There is plenty of blame to go around for last night’s loss. From start to finish, Kentucky played horribly, allowing Alabama to score at will and doing little to close the gap. Even though he was the Cats’ only form of offense at times, Devin Askew stepped up and took responsibility for the loss, Kentucky’s seventh of the season.
“I wouldn’t say that,” the freshman point guard said when asked if Kentucky was full of itself after the win over Florida. “I take a lot of this game on me. I put the game on me. I didn’t show up to play today to the best of my ability. I let my team down and I put this one on me. We just gotta come to play including myself. My mind set wasn’t that. It just didn’t click for us today and that’s on me. That’s on me.”
Askew finished second on the team in scoring with 12 points off 4-9 from the floor, 3-3 from the free throw line. He and Davion Mintz combined for only three assists to four turnovers, a telling sign of Kentucky’s woes. Nothing was working on offense. During his postgame remarks, John Calipari lamented that his guards didn’t feed Olivier Sarr in the post enough, and when they did attempt threes, just couldn’t connect.
“We had a chance to go inside and post the ball and play, now put that game to where it was nine or 10. We couldn’t deliver the ball. When we did, we scored in there, did some good stuff. Again, we had a lot of one-for-fours, one-for-fives. Dontaie (Allen) was two-for-five. Four-for-18 from the three means, yeah, maybe you’re not a 3-point shooting team, but that’s ok.”
A win over Alabama would have given Kentucky its second Quad 1 win of the season — big for the resume — and continued the momentum from the past few weeks. Instead, the Cats got embarrassed. Despite all the struggles, Askew still believes this team can turn it around.
“We’re gonna get back into the gym and keep working to get better,” he vowed. “This is not where our story ends. We have a long journey, and this is still part of the beginning so we’re gonna keep moving and keep moving forward after this one.”