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LSU sent Kentucky back to Lexington with an 18-point loss

Kentucky has a lot of work to do.

Tonight’s game at LSU was a reminder of that as the Cats fell to the Tigers, 85-67, in a game that felt much more lopsided than that. Kentucky would occasionally get close to mounting a comeback, only to give up a backbreaking sequence going the other way to fall further behind. It was just one of those nights, and it was to be expected.

Looking back, LSU as a five-point underdog was free money. The first true conference road test for Kentucky, the best player in college basketball in purple and gold, and a much-improved LSU team with Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor, this was a game UK was destined to lose. It was the perfect recipe for the third loss of the year.

Now at 11-3 and 1-1 in the SEC, it’s far from time to hit the panic button on the season.

But Kentucky has a lot of work to do.

Let’s talk about what must improve and why Tuesday night’s outcome was not a favorable one for blue.

 

LSU played its best game of the season, as all teams do when Kentucky comes to town.

Aside from maybe its last game, the win at Vanderbilt, LSU played its best basketball Tuesday night. Johnny Jones’ bunch shot 42.9 percent from deep, well above its season average, while out-rebounding Kentucky by fourteen. LSU also won the turnover battle and held Kentucky to only eight assists, five below its season average. Down low, UK gave up 44 points in the paint to 22 of its own. LSU won every statistical category in the game.

“Let Ben Simmons get his and stop everyone else” did not go as planned.

If the game plan was to make someone other than Ben Simmons beat you, the Cats succeeded in making someone other than Ben Simmons beat them. A lot of other Tigers stepped up and had big games, which is exactly what couldn’t happen in order to win.

Simmons took only five shots for his 14 points, making all five attempts from the field. He didn’t need to do much more because Tim Quarterman and Craig Victor was handling most of the scoring. Quarterman scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with Victory’s 15 points and 12 rebounds. Keith Hornsby and Aaron Epps chipped in with two three-pointers apiece.

Everyone beat Kentucky.

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Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress fouled out with minimal contribution.

Lee played only five minutes due to foul trouble and left the game with nothing more than two rebounds and two turnovers to show for his trip to Baton Rouge. Alex Poythress was a little bit better, but not by much. Poythress managed to play 26 minutes before he fouled out, though he didn’t do a lot with those minutes. He had four points, four rebounds and three turnovers in the game.

Without those two, Kentucky doesn’t stand a chance against anyone.

I can’t watch Isaiah Briscoe shoot another free throw or jump shot.

Never in my life have I seen a guard as good as Isaiah Briscoe be so awful at shooting the basketball. Briscoe went 1-for-7 at the foul line and missed two three-point tries he never should’ve taken. He is now shooting 21 percent from deep and 38 percent at the foul line on the season. Any time he is fouled at the rim it’s a turnover, which is unfortunate because he is so good at getting to the rim and getting fouled.

Kentucky had NO offense.

Worst performance of the season on that end of the court. Every single player in blue looked lost and out of sync, leaving Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray to play a lot of one-on-one against the defense for any chance at adding points.

Ulis and Murray took over half of the team’s shots as they scored 23 and 21 points, making up all but nine of the 53 points from the starters. Kentucky got 14 from the bench thanks to two three-balls from Derek Willis, five points from Mychal Mulder and Skal Labissiere’s pathetic one bucket and one free throw.

Mychal Mulder deserves more playing time.

If there’s one positive takeaway from the game, it is the play of Mychal Mulder. Mulder had a career-high five points and a career-high eight rebounds in a career-high 14 minutes. Entering the game he had two career points and seven career rebounds in nine appearances.

I’ve long been an advocate of more playing time for Mulder, and he earned it Tuesday night. He’s wrongfully been labeled as nothing more than a spot-up three-point shooter, but he proved he can contribute in other ways by leading the team on the glass.

If Briscoe continues to miss every shot he takes, Mulder deserves more opportunities in his place and a longer leash when he is in. That’s especially true with the current status of Dominique Hawkins.

More Mulder, please.

On a night Skal Labissiere could’ve made a statement, he did absolutely nothing.

Another missed gimme at the rim led to an LSU dunk on the other end. We also saw him get stripped inside, again. He struggled to keep his hands on the basketball. He’s still nowhere near what Kentucky needs him to be.

Kentucky’s lack of a post presence is killing the offense.

How bad is this team without Tyler Ulis?

Ulis has been the one constant this season, even with his cold shooting hand, and he’s the only reason Kentucky is still a top 25 team. Sure, Jamal Murray is a good player, but Ulis is what propels the team each game. I can’t imagine where the Cats would be without him running the point and rising above each new challenge every night.

