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Five preseason basketball questions


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With the college basketball season right around the corner, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports has five questions about this Kentucky basketball team.

How good is Skal Labissiere?

“Good enough to be the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Good enough to be a first-team All-American as a freshman and lead Kentucky back to the Final Four.”

Is less going to be more?

“Calipari was forced to mix and match lineups last year in an effort to keep players happy due to Kentucky’s overwhelming depth and that made it hard to always put the Wildcats’ best lineups out on the floor.”

Can Tyler Ullis go from table-setter to scorer?

“The 5-9 floor general did a tremendous job of taking care of the ball last season as a freshman and only averaged one turnover every 23.2 minutes. But he’s got to be more aggressive as a scorer this year as a sophomore and it remains to be seen if Ulis can do that on a consistent basis.”

Will Alex Poythress regain his from he shadowed during the summer of 2014?

“The biggest thing that people forgot about last year when Kentucky was 38-0 before falling in the Final Four to Wisconsin was that Poythress was the Wildcats’ best player during a summer trip to the Bahamas prior to last season.”

Who’s the player that could be a factor that nobody’s talking about?

“Charles Matthews. The 6-6 freshman didn’t arrive in Lexington with the same level of hype as Labissiere, Briscoe, or Murray, but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of having a major impact.”

You can read the full preseason report here.


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

8 Comments for Five preseason basketball questions

  1. Chris
    11:11 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

    “Will Alex Poythress regain his from he shadowed during the summer of 2014?”


    • Suffering Fools
      11:13 am October 25, 2015 Permalink

      The article has been corrected to “regain the form he showed” now.

  2. bassackwards
    12:18 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Who is Kindsey Bernhard? Did he/she not see Ules 3 point % last year? If they take away his good open shots and keep him out lane for short jumpers and he scores only from the free throw line, they still can win it all. A lot of good shooters and dunkers are going to score a lot of points.

  3. Jus sayin
    12:51 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Remember when people were mad that we got Charles Mathews instead of Luke Kennard and how Kennard went to Duke because he didn’t want to be stuck behind 1 and dones? What a difference a year makes.

  4. Marcus Johnson
    1:22 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

    Tyler doesn’t need to score any more than he did last year, but he will, because he will be playing more minutes. I did like the article’s mention of the fact that we lost the Final Four game because Cal refused to play the best 5.
    Tyler was statistically superior to Andrew in every category: much higher offensive rating (2nd only to Karl), much higher 3-point shooting %, better assist rate, better assist to turnover ratio, better steal %, better 2-point shooting, better free throw shooting. Tyler even committed fewer fouls and had a higher offensive rebounding %. So who got 17 minutes in the Wisconsin game, and who got 31? That’s right: Cal played the weaker player twice as many minutes (31 to 17) and we lose the game. Tyler, by the way, was 2-3 from three in that game, and had two steals and an assist in those meager minutes.
    Here’s another one for you folks who think Cal poops ice cream: Marcus Lee was Kentucky’s BEST two-point shooter for the past two years, and his offensive rebounding percentage (always better than Willie’s) was second on the team to only Karl (#1 draft pick) at 14.2 to 14.0. In fact, Karl was 25th in the nation in that category, and Marcus was 26th (minimum of 25% minutes played). Willie was not even in the top 200.
    So who played 33 minutes in the title game, got ZERO offensive rebounds (in a game in which we were out rebounded by 12), and scored a grand total of 2 points on 1 of 4 shooting? That’s right: Willie. Marcus played 4 and a half minutes, and we lost the game.
    Sometimes this isn’t rocket science.

    has alway been above Willie’s: it was

    • Blue Lagoon
      1:33 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      You are absolutely correct, sir, and I think at this point we all know it. And don’t forget that Dakari played only nine minutes in that game too, while Willie stunk the place up, and Wisconsin’s bigs rebounded and scored at will. Cal recruits well, but his players before wins approach cost us that national championship. He admitted as much two weeks ago when apologizing for his loyalty to the twins whom he was desperately trying to get drafted. But ya gotta take his cons with his pros.

    • Blue monster
      3:31 pm October 25, 2015 Permalink

      What you say is statistically correct; however, who was it that led UK past the same Wisconsin team the prior year? That is right, the twins did. Also, Willie was our best option, defensively, to guard Kaminski. It wasn’t Willie that killed us, it was a refusal to abandon that switching man defense that kept resulting in Willie guarding a small, and leaving our small a trying to cover Kaminski. Still, the difference in the game vs. the 2014 game was that we needed Poythress’s defense and rebounding. If UK has a healthy Poythress they win it going away. Then again, if a frog had wings…

    • lol
      12:47 pm October 26, 2015 Permalink

      Armchair expert…fool