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Calipari wants the blame for Cats’ collapse, but it’s on everyone

When you woke up Tuesday morning, the University of Tennessee’s basketball program had only four wins in its history in Rupp Arena.

When you went to bed Tuesday night, that number had climbed to five all-time wins after the Vols upset the Cats on “Please Stand Up During The Last Eight Minutes” Night.

It was a crushing defeat for the Wildcats, who have now lost four of six conference games, and were swept by Tennessee for the first time since 1999.

So, what in the world happened?

Well, for starters, Tennessee is a tough and smart basketball team. Rick Barnes has done an outstanding job with them this season, a season in which they were picked to finish 13th in the league. But with less than a month to go, they’re currently in second place and riding a very impressive six-game win streak. Job well done by Barnes and his team.

Now that we’ve given credit to the opponent, let’s skip to what everyone is talking about: how Kentucky completely folded in the final minute.

Kentucky had no business losing that game in the end. No business. Exactly zero business losing that game in the end. After clawing back to grab ahold of the lead with a little over three minutes to go, things were looking up for the Cats and the win seemed imminent. The Rupp Arena crowd was standing and bringing the noise, just as Cal had asked, and the momentum was all on Kentucky’s side. It was going so well when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put his team up two with 90 seconds to go, and even better when Quade Green grabbed a Tennessee miss on the other end as the clock hit the one-minute mark.

But then things went way wrong. Gilgeous-Alexander turned the ball over to give Tennessee another opportunity, which they seized on a three-pointer of all things to steal the lead from UK’s hands. On Kentucky’s next possession, now down one and time ticking away, Gilgeous-Alexander turned it over again on the exact same play Kentucky screwed up the last trip down. Instead of setting up something to get the best look (if there is such thing as a best look), Nick Richards set a screen for Gilgeous-Alexander while everyone else stood around watching, only for Gilgeous-Alexander to drive into a crowded lane, again, where Tennessee was ready to swarm him.

The play call (or lack thereof) and execution were frustrating, but the fact John Calipari did not use a timeout in that situation is the story of the game. For a guy who talks so much about a young team who doesn’t know what they’re doing, he sure left them on an island out there, and he knows it.

“I should’ve called a timeout,” he said on his postgame radio show. “You know what? That’s on me. It’s not on these kids or what they did.”

“I dropped the ball today. This was on me. Don’t be mad at any of these kids,” he added.

It’s very noble of Calipari to accept full responsibility for the loss, as any good coach should, but the players deserve the majority of the blame. Kevin Knox did not play well; P.J. Washington did not play well; and Hamidou Diallo played his worst game of the year, which is why he saw only 13 minutes of action. Nick Richards actually played decent, but he made a very costly mistake at the end by not fouling as soon as Gilgeous-Alexander turned the ball over, yet another example of this team’s lack of situational awareness.

As a group, Kentucky fell shy of the 10-assist mark for the third straight game, while recording twice as many turnovers (15) as assists (7). The three-point shot wasn’t falling once again (3-for-14), and it was the seventh game this season with a scoring drought of five minutes or more. The Cats are 0-7 in those games and 17-0 in the others, when they don’t go five minutes without a bucket. Let’s face it: the offense is a real problem right now because the options are very limited.

So the loss sucked, but what’s next, you ask?

Kentucky goes to Texas A&M and then to Auburn for a brutal two-game road stretch. It’s important to steal one to steady the ship a little bit; otherwise they’ll come back home to play Alabama on a four-game losing skid and with a sub-500 league record. That’s not ideal. Of those two upcoming road tests, the next one, at A&M, is the most winnable of the two; the Auburn one is very unlikely.

Until then, take a deep breath because the sky hasn’t fallen yet, although it is getting pretty dark up there as March creeps closer.

