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Eamonn Brennan sums up why UK’s lineups don’t matter right now

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Darrell Bird |

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Because there’s nothing else to dissect, the Calipari haters in the world have pounced on the Andrew vs. Tyler storyline in the wake of the Louisville game, creating unnecessary clutter for clicks. As Cal predicted before the season began, the national media has been pitting the platoons against each other and questioning why Cal wouldn’t just start the best five guys on the floor instead of insisting on 20 minutes for nine guys. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan finally got the answer today: UK’s so good this season Cal can play whichever lineups he wants and they’ll still win.

For now, Kentucky is so much better than the rest of its regular-season opponents that it can afford to keep the Harrison twins happy and heavily involved, even if it means ignoring what might be an “ideal” lineup. There is no opportunity cost there. A slight boost in offensive efficiency is worthless when your defense is impenetrable. “Crunch time” doesn’t exist when you’re blowing everybody out.

Brennan predicts that Cal will stick with the “platoons” for the rest of the regular season and only shift back to playing the best overall lineup when he has to late in the tournament. Sounds about right to me.

[ESPN: Sorry, but Kentucky’s lineups don’t matter]

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7 Comments for Eamonn Brennan sums up why UK’s lineups don’t matter right now

  1. Ridge Runner
    6:43 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Very true perspective…

  2. Willy
    6:59 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Doesn’t seem the BBN fan base needs to worry about what the rotation will be, just sit back & enjoy this team & let Cal do what Cal does, win & watch the backs of the players. Everyone should have a great season that way.

  3. jeffj
    7:12 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Cal don’t start the “best five guys ” because there’s not any 5 best guys. its called a team for a reason. “5 guys a team does not make. and we got a good “team” bring it on. GO CATS !!!

  4. Jud
    7:44 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    This is so stupid. Cal will do what he has done. He leaves the platoons when he needs to do so. As he has demonstrated multiple times. Willie is the anchor and plays the most, go figure. There is nothing to complain about or be confused by.

  5. tkat
    8:05 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew many times IS THE best option. Sometimes Tyler is the best option. Both playing makes other teams have to plan for two different styles, which is impossible, because teams just don’t have the personnel to handle. #BBN is not worried, so media will have zero success creating any division between fans. GO #BBN

  6. catgut
    8:07 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Go Cats!! Remember the 100 lb Jacket…Keep on keeping’ on…

  7. Leuther
    9:12 pm December 29, 2014 Permalink

    Nice article. Thanks for the link Mts TT!