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.