The season will of course roll on, but there is no denying that blowing a two-point lead with 49 seconds to go and the ball in hand, to a program with four wins in Rupp Arena in its lifetime, is a tough pill to swallow.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

85 Comments for Calipari wants the blame for Cats’ collapse, but it’s on everyone

  1. Cmart0907
    11:03 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    Any Pick & Roll? High Screens? Offensive sets? Our poor shooting is blamed on coaches not putting these kids into position to get a easy basket.

    • syrin23
      12:05 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      But have you heard? Diallo has a 44″ vertical. Cue some highlights. Teams win with great verticals, not an ability to hit open threes. Shai was LAZY and careless as hell with the ball that last minute. That first turnover he practically handed them the ball. The second one was desperation.

    • henderblue
      6:49 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      This is not Shai you idiot. It’s Cal. Everyone else was standing around. The kid’s trying to make a play. You need to stand down

    • sonnyg333
      8:41 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Shai, Wenyen, Jarred are the only players that move and play hard every game. Knox does more watching than anything else. I counted three lay ups by players Knox was covering. This kid can’t guard an empty shoe. Diallo nick name should be “chaser” as he has yet to catch up to anyone he guards..
      The NBA will get a real winner with Knox and Diallo.
      Shai,Wenyen,Jarred,Green should be in the starting line-up, but then again that would get in the way of getting Knox and Diallo to the NBA.

    • UKsuperdave
      9:03 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Agree with Cmart0907. They either run a weave or spread the floor and one guy tries to drive to the basket.

  2. Catscats23
    11:17 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    The player on the team are just not that good at basketball. Yeah they are athletic and can do things most people can’t but they just aren’t good at the game. Can they be? Yes. This year? No. They don’t have the dominating talent to win games like other players in the past. If they play together for 2 or 3 years they might be a great basketball team (if they add a shooter that is). It probably won’t happen but this could be a building year for a great team in the future off we get them to return.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      12:07 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      See, everyone? This is the kind of thoughtful criticism we should all aspire to.

    • DelrayCat
      12:20 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      They could have REALLY used Briscoe and Humphries.
      Both would have started and Briscoe would actually have been the distributor we need.
      So the question is….who gets run off this year that might have been a very good player by the time they are a junior?

    • henderblue
      6:51 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      True Delray. SKJ maybe?

    • syrin23
      12:46 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Cal keeps recruiting “athletes” which is sports terminology for “has no skill”. In basketball, it means they can’t shoot, pass, play D or rebound. In football it means he can run but can’t pass, catch or tackle. This team has “athletes” and very few people with actual basketball skill. People say Diallo is going pro? Who in the hell would draft him? Seen the NBA the past 5 years? Outside shooting and drives to the basket. He doesn’t do the first at ALL and is average at the second. Name a single team we played this year that didn’t have a guard better than Diallo. Are they all getting drafted too? Knox? Dude can’t shoot. Going 0-14 for three games then 3-3 in one game means you can’t shoot.

    • Skeps
      12:59 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Syrin23, glad you’re another one that underatands the importance of shooting. Now it’s all about verticals and attacking the rim. That won’t happen in college. They’re not going to let you in the lane. Need shooting to open everything up. Remember the days when fans put up those 3 signs during a game? That was fantastic and a blast to watch. I think now they put those dumb D signs for dunks.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:22 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      How many NCAA wins do all of you armchair coaches here at KSR have?? I’ll patiently wait while you go through each season to compile your totals…

    • katfan33
      7:44 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      What’s your problem, lady? Why do you have an issue with fans voicing their displeasure in a constructive way? What both said is absolutely true and well said. Are you one of those Trumpers? So if they don’t bow down they’re unamerican? So if someone criticizes the UK players or Cal they’re not UK fans? Psst.. Walk away. ?

    • Skeps
      7:46 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Catsarerunnin, winner of the most cliche and expected response. How many wins you have? None? Then don’t tell us were wrong because you have no experience.

