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Don’t Forget About Basketball:’s Takeaways from Practice for the Big Blue Bahamas


Kentucky Football Media Day has the BBN ready for football.  I’m geeked out of my mind right now, but before we blow the site up with reports on the football team, Eric Lindsey of has listed his 10 Takeaways after two weeks of practice in preparation for the Bahamas.

If Matt’s observations didn’t fire you up (first you should check your pulse), here’s a little breakdown from someone who has seen more of the 2014-15 Cats than anyone else.

1. This team plays hard. 

Effort was hardly a question this week in practice — and that’s not to say that it has been in the past. But whether it’s because there are a lot of players vying for a limited number of spots or a collection of players that understands what is expected of it, this group has been going particularly hard in practice for this time of the season.

3.  Ulis is so much fun to watch. 

Ulis will be a fan favorite. He is just so fun to watch. I’m starting to believe that his size is almost an advantage….. I don’t know if his size in relation to his competition allows him to see angles that others can’t, but he just always seems to put the ball in spaces where others can’t see daylight. 

4.  Alex Poythress is a work in progress at the 3. 

Alex Poythress has shown flashes of dominance in practice over the last two weeks. There are times when he turns it on and takes over the paint, none of which should surprise us since we’ve seen signs of it in his first two years. The difference now is the flashes are happening more consistently. The catch: They are happening all primarily as a low-post player. 

9.  Towns is ready to make an immediate impact.

Towns is way better than what we saw in high school and with the Dominican Republic national team. It was obvious, from watching Towns during his time with the Dominican Republic, that he was a skilled big man who could create and make his own shot, but I wondered how long it would take him to mold his body at the collegiate level and match up with some of the more physical players in Division I. I don’t have any questions about him now. 

10.  This is the Harrison Twins’ team. 

I have a pretty strong belief that this team will only go as far as the Harrison twins can take it.  They’re leaner, quicker, more vocal, more comfortable and playing like leaders. I’m not saying either one will necessarily be the star or go-to player of this team — I’m not sure this group will have one because of all the options — but I do think it is their team from a leadership standpoint.

Check out the full report here, you won’t be disappointed.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Don’t Forget About Basketball:’s Takeaways from Practice for the Big Blue Bahamas

  1. Luther
    2:57 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    40 – 0 Baby!

    • UKBlue1!
      4:09 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink


  2. jeff j
    3:10 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    dont worry we wont

  3. bbn#1
    3:20 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    From what I’ve heard about the pick up games ulis’s team always wins because of ball movement and the pesty defense he plays… I also heard that the whole cal not having to coach effort was very true, that in practice we have players diving and eveeything… Man I’m excited

  4. Colbert
    3:29 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    We won’t forget basketball!!
    We want to forget football…

  5. gordonm
    4:02 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    Abnormal seismic readings coming from BBN predicted for Aug 10, 2014 around 1pm EDT and continuing about the same time for days.

  6. UKBlue1!
    4:11 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    I’m fired up……this is going to be great.

    • Luther
      5:46 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink


  7. UKkathy
    5:48 pm August 8, 2014 Permalink

    I am sooooooooooo fired up for basketball this season (well, as usual). The Bahamas trip should be a blast for the guys and I know they will do well. I’m trying my best not to think 40-0; but . . .!

    In the same vein, I am so rooting for the football team. Stoops and the other coaches have done a bang-up job in recruiting and this year we should see improvement for sure. I predict 4 (at least) and with a few breaks 5-6 wins this season. GO CATS!