Ulis’ 23 were a career-high and he now has 20+ points in the last three games, as well as at least six assists. Jay Bilas called him the second best point guard in America, behind Providence’s Kris Dunn.

As bad as it was, it’s not time to give up. Not even close.

I’ve seen some of you compare this team to the 2012-13 NIT team and that’s absurd. Outside of Nerlens Noel, all of you would take a player from this team over a player from that team at every position. So let’s chill with the unfair comparisons to the worst team of the Calipari era.

Hopefully this team is more like the 2013-14 team, the one that lost 10 games before playing for the national championship. Kentucky fans, of all people, should know it is way too early to give up on a Calipari-coached team. There is a lot of basketball still to be played, folks.

But Kentucky does have a lot of work to do.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

73 Comments for LSU sent Kentucky back to Lexington with an 18-point loss



  1. CopenhagenCat
    12:21 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I know everyone keeps blaming Skal but he only played 16 mins and they hardly give him the ball. How is he suppose to get any better? Alex and Marcus didn’t do any better. Alex is the biggest disappointment. Only plays when he feels like it. Just stands around and hardly tries.



    • cats42301
      1:30 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Lol, 95% of the time he gets the ball passed to him or gets a rebound, he turns it over. You get better by practicing for you don’t keep feeding a turnover machine the ball in a game in hopes that he finally does something. When he gets better at knowing what to do with the ball when he gets it, through practice, then he’ll get the ball passed to him more. Until he proves he can put the ball in the basket when he does get it he won’t be getting many more touches. It’s the same for any player. Cal has given him more personal attention than any player I can remember and is giving him every opportunity to succeed. The rest is up to him. The person who is responsible for Skal’s underperformance is his guardian in Memphis and his “reach your dreams program”. He is the one who got him ineligible to play in his SR high school year, when he made him transfer to Lausanne collegiate school in Memphis, who declared him ineligible because his grades didn’t qualify there since they had a higher gpa requirement. So he then basically home schooled him his SR year and then tried to create a ” reach your dreams” basketball team and then tried to schedule to play the HS competition he would have played against even though they didn’t even have a place to play their games. As it ended up as Cal put it, his SR HS year was basically spent on a “church team”. I know he is a good young man but Cal recruited him for what he could become not what he was. Since he committed so early it definitely caused us to lose out on other big men who may have committed because they didn’t want to have to compete with him or play behind him. His guardian wasn’t all bad, his charity helped get him out of Haiti of course but he made some bad decisions for Skal, for which we are paying the price for now. I still have hope he can find some game before March.



    • wjfren01
      8:18 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      CopenhagenCat, are you in Denmark? Or is your username referring to dip?



  2. sweet wm
    12:31 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    They play like a professional team ……….Washington Generals.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:05 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Good lord, then what does that make Louisville? #L1C8



    • cats paw
      9:13 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      #1) smart AZZ comment to a UK fan. Obvious troll



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:33 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      lol, cats paw gets mad when you trash talk his Cards.



  3. basketball uk
    12:33 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe really gotta work on his shooting never knew a guard who shot badly as him



    • basketball uk
      12:35 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I think that’s were mulder comes in



    • cats paw
      9:17 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Need to scrap the 3 guard lineup.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:53 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I agree with cats paw; we need to start Kyle Wiltjer.



    • J-Dub421
      12:11 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, let’s scrap the 3 guard line-up because our bigs have been so effective….



  4. eddiesuttonsliver
    12:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    News Flash: This team is garbage on the road right now. It happens. with Calipari teams it happens more often than not. Should we be ultra concerned. Hell, who knows. The one and done strutted like Travis Tritt down to Florida for a couple of years but that mess is coming home to roost. I’ll hang myself (and likely I will on talking heads that don’t proclaim Ben Simmons the head of basketball via the illuminati) if last year’s record, jay bilas, and a bunch of assholes don’t convince us that the kansas game the other night wasnt the best of the century. there would be a 30 for 30 if the rim was softer. everyone needs to lighten up. this team right now is sweet sixteen at best, i’m happy to eat my words later. get aboard the humble train blankholes.



    • The Rest of the story
      10:13 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I agree this is just not the year for the Cats. Way too many overrated freshmen especially Briscoe and Skal and Mathews. The sooner UK fans realize this the less the loses will hurt because many more are coming.



