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Dontaie Allen on the loss: “It was a butt-whooping”

We will write a lot of words about tonight’s 85-65 loss to Alabama, but Dontaie Allen only needed six in the postgame press conference.

“It was a butt-whooping, for sure,” Allen said. 

John Calipari used several more, but the message was essentially the same.

“Not one of our players played well. I obviously didn’t coach well but what I told them after was, ‘I’m going to find five guys that will fight and that’s who I’ll play.’ We got beat every which way but loose. We were late to everything. We were backing away from players, probably because they’re afraid to get beat on the dribble and look bad, so I’ll just back away and give them a three. And they shoot 30 and make 14. But give Alabama credit. They came in here and — you know. One of their players asked me at the end, ‘What’s the score? I said, ‘You know what it is, 85-65. You killed us.'”

Ouch. Calipari continued, bringing up how many times his players got beat to the basket, one of the most frustrating parts of tonight’s abysmal performance.

“We reverted. I’m not sure I’m even going to watch this tape, to be honest with you. Move on to the next one. And in this league, it’s not going to get easier. People were playing the way they are, which is face the court and beat people on the dribble. Let me ask you, do we have anybody that can stay in front of anybody? I don’t know. It didn’t look like it.”

Freshman guard Devin Askew was a lone bright spot on offense, finishing with 12 points off 4-9 from the floor, but refused to make excuses for the loss.

“We didn’t show up today. We didn’t execute that well and we didn’t play to the best of our ability. We are going to go back to practice and look at film and keep working to get better.’

With Keion Brooks back in the lineup, Calipari has had to redistribute minutes. After logging only six minutes vs. Florida, Lance Ware did not play tonight, a decision Calipari said he regrets in retrospect.

“I said after, ‘If I had to do it over again — because we didn’t fight and battle — I would’ve just put Lance in there. But again, did you expect us to play this way or anybody? Now you’re giving some guys a chance to play through it thinking they’ll wake up. Sometimes you look back and say, if I would’ve known you wouldn’t have woken up, I would’ve just played this guy. But that’s not how this goes. Lance has been great and like I said, I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident. You can’t play confident if you’re getting hit in the head. Now if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots instead of giving shots, you’re not going to be confident. We got kind of worked there a bit, pushed around, shoved around and you gotta fight back.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 Comments for Dontaie Allen on the loss: “It was a butt-whooping”

  1. just a guy
    12:54 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    BJ Boston played the most minutes, with the highest NEGATIVE. +\-. Yet calipari is looking for the 5 that will fight??

    Calipari offense is simple. The better athlete beats his guy off the dribble, the other 4 stand and spread the floor, then go try to rebound a miss. Problem here is not one player can beat anyone off the dribble. Calipari can’t change his offense to meet personnel, his offense has ALWAYS been this exact status. We just no longer have guys that can win individual match ups like we used to.

  2. just a guy
    1:01 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    He didn’t play aware because he didn’t expect us to play that way…. coach it’s called in game adjustments. When things don’t go like you planned, screaming “go” at a guy all night that’s plating awful doesn’t change anything,

    • just a guy
      1:01 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Ware not aware.

    • Urincatland
      3:43 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      And the screaming is embarrassing!!

    • JGo
      6:45 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Agree! Call more time outs and then yell but yelling the entire game? Come on man!!!! That’s not KY basketball. I prefer he just take em out like he used to instead of leaving them in and telling all the dam time. THAT IS NOT COACHING!

  3. Axel72
    3:26 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Not looking good folks, Florida appears to be an anomaly. Hate it for these kids, all of you please come back next year. None of them could play in the development league. Please when you do come back don’t kneel, it is not a statement it is disgraceful. Best of luck we love you but realize where your at in your progression it’s not NBA it’s barely above high school. Come back and maybe you can get to second contract.

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:20 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      They only beat Florida because Johnson was out. Alabama didn’t need to be at full strength either, and they humiliated Kentucky on its home floor.

    • mrknowitall1981
      12:18 am January 14, 2021 Permalink

      You must be from Knox county. For you idiots out there, they do not kneel to disrespect the flag or the military. It is for social injustice and if you don’t think there is social injustice, you are part of the problem.