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First Round Win is a Learning Experience for Kentucky

Kentucky almost ran Davidson off the court in the first half.  UK got whatever they wanted near the rim and contested every shot on defense.   The second half was a completely different story.

“If you come out and play the way they did in the second half, our season is over,” John Calipari said after the game.

Even though much of the attention will be on the Cats’ inability to knock down a three-pointer, their struggles started on defense.

“The second half we didn’t guard.  We just kind of laid low.  We exchanged baskets,” Cal said. “We became undisciplined.  There was a stretch where guys just did what they wanted to do…I don’t know if they were tired, or so anxious the first 20 minutes that it tired ’em out.”

Regardless of the problem, Calipari is optimistic his team can turn the second half slump into a learning experience.

“We’re learning from game to game now.   Everyone of these experiences is new,” he said.  “You’re gonna have to play a more well-rounded game.  You can’t have a bad three minutes or you’re down 12.”

Kentucky is running out of time to make missteps.  The freshmen can no longer play like freshmen.  Kevin Knox knows it’s now or never.

“We’ve gotta mature some day, and this is the time to mature.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

19 Comments for First Round Win is a Learning Experience for Kentucky

  1. Han
    10:00 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Diallo and PJ looked like the only guys who cared at times in that game. Gonna need a lot more effort Saturday.

  2. Han
    10:05 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Georgia did it. They went and hired Crean.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:16 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      Crean … the gift that keeps on giving.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:43 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      I love that hire. They will be good enough to make it interesting and help our strength of schedule, but fun to beat on the regular.

  3. runningunnin.454
    10:08 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    First thing to learn is to disregard the dimwit national sportswriters telling you how good you are, and how you’re a lottery pick.
    There’s not one player for Davidson that will ever get in an NBA game…unless they buy a ticket.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    10:16 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Why will all the attention be on not hitting a three? We only shot 6, didn’t we? The team did the right thing and took it inside. Good on them.

    • Han
      10:18 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      Only shooting 6 of them also means Davidson was able to collapse on our drives. Gotta hit the deep ones to keep em honest.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:25 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      Would have been nice to hit a couple, but this wasn’t the game to jack up a lot of threes. We beat them inside.

  5. ricko52
    10:16 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Can we not teach them to follow their own shot and crash the board when some else shoot and will somebody draw up an inbounds play! Jones has ruined this app with ads.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      10:18 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      The actual adds, the constant plugging of other sites (that are obviously paying for these plugs), or the “guest blurbs” that never allow comments and appear a version of advertisement?

    • Han
      10:20 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

      What, you mean KCTCS isn’t related to Kentucky sports?

  6. Smyrna_Cat
    10:24 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Our team, now, is who we thought they were. They made mistakes, at times didn’t play good D, made some silly fouls and turnovers, and looked very immature at times. At other times, they played well as a team, fought and scraped, showed their athletic skills, and made the right plays. They won. I like my team.

  7. gasman01
    10:32 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Buffalo hanging in there thus far!!

  8. TheBIGGeez
    10:41 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink


  9. BBN_strive_4_9
    10:43 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    Arizona looks terrible

  10. oruacat2
    11:44 pm March 15, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t care about rankings, seeds, or streaks – that first game, no matter the opponent, is always the most-nerve-wracking.

    Good win, ‘Cats.

  11. makeitstop
    9:09 am March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Diallo playing D, PJ being aggressive and SKJ asserting himself over rim and fighting for boards is the most encouraging thing from this game. Troubling is Wenyan kind of disappeared – looked lost again and we still get beat on offensive glass by smaller teams. THAT has to stop. We need to extend plays and keep them from run outs on us and we can do that by making those buffalo guards hit the glass not leaking out. With JV this would’ve been easier but we got what we got, we need to outrebound them on BOTH ends.