defense doesn’t work. Everything starts with guarding your man and staying in front of him. Geez.



    • sp
      7:23 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Because they don’t know how. They don’t practice to play zone or to play against zone. It’s why our offense struggles against zones too. They don’t practice against it. They just pair up and play man on man in practice.



  14. BigolBlue
    12:02 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Hasnt played well in a while



  15. No more excuses cal
    2:33 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    And everyone thought this team had turned the corner yeah right. Won’t make it past the second round ncaa tournament we have become nothing more than just a bunch of prentenders