  3. rockatao
    11:19 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been very critical of this team all year, but I thought they played a decent game tonight. The defense was much better; the offense is lacking. And can you believe they actually ran an out-of-bounds play? But of course, the refusal to play zone on the opponent’s out-of-bounds plays gave up a couple more easy baskets. Right now, we have two players – Shai and Quade, with no idea from game to game who else might be ready to play. PJ and Diallo are just lost; I hold my breath each time they touch the ball, waiting for the inevitable bad-pass turnover. Oh well, maybe next year, cause it ain’t happening this year.

    • syrin23
      12:48 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      That’s the sad thing, the defense is getting better. What’s also sad is this team has 50 guys with 7’+ wing spans and yet again got out rebounded. Can anyone justify PJ’s play time?

  4. runningunnin.454
    11:23 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    All the guys should come back next year; they’re just not ready for the NBA. Even Vitale knows that…LOL.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      11:30 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Cal will have to push some out to keep his ego of putting guys in the NBA in tact. Remember it is about the kids making money, not UK winning titles. We pay $6 million a year to be an NBA feeder team whether they are ready or not. Look how we celebrated beating a lowly Vandy team at home, acted like we won the super bowl, but hey maybe Vandy was our super bowl. Thought we are college basketball, thought we were the gold standard etc. I get it was better than losing vs Vandy but that act was sad.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:36 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Christ, what an asshole.

    • henderblue
      7:27 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^^what he said

    • njCat
      7:51 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Takes one to know one

    • UKsuperdave
      8:53 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Amen callitlikeiseeit! Can’t wait until I hear that one joke about how “Cal” has generated a billion dollars for the kids that went to the NBA. I love that one, laugh every time I hear it!

  5. Leander Wapshot
    11:23 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    It’s just hard to care about this team.

    • runningunnin.454
      11:25 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      So don’t. Cheer for a professional team…I hear the Warriors are good.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:48 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      I see you still on security watch runnin. Even you cant defend how terrible we are.

    • cats646
      12:21 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yea that’s just a dumb comment. If you are a UK fan and they have Kentucky across there chest then you should care

    • UKsuperdave
      8:55 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Lol, shouldn’t we all be NBA fans now anyways. I mean isn’t UK just a NBA D-league team.

  6. callitlikeiseeit
    11:26 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    Disagree, it is not on these kids, it is all on Cal. He put this team ogether with no experience and no shooting. Then he is not good enough at coaching them to get better, in fact they look just as lost today as they did game 1. Keep sending kids to the NBA and this is what we have, look 3 or 4 from this group will likely be shoved out so Cal can once again brag about how many draft picks he got. He has had Diallo 1.5 years and has done nothing to make him NBA ready, NOTHING. Same with coutless others over the years but all we hear is how great Cal is at putting players in the NBA. NO, he WAS great at recruiting NBA ready players, has not been last couple years and this is what we get. Now kids have seen it is not Cal, they can go anywhere and be the high pick and dUKe is getting the most because they also have a chance at a title there, unlike here. We will have a very slim chance next year as well.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:37 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Christ, what an asshole.

    • Blue Bill
      11:53 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Hey CallitlikeimBLIND, Callitlikeimanasshole, CallitlikeimaCARDFAN….. go to puke where they have a “chance at a title”??? Really?? We are a couple bounces away from 3 out the last 8 years (NC and Wisc.) How many final fours in the last 9 years????? NO ONE has been to more in that time frame!!!! We are having a rough, very RARE, down year and you want to bash Cal and the program?? Take your S H I T somewhere else and please stop embarrassing the rest of us at least half-sane fans. You are an unreasonable, not sane, old, crotchety, un-happy, depressing old fogey.

    • henderblue
      7:29 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you BlueBill

    • Catscats23
      11:57 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t want to but yes I believe everything you just said.

    • Blue Bill
      11:59 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      You want to recruit LESS talented players??? Yeah, great… let’s just bring Tubby back!! Who do you want for a coach?? Right now, today, WHO do you want instead of Cal?????????????? Hello, are you there???? I’m waiting? You CANNOT give me a coach that would be an upgrade!!

