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Don’t expect any changes to the starting lineup

Calipari hinted at maybe shaking up the starting five last week before Kentucky went down to Vanderbilt. He was asked if that’s still an option today and the answer was a big ol’ “no.”

“No, no. We’re fine,” Cal said at his pre-Tennessee press conference, when asked if he’ll toy with the starting rotation. “If I need to put a guy in, I’ll put him a minute into the game.”

Alex Poythress followed that up a little later by saying, “It really just matters who playing at the end of the game. It doesn’t matter who starts, it’s who finishes.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

22 Comments for Don’t expect any changes to the starting lineup

  1. Lester
    7:14 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    It matters a lot to the kids on the team and Cal knows it. Typical Cal BS…

  2. Lester
    7:19 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Drew, what is Cal’s coaching record since the national title game? I think he is coaching close to a .500 winning percentage, correct. Just wondering if we should continue listening to Cal…

    • Read
      8:51 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Cal’s record is 33-16 since the 2012 NC. He’s also been to an Elite 8 and 2 FF’s with a National Championship in his time at UK. You’re at a 100% clip at being a moron however

    • Shiela
      9:10 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Read: That’s .500 ball since the national title game, so you are the moron. Cal should talk less and fix the existing problems.

    • Lester and Shiela need elementary math
      9:38 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      49 games, 33 wins, 16 losses since the national title = 67% wins. Lester you and Shiela would make a perfect couple but please don’t procreate.

    • bigblue091812
      10:12 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Read, I do believe we have found a couple UNC grads, if they can’t read I’m sure simple math blows them away. 1+1=5 right?

  3. jeff j
    7:29 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    dont really need any changes . just play hard. beat em to the ground. volunteer ” musket” and all. stick it where the sun dont shine and it aint their elbow… DUH ? GO CATS ! ! !

    7:31 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Starting Lineup Needs to be:
    1 – Polson
    2 – Aaron Harrison
    3 – Young
    4 – Poythress
    5 – Randle

    6th man – Stein

    If the opponent has a guard/forward that is torching us then Stein plays more and chases on the perimeter

    As soon as Randle clogs things up with his 1 on 3 or 1 on 4 stuff he is out (Note: We beat Louisville w/o him, hung in the Ark game just fine when he was out, scored 4 quick points in OT w/o him) There is no I in TEAM.

    • Rei
      7:50 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      I’d rather Hawkins start than Polson. Defensive liabilities and all. Randle at the 5? That wouldn’t work either.

    • Just saying
      8:37 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Lol that is terrible lineup. A. If Polson was a viable starter he would have started last year. B. That line up has no shot blocking which is important especially with Polson who gets beat at will, starting.

      I’m sorry I know people hate Andrew Harrison but the kid can play just like every other PG we have had after Wall he (with the exception of Harrow) he will pull it together eventually we are not even half way through the season. This happens every year.

    • Real
      9:07 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      @ Just saying
      HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED LAST YEAR! You can’t be serious after we now know how the season went and you still don’t think he shouldn’t have started? And had he the season couldn’t have went any worse and he’d have a ton more experience in real game atmosphere. Just another glaring example of Cal not trusting anyone white or not NBA material. And many fans (you) just drinking the koolaid and questioning nothing.
      That being said there’s no way he starts over Andrew. Way too much potential in Andrew that wasn’t there last season with Harrow.

  5. Melvit
    8:04 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Poythress has earned a starting position over Randle, but Cal doesn’t want to hurt Randle’s stock in the draft. Cal’s already made it clear that that’s what is most important.

    • Real Cracka
      9:51 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      You’re kidding right? Randle AVERAGES a double-double. Poythress can’t score unless it’s a wide open dunk. He’s playing great and needs more minutes but no way he is even close to Randle.

  6. Trueblupopeye
    8:11 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Vanderbilt what Vanderbilt did I miss something? Come on Forest “stupid is as stupid does” Come on Drew

    • Read
      8:44 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Yes Vanderbilt. They went down south and played Vandy in Nashville. He didn’t mean we lost to Vandy.

  7. Melvit
    8:22 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    It really bothers me that it seems like Cal doesn’t let players earn playing time over players he hand picked at the beginning of the year. Cal is so concerned about player’s draft status than who has earned a starting spot.

  8. cats42301
    8:34 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Personally I don’t see any reason WCS should not control the tip in every game, but he isn’t. I think we need to do as we did earlier in the season and start Marcus Lee, which I believe would also help rectify our slow starts due to the energy he brings to the court.

    9:16 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew had a turrible game at Arkansas, if not for hitting the shot I would bet he would not be starting Sat………..Facebook and Twitter were lighting up all night……………..I would rather have Polson getting his team into the offense and getting beat on D some than Andrew not getting the Cats into the offensive slow and getting beat on D at least as mush as Polson does. How many times did we see #5 drive to the basket, get stopped and throw up some prayer and his arms to try to get a foul. Look I know he is a freshman but come on, just because he could get to the rim in high school does not mean he WILL in college

    He should be second in minutes on this team

    Besides wanting to not hurt Draft stock I think the biggest thing is Cal not wanting to hurt future recruiting

  10. Real
    9:23 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    No way you start him. The only 2 spots you could are Randle or Young. And no way that can happen. If Cal knew how to sub you wouldn’t have guys with 200 more minutes than Poythress. Minutes played > starting.

    • Moderated
      11:57 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Fans that make statements that clearly show they are completely ignorant about the game of basketball….their comments should be moderated and never posted.

      I believe Jarrod is a nice kid but he could not guard a chair !

    • Moderated
      11:58 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      Above reply was meant for UKELVIS.

  11. bigblue091812
    10:15 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    Another numbers thing that might throw Shiela and Lester, in his time at UK Cal has won more games than any coach in the top 6 conferences. WOW, he sucks.