Some quick, poorly-written thoughts while I eat a free cookie and wait on John Calipari to come out for his press conference…
The “This team will lose in the Sweet 16” crowd got shut up. We all know that person, the “this team won’t do anything in March” attitude. Malik Monk shut them up today. Monk proved that, when he is hot, Kentucky can and likely will beat anyone, anywhere. Of course that is asking a lot of Monk, but to definitively say Kentucky can’t make a run is stupid. Guards take over in the tournament every year and there’s no guard I’d rather have on my team than Monk. Now he still has to do it, but he showed us today that it’s ridiculous to completely rule out any hope for the Cats. Slap that person next time you see them.
Mychal Mulder let me down. As the conductor of the Mychal Mulder hype train, I was thrilled to see he got the nod as starter in De’Aaron Fox’s absence. This is when he proves he deserves it, I thought to myself.
Unfortunately, he did not capitalize on that opportunity. I do think he played a decent first half, considering he was in a matchup he never needs to be in with Robinson, and he played him well in the beginning. But the second half was bad, both offensively and defensively, and I’m left wishing it had been his coming out party. He may never get an opportunity like that to contribute.
Cal did say Mulder is getting better in his postgame comments, which is true. But I wish he had done a little more in his new role today.
Rupp Arena was rocking. Great environment in Lexington today and I think the noise played a big role in the Cats’ win. Great job by the Big Blue Nation in getting behind the team throughout the whole game, especially during the big runs that made the different.
Those were the three most incompetent officials I have ever seen at any level of basketball. The SEC is toying with us at this point. Those referees were sh**. I didn’t know it was possible to get worse than what we’ve seen, but those three guys were it. The conference has a real officiating problem on its hands that it needs to figure out in the offseason. Can’t wait to get to the NCAA tourney so these nobodies are out of our lives.
Bam turned the corner?
40 points and 30 rebounds in two games for the big fella.
Has he finally arrived?