    • Miller45
      1:15 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      I, like any sane person, want the high talent, and hear all these outside comments like “any coach should win with all the players he gets.” I don’t completely buy that. people think anyone could step in and do well here would be way deep over their head and a lot of times a less talented roster is arguably an easier coaching job

    • BigBlueNationDude
      1:22 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Blue Bill still defends. Even if we are struggling so bad. He just wont admit anything

    • henderblue
      7:30 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you BlueBill

    • krautdog
      12:04 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      AMEN, AMEN, AMEN & AMEN!!!!!

    • Blue Bill
      11:59 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      Did I mention you are an idiot.?? Just checking.

    • henderblue
      7:31 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you BlueBill

    • Catscats23
      12:02 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think he was bashing Cal like that. Just telling the truth. NBA talent out of high school equals success. G-League talent, at best, takes several years to turn into a great college team but we don’t get several years. I wouldn’t trade Cal for anybody but we’re gonna have some tough years ahead with players realizing Kentucky isn’t the only 1 and done option

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      12:17 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t know that UK isn’t the only option anymore — other coaches were always recruiting these players, too– but I do think the platoon year hurt recruiting. Prospects (and their families) were worried about too many stars and lack of playing time.

    • jimmer
      7:39 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Hey Backrow – you broke your streak of saying the same thing. I miss it.

    • syrin23
      12:52 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, as usual, they kill the messenger. How many first round draft picks have we had? How many top five draft picks have we had? How many #1 picks? How many titles? Given the talent pouring through this program, we have far under performed. How many teams have we lost to in the tourney that have one or NO draft picks? So what is it? Cal under performs as a coach or our players do.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      7:19 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Blue Bill-numerous coaches would have 3 or 4 titles with the talent Cal has had here. Jay Wright, Jamie Dixon, Billy D, Izzo, K, Bennett, Barnes, Huggins Self and there are more. Maybe even guys like name escapes me at Xavier, Cincy and Butler. Look what that coach is doing at Ohio State, took over a bad team and has them playing great, that is coaching. Not just going out and getting the supposed best players every year, that is not coaching that is recruiting. And yes if we had Cal recruit and Tubby coach we would have how many titles.

  7. JohnnyCheeseSticks
    11:59 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    It’s on the team. They are selfish. Moreover, they suck. Of course, it could be worse. We could be like University-6 and lose 3 straight and just suck all around.

  8. Blue Bill
    12:00 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Oh it’s 11:59. Past your old ass bedtime??

    • Catscats23
      12:05 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Man you are salty as phuck. Chill bro it’s just a game. It’s gonna be ok I promise. You need a teddy bear to hug or what?

    • JohnnyCheeseSticks
      12:13 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      You are evidence that optimism will set well with realism.

    • JohnnyCheeseSticks
      12:15 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Do everyone a favor and go rub your mushroom stub in broken glass.

    • syrin23
      12:53 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Why does everyone assume this team even makes the tourney? Seen our schedule and our record? This is a double digit loss team. No way in hell this team makes it to the second weekend if they make the tourney. Maybe if Cal recruited players who had basketball skills instead of highlight reels dunking on high school kids half their size.

    • henderblue
      7:32 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Louisville fan no doubt

  9. Jiminy Crickets
    12:04 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    When are people going to realize Cal has been here 9 years and we have 5 seasons of 9 or more losses?? 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and soon to be 2018. We have had 3 really good teams and one really lucky (3 wins on last second shots). In his 9 years here.

    • Catscats23
      12:06 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      And that’s ok. A great team every 3 years? I’ll take it

    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:13 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      I didn’t say that it was bad. What I’m saying is that since Calipari has been here all of our teams have struggled throughout the entire year except for 2010, 12, 15. Sometimes it turns out terrible like 2013, sometimes great like 2014, sometimes it don’t like 2016.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      12:11 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      2011? You’re complaining about the final four team?

    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:20 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Who’s complaining? If you would read what I said, is that we have always struggled throughout the entire year, sometimes it works out in the end sometimes it doesn’t

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      12:24 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, my comment came before you clarified, if you look at the time. I understand what you’re saying now. But with the recent comments on here, you should reread your comment and see that it could be read as complaining. SO are you not including thee 2010 or the 2009 team in the really good group?

