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If Travis misses any time, Montgomery and Richards are ready

Reid Travis’ future remains uncertain until he has an MRI on the knee sprain he suffered Tuesday night at Missouri. Hopefully we soon find out he’s fine and won’t miss any time. That would be awesome. But just in case, let’s say Kentucky has to go without him, what happens then? The obvious answer is E.J. Montgomery and Nick Richards have to step up.

Coach Cal is confident they will, if called upon. He said after the game, “We coach every kid like they’re a starter because of this reason.”

And if anybody has been telling Montgomery or Richards they should be playing more, “Well, OK, you’re going to play more,” Cal said.

Statistically, there won’t be a huge drop-off in the numbers. Per 40 minutes, Travis averages 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks; the duo of Montgomery and Richards averages 12.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks. That being said, we’d be completely naive to assume a Travis absence for any period of time won’t affect the team. Travis is the steady veteran that has been invaluable to Kentucky’s success against other elite big men, namely Grant Williams; and though Montgomery and Richards have had their moments, neither have proven they can battle like Travis, consistently.

But Kentucky is lucky in that its frontcourt depth is arguably the best in the country with two athletic big men with NBA potential sitting behind two of the best players in the SEC. If this were to happen to any other team, it would likely mean the end. For Kentucky, it’s just next man up. Let’s go.

Maybe it won’t come to this scenario, though, and Travis is back in action this Saturday against Auburn. That’s the news we hope to hear in the coming days.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for If Travis misses any time, Montgomery and Richards are ready

  1. Lexingtonyn
    2:02 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    They can’t duplicate the beast that Reid is. We can’t beat UT in Knoxville without Reid.

    • Bobbum Man
      2:05 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Sure we can, while I don’t disagree he’s a monster I think EJ and nick bring the length and athleticism that he lacks… he and P.J. are very similar players and I think it could benefit us (assuming they can play well) to add the athleticism and shot blocking of those 2

    • unbridled
      2:12 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      The cats most certainly can beat Tennessee in Knoxville without Travis….but I don’t think we will be without Travis in the game.

    • IrishCat
      3:27 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      We can beat TN w/out Reid, but I’m not sure we can make a Final Four without him.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:35 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      To the usual cliff dwellers this is the end of life as we know it.

  2. bigbluenationmbb
    2:16 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    We should sit Travis regardless if it isn’t worse than a sprain against auburn and Arkansas hopefully he will be back for the Tennessee game if it’s only a sprain he played physical and owned Williams in the paint

  3. KYjellyRoll
    2:57 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Sit him for auburn game and bring him back against Arkansas so he doesn’t get rusty. *if it’s not major

  4. ibescootch
    3:09 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    I think it would be an interesting look to have EJ, Nick, PJ, Tyler, and Ashton together. Sub in Keldon at the 2/3 when needed. That length in the middle would be tough to get balls over, and it’d be lob city. Extended playing time may be good for those two right now for a few weeks until the SEC tourney, and you may have Reid back any time in there.

  5. Ridge Runner
    3:20 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Coach certainly shows optimism by saying both are ready. We all know EJ will be. No further comment.

    • RealCatsFan
      3:29 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Nick has shown flashes. That step move he made last night was pretty sweet, and he has developed a nice little jump hook. He is also arguably the best shot blocker on the team. His problem is confidence and consistency. If Reid has to sit for a few games, this may give Nick a chance to develop confidence and flow to his game without the worry of getting yanked after a mistake – i.e., Cal may be forced to play him extended minutes, and he may be forced to grow as a result. If this happens and Reid can come back before the post season, this may be a blessing in disguise.

    • Ridge Runner
      3:40 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, the window is certainly open.

  6. michaelb
    3:39 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    We’re liable to never know what happened to Reid Travis . Remember how they did Jared Vanderstilt? Bye

  7. jaws2
    3:41 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Richard’s major problem is that he’s the only guy in basketball that gets a foul called on him while he’s running to CHECK IN!!!
    I’m afraid he can’t get 20 minutes in prior to being fouled out!! SEC officiating is pathetic!

    • rockatao
      4:12 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      And EJ is not much better.

    • JASUN74
      4:49 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Heck that all they need. They can both get twenty minutes a game and ten fouls. Make the fouls count though and play as aggressive as possible while playing smart. If Nick Richards will get his head right and get mad, he’s got an All American game, he’s just got to go out there and be confident! Cal can’t pull him out every time he make a mistake and not let him get going. He is the difference between a great team or a unbelievably amazing team. I’m a big fan of him and he’s showing more signs lately of being ready to break out. It sure couldn’t happen at a better time if he will. Lol

  8. michaelb
    3:41 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Reid is the most ferocious rebounder in the NCAA . Sure people may have better numbers but they also don’t play in tough conferences. It’s silly to think his absence can be filled with our bigs on the bench . We would be better off just playing a diff way . Small(er) ball .

    • mashburnfan1
      3:58 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      SEC is, at most, the 4th best Conf so several guys play in a tougher conf.

    • JASUN74
      4:55 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      So f—-omg what Mashed face!! Who cares what the hell you think?? No one cares about your opinion and that’s what it is your opinion!! You’re the worst kind of person in every way and just a negative asshole. The SEC has some of the toughest guys in the country and to try to say that several guys play in tougher conferences is just soo stupid like always. They may be a couple play in conferences that have a better record. But they DO NOT PLAY IN A TOUGHER CONFERENCE!! These guys play against grown ass men in the SEC BITCHH!! Man you’re a piece of trash!!

    • JASUN74
      5:04 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      And Michael, you’re just wrong!! Those two will do a great job in Reid’s absence!! I love Travis and we definitely need him, and while he is a tough guy and plays as hard as he can, he’s not the most ferocious rebounder in the NCAA!! Come on man. He’s tough though and definitely helps our team but we’ll be fine. He needs to be 100% though to come back. He really shouldn’t lose much because he doesn’t rely on his vertical anyway. But we’ll be fine either way. Actually we should be a quicker team and get up and down more. They’ll definitely be time we’re going to need his game and I hope he come back hungry. I’m sure he will.

  9. Aar
    4:36 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    If Reid has to sit out a few games or has a minutes restriction, I like Montgomery and/or Richards getting starts and minutes that they have to,play without fouling now. Yes, two of the next three games are in the Cats’ toughest ten games of the season, including arguably the toughest. It’s better to season them in that role in the regular season than in the postseason.

    Hopefully not but if Travis is unable to return, its now time to get those guys to primary rotation roles. Heck, we may like what we get.

    • JASUN74
      5:06 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Amen brother

  10. cats646
    4:41 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    I wish Brad didn’t redshirt. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the post bullying other teams. Guess I’ll have to wait till next year.

    • JASUN74
      4:58 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      Hahahahaha! Nice bro. He’s a damn brute!! Lmao.

    • Luether
      6:26 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

      My sources say he couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag with a razor blade…

  11. Swizzle
    4:46 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hes fine