In the last four games, Kentucky’s lone win was an overtime squeaker at home against Georgia. In the middle of a January funk, John Calipari will debut a “reboot.” Fans will be anxious to see what the ambiguous term actually means. We probably won’t be able to see specifically what it is, but there are four things fans would like to see that have been absent during this spell.
1. A Sense of Urgency
A lot of words have been used to describe the feeling surrounding the team. People have questioned the team’s toughness, their heart and will to win. “Sense of urgency” might be the most appropriate term. Playing with their pants on fire doesn’t require them to play fast (even though that would be nice). Fans want to see players diving for lose balls, fighting for rebounds and yearning to win. It’s difficult to describe this intangible, but if there’s evidence of hustle and increased communication between the players, all parties can leave satisfied with a big win.
2. Rebound, Rebound, Rebound
Of all the embarrassing things from Saturday night’s game in Gainesville, Kentucky’s rebounding might be the most embarrassing. Florida had 25 more rebounds than Kentucky, just four more boards than UK’s total. That disappointing margin gave Florida ten more second chance points. Control of the glass tonight will give fans confidence in the Cats moving forward.
3. Ball Security
John Calipari lamented Kentucky’s turnover problem’s during yesterday’s press conference. “We were the low turnover team in the country three weeks ago. Now we’re 16, 17 a game.”
It’s not that bad, but close. Kentucky’s averaged 14.5 turnovers a game during the four-game stretch, almost three over their season average. The problem is compounded when you see the dwindling assist numbers. Not once during this four-game stretch have they had more assists than turnovers. The Cats must
return reboot (?) to their old ways of sharing and taking care of the basketball.
4. A Blowout
We’ve only seen flashes of fun over the last few weeks. A fun blowout is the medicine the BBN needs to get through the doldrums of conference play.