    • syrin23
      12:55 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      But what you highlight is we only won with overwhelming talent. Best player in a five year span in AD surrounded by elite shooters and other NBA players.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:56 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      What overwhelming talent? Yeah, AD was special; but, he didn’t put up numbers at UK like he has in the NBA. And who were the elite shooters and other NBA players? Terrence Jones is not in the NBA, neither are Marquis Teague nor Doron Lamb. Darius Miller is with the Pelicans; but, he played overseas for years, and MKG is struggling.

  10. Miller45
    1:04 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Are ya panicking now coach?

  11. KYJelly
    1:08 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    The key to this year has always been the same, the offense needs to run through Kevin Knox, not SGA. Shai has been great, but he is not near the versatile offensive weapon that Knox is. Knox has to be more aggressive and demand the ball, its,the only way our offense will get to a respectable level.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:59 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      The problem is that Kevin settles for 3 pt shots. He needs to move without the ball, catch and shoot.
      They don’t have to be threes; shoot more 10, 12, and 15 foot shots.

    • EdC
      8:32 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Agree on Knox. His comfort zone is spot up 3’s not even cutting to get open 3’s just standing there hoping there is a zone collapses AND somebody sees him and passes.

  12. Miller45
    1:57 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    there hasn’t been any continuity in things that have been strong from game to game

  13. Miller45
    1:59 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    there are people who won’t like this but I don’t think diallo deserves all the hate he is getting. people saying they hope he just gets pushed out of here to the NBA, I completely disagree, I want him back next year and am still pulling for him as I have all season

  14. BigBlueNationDude
    2:48 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Cals overpaid and overrated

    • JohnnyCheeseSticks
      8:08 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right. 5 SEC Championships, 4 Final Fours, 2 Runner Ups, and National Championship with a 266–60 (.816) record in under 10 years is overrated.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      1:04 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      1 title with 100 nba guys. Overrated

    • JohnnyCheeseSticks
      12:31 pm February 8, 2018 Permalink

      Actually he’s had 42. Not 100. Your exaggeration of so-called facts are worthless. Get bent.

  15. ScoggDog
    5:21 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think it matters if this group stays or goes pro.

    They don’t listen. I highly doubt Cal forgot everything he’s coached over the last twenty years. This bunch, for whatever reason, simply doesn’t listen. Cal’s recruited a few here and there with the same problem … but never an entire group.

    Does this modify how he recruits ? No idea. I’d suggest – and he doesn’t care – recruiting the best “coachable” talent out there – not necessarily the best pure talent.

    Then again – I don’t know if his recruiting strategy matters that much either. I get the feeling, just from listening to him, that barring a big change in the NCAA / NBA relationship, Cal’s not going to stay in College Basketball much longer anyway. I’m talking a handful of seasons at most.

  16. KYjellyRoll
    5:37 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Go cats. Beat A & M. I like my team…I don’t think they’ll win many more, but I like em!

  17. BallDontLie
    6:36 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Its really not rocket science. If we could make any open shots the assist numbers would be there. I don’t see a team that doesn’t pass. I see a team that doesn’t know when is the right time to pass, and a team that doesn’t make very many of the open shots that were led to by a pass.

  18. KYjellyRoll
    6:41 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Offense just seems to stand still. One guy dribbles, runs around the top of the key, drives and makes a pass. Only to lead to a contested 3

  19. Brad
    7:58 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    I hate all y’all negative people lol. Be a fan and quit crying and complaining about coach and players. Support. Fan is short for fanatic be fanatic about the team. You can be frustrated but calling for coach and criticizing 19 year olds is pathetic

  20. dhard
    8:04 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    As a fan, always hated to see the last game of the year, but not so much with this team. I will watch and support, but it is hard to watch the chaos.

