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Kentucky rolls by Winthrop 87-74

In what was mostly a feel-good romp, Kentucky beat Winthrop today 87-74. At times, the Cats looked the best they have since the Bahamas, but at other times, bad habits reared their ugly heads, especially on defense.

PJ Washington had 19 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double of the season. Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson finished with 15 and 13 points, respectively. The Cats shot 56.4 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from three. Yet again, their opponent was hot from the outside, the Eagles hitting 13-28 threes for 46.4 percent.

Offensively, Kentucky really got into a flow, pushing the lead to 26 points with twelve and a half minutes to go; unfortunately, sloppy play and defensive breakdowns allowed the Eagles to cut the lead to only 13 by the end of the game.

More throughout the afternoon…

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31 Comments for Kentucky rolls by Winthrop 87-74

  1. Jiminy Crickets
    2:58 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Uk outscored by Winthrop 36-37 in second half. Red flags are flying for this team. No defensive effort

    • henderblue
      4:27 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Whoopty do. So what. Trying to make something into nothing. Mr Negativity

  2. Bigblue7982
    2:59 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Cats gave up 13 3’s ????

    • Truth_Hurts
      2:59 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      I think they played better, but they have got to start guarding the perimeter.

  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:00 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Three high school all-american point guards and none of them can play the point guard position worth a crap and none of them can defend unathletic mid-major guards. And to everyone who keeps saying that it’s just November, Duke’s Tre Jones is a better defender than all of them and he’s a freshmen.

    • JusSayin
      3:08 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Part of it is that we funnel penetration to the bugs. The last two teams we’ve played have had shooting 5s and 4s and played 5 out. Leaves guys on an island.

      “Leave enough space to shoot a 3 or get close enough to allow a blow by?” And unfortunately sone gus have gotten hot and shot above their average. We actually controled the guys sucked out in the shooting report. 2/3 Starting guards shot poorly.

      We will result see that against a power conference team.

    • JusSayin
      3:11 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink


  4. JusSayin
    3:01 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    We beat them by the same margin Vandy did. At this stage in the season considering how fast we come I’m okay with that.

    Unlike the last team we played the other day, Winthrop will probably win their conference and make the tourney.

    Its November. People forget that Cals team usually need time. We needed a last second shot to be Miami of Ohio with John Wall.

    Dont overreact.

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      3:07 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Vandy is a barely top 25 team with half of the talent that we have. If we’re content with being just that good then we should hang sweet sixteen banners.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:13 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Vandy isn’t a top 25 team. They beat Winthrop by 13 at home (just like us) only other wins were a 15pt Win over Alcon St and a 9 pt home victory over Liberty. They are undefeated tho, and beat USC by 4 so they actually have a better resume than us…Vandy only has 9 scholarship players. They basically have 3 good players and a bunch of bench guys. But yea, be happy we’re on that level with 7 McD AAs

    • blackmilk23
      3:32 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Vandy has nine players who were 4 or 5 start recruits coming out of HS. And their 5 stars were better than ours. I’m not pleased with the performance but let’s not distort things either.

  5. VirginiaCat
    3:13 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Interesting comment that “Cal’s teams usually need time.” When this happens year after year after year, it’s not the team, it’s the coach. Cal needs to be smart enough to recognize his shortcomings and hire assistants who can compensate. If he insists on doing everything himself in a half ass fashion, we will continue on the road to mediocrity.

    • BBNDan7
      3:54 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Kentucky was one shot away from a final 4 TWO SEASONS ago, “mediocrity” get outta here with that.

    • Wade
      4:31 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      What’s bakers deal?I work everyday with a swollen knee a sore back a jacked old ankle injury. You just deal and go on! Limit his minutes to get some action alongside herro and 3 bigs. That way d can’t key on both him and herro and hold 3 down low! We just need shots and put him on a weak offensive player to guard! Its a short season! Time for him to participate if he can practice, need to knock the rust off!

    • BluejayK
      7:14 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      A lot of teams could say they were one shot away. That’s a stupid argument .

  6. michaelb
    3:21 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    That’s the starting five I picked pre season . Herro with a solid outing ,glad to see . Hopefully his confidence will perpetuate

  7. Realme
    4:07 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    You’d think we’ve never seen bad defense in November before.

  8. murphy60
    4:33 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Is this possibly the end of Cal. I mean recruits are not convinced that this is not the place to come. I mean the recruits that do come can’t play in Cals system. But if this is the end, who’ll will Mitch go for?

    • henderblue
      5:02 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      No. No its not. But if he read the crap that was posted on here, who could blame him for walking away? Or even running away.

    • Shively1978
      6:02 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      The offense is OK but Cal use to be a better Defensive coach than he has shown last few years. Part of the problem now could be the games to. Could you get excited to play Winthrop and the other 8 straight cupcakes we have been playing. The last few years we usually play up or down to the competition. Probably not a final four team but who knows. Still as I said before I don’t see us Duke or any other team winning a title without Upperclassmen guards.

    • CATandMONKEY
      5:25 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Is this the most ignorant comment in KSR history?

      Quite possibly.

    • henderblue
      5:43 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yes C& may just be. I mean y there’s been a lot of them. But it ranks right up there with the most ignorant

    • bigbluebanana
      6:55 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      I am now dumber for having read your comment Murphy. That’s the most asinine thing I’ve read on KSR and I spend most of my time here crushing trolls like bigolblue who haven’t made an intelligent point in decades.

    • bigblue2284
      8:24 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      You all are pathetic. If anyone dares to question Cal you attack them. It makes it hard to have a conversation with people who’s only response is to call you names. Defend Cal if you can but my guess is you can’t do you resort to names.

    • bigblue2284
      8:26 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Go grief henderblue if you think Cal is leaving a multimillion dollar contract because he’s being called out on a blog I can’t help you.

    • CATandMONKEY
      1:40 am November 22, 2018 Permalink

      No, BB2284; It is absolutely correct to criticize Cal. We should definitely had at least one more NC since he arrived here. His comment regarding both content and grammar is rather inane.
      THAT is the issue with MURPY60’s comment.

      There are times when comments are so ridiculous that ad hominem attacks are the only appropriate response.

  9. mikeintn
    6:17 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    I know what I wish, that this was the end of murphy60 posting, and all like him.

    • bigblue2284
      8:21 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

      He’s not completely wrong, Cal isn’t recruiting as well and it’s showing. If you aren’t willing to admit that your lying to yourself. For the second straight year we have a team with no alpha , and don’t try to pass Johnson off. The last superstar players Cal got were Monk and Fox and they weren’t on par with the Wall, Cousin and Davis. A steady decline is in play right now.

  10. murphy60
    8:25 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    Thank you big blue. Cal is not the same. His coaching is now not that good. Why didn’t we get zion? Cause cal couldn’t coach him.

  11. big cat
    9:20 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    I liked the younger version of himself…the one who had some fire and could coach…wait…what….he’s gone.

  12. henderblue
    11:14 pm November 21, 2018 Permalink

    bigbluebanana don’t come back here. If you think you were dumber before, you’ll be a vegetable if you come back and read this stuff.