Few players struggled more than Quade Green in the season-opening loss to Duke, which was why it was so encouraging to see him bounce back vs. Southern Illinois. The sophomore guard provided a much-needed spark for the Cats in the second half, finishing with 14 points and team-high three assists in 26 minutes.
“He’s played well,” John Calipari said of Quade today. “I’ll tell you, in practice, he’s been unbelievable. Really has been good.”
Calipari said Quade’s problem vs. Duke was one many Cats had: trying to do too much in the spotlight.
“I think he came in knowing he was on TV and went crazy, to be honest with you. Just shot every ball. He could have swung it and he looked at that dude and shot it with a guy on him. But let me say this: he wasn’t the only one. We had a bunch of guys that were like — and their team said, you can’t guard me and I’m coming right at you, and they were right. So, we drifted a little bit.”
Prediction: after coming off the bench the last two games, Quade starts tomorrow night alongside Immanuel Quickley.