    • drbigblue
      9:11 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Congrats first go to coach for finally installing an inbound play. Yes, they actually work! End of the game flat tire is all on the coach. He should have called a time out to set up a play. How predictable was it for Tennessee to know what they were going to do. Leaving it to his young guards to attack their defense. Watching this team is like watching our football team coming up ways to loose the big games:

  21. upandunder
    8:22 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    One guy dribbling and four guys watching. Geez, I sure hope Shai can turn the corner off the screen and lay it in or else we’re screwed. Calipari has no more of an offensive mind than Peter Pan. He better dump his assistants and swallow his pride and get some X and O help or he will be shown the door.

  22. gwhittle
    9:15 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    It’s time to just accept who this team is. They’re an average team this year who will be lucky to make the tournament. With the one and done rule, we are bound to have these seasons, and it’s okay. Cheer for the kids because they’re still good kids, but it’s time to just lower your expectations of them and realize they just aren’t a great team

  23. RC
    9:22 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Back to the subject of this post- YES, Calipari deserves the blame for last night’s inexcusable loss. Why didn’t he call a timeout? There is no defensible reason not to in that situation. None. I don’t care what happened at Vandy. Last night our “youngest team in history” desperately needed a capable game coach and Calipair ($8 million per year) let them down. He let all of us down.

    And frankly, I listened to his presser and he very quickly shifted gears away from his indefensible coaching blunder and back to his usual schtick. He should’ve said “It’s completely my fault, I lost this game and I’m devastated for my kids. I’ll answer more questions tomorrow. Good night.” I could respect that reaction. But I can’t respect how Cal utterly failed this program last night in Rupp Arena.

    Last thing- I’m sick and tired of the Rupp Crowd Bashing. It seemed plenty loud to me on TV. I was fortunate to be at the TX AM game and the crowd was great. This team is struggling because they’re not very good and our $8 million per year coach is failing them. But the Rupp Crowd has ZERO responsibility for this team’s performance. None.

  24. Headhurts
    9:55 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Rupp Arena try this, 1st 10 rows opposite of camera goes to students the other side goes to the rich, with all the jack KY makes from the SEC now I think we could afford it, if they don’t like it, tuff, they moved football tailgate fans.

  25. rainman
    10:03 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    On a brighter note, Cal has 342 TO’s saved up for wen he thinks he actually needs one!

  26. Willis talkin bout....
    10:13 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Cal preached it all pre-season . We play “Positionless” basketball. Point Guard(s) don’t look to pass first . Our 2 Guard(s) don’t shoot well enough to open the inside or pass well enough to feed the post. Our Forwards want to be Guards, and our Centers are never in a position to get the ball… So we rarely can or will feed the post. We don’t have Offensive sets based on what these kids can actually do. And the Defense. Man to Man has looked better but is far from good. Leads to them getting tired and fouling and can’t be helping the Offensive effort. This year, they don’t need “the best version of themselves” BS.. None are individually good enough to carry the team. They need the best TEAM situations and lineups. Actual Offensive plays for what they can do.. and Defense they can actually play. For this team.. that is ZONE with the occasional MtoM mixed in. Just my opinion…

  27. Bill3
    11:11 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    What fun comments. I thought puppies quit whining at 6 months. This is the same awful team that beat West Virginia. I will agree they have been really difficult to watch at times. Wait … Richards may have discovered he’s playing basketball. He’s finally getting involved, starting to play. Now that’s progress. We have come a long, long way on defense. I actually saw some good man to man defensive play. We weren’t getting embarrassed play after play after play. These guys, collectively, have further to go than past teams. I’m not going to throw myself or these kids in a hole and declare some kind of apocalypse for Kentucky basketball. You only fail when you give up, quit.

  28. jduty
    12:52 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    No the sky isn’t falling… it’s already fell

  29. luke_emberton
    3:58 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    teams gonna have a losing record in conference by next week if you’re being positive you’re holding onto hope that isn’t there it’s panic time in the Bluegrass this team has 0 identity and 0 elite players