  5. Jnet389
    12:43 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Those are Briscoe’s shooting stats before this game. He’s even worse now, which is sad



  6. TheNewOriginal
    12:43 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    But look at the bright side, KSR once again provided our opponent plenty of bulletin board material to get up for the game. Horrible coach at LSU they said, no way UK could lose. Develop some class, please…



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:03 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I’m sure the folks at KSR appreciate it that you take them so seriously.



    • cats paw
      9:14 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      #2) smart azz comment to a loyal UK fan. Obvious troll!



  7. Smitty0102
    12:43 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I was at the game tonight, because I live in BR. We are weak on offense, We run no set plays to the inside prob because we don’t have a strong presence there. We cannot hit free throws and can’t stay on our feet on the pump fake. Tyler and Murray are definitely solid which we know, but we fall off after that. Briscoe can drive but that doesn’t matter if you can’t shoot or hit free throws. Skal is softer than what I even thought. He is like a piece of paper out there. It’s just going to be one of those years where you don’t worry about where we are ranked, what are projection is for the tournament and just hope they get better with each game and finish with a solid season. National Championship is probably out of the question but I will never give up and will circle them on my bracket out of my love for them.



  8. Smitty0102
    12:47 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    And just like always LSU has players that are not even close to being on the radar and they play out of their a__ when we visit.



  9. Angelo
    1:13 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think this was Cals worst loss at Kentucky???



  10. BBNALLTHEWAY
    1:23 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I love Coach Cal, And we just had a bad nite…Hard when you gotta play the team and refs….



    • cats42301
      1:35 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Please don’t even play the ref card. They weren’t perfect but they had ZERO to do with this loss.



    • BBNALLTHEWAY
      1:59 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I call it as I see it…Many many many bad calls…no we were not paying our best, But with such bad calls I WILL play my ref card!!



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:14 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      This game had nothing to do with the refs! We were horrible. From the beginning we let LSU dictate the mindset of the game. It was as bad as I have seen UK look since the Ryan Harrow days. LSU didn’t even play that well actually, We just looked for, and found, every way to lose a game.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:01 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      The refs weren’t perfect, but they were making typical away game calls. The players can’t use the refs as excuses to get frustrated and make stupid fouls.



  11. The Professor
    1:28 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    We have a few guys that have defensive skills but couldn’t hit the ocean from the beach and a few guys with offensive skills that couldn’t guard a tree. Ulis is the only complete player on the roster. This is the weakest front line UK has had since the days of Sheray, Shagari and Orbzut.



  12. cats42301
    1:52 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    My opinion of the Briscoe situation. You can coach a player to play better defense, rebound better and have better ball handling skills but you can’t coach a player to have better shooting skill. Yes, you can work on his technique etc. but becoming a better shooter only happens through tons of practice and repetitivness and it’s painfully obvious Briscoe hasn’t put in much time practicing free thows throughout his whole life.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:45 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Actually Briscoe is said to have been a good free-throw shooter throughout his career before college. Whatever problem he’s having with it is mostly mental.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:36 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I agree with STE. His mechanics are ok, and he was a mid-70’s FT shooter in HS. It is a confidence issue. A good shooter just KNOWS the next one is going in. When Briscoe steps to the line, you can see him tighten up.



  13. Stopover
    2:30 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Does Poythress even WANT to be a basketball player??



    • kycats13
      7:38 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I agree, does he even want to be out there?



  14. FCFS82
    5:32 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    This team IS a lot like 2012-13. If Murray goes out with a knee injury like Noel did they’ll be hard pressed to make the field. As it is, the road gets NO easier with Alabama on Saturday.



    • Melvit
      10:01 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Harrow was no where close to the talent of Ulis. This team would destroy the 2013 team. This team is closer to the 2013-2014 team.



    • UKALLDAY1
      2:44 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      This is NOT even the 2013-2014 team, that team had bigs that would REBOUND. Randle, Willie, Dakari and James Young were good rebounders. This team CAN’T REBOUND! CAN’T DEFEND.



  15. Craig Sagers Suits
    5:38 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Drew, I disagree with the past team comparison. I think they are a mix of the 12/13-13/14 team, leaning towards the Noel team. They just seem like they don’t get it outside of Ulis and Murray. Skal being called a bust at this point I think is warranted. He was the top rated recruit in the country coming in, if not, at least for his position. Lee is Lee and I see why he took a back seat all 3 years he’s been here.

    Cal should have talked Dakari into staying because we could have used him this year down low and there is no way you can convince me that guy was NBA ready when he bailed and now he is in the D-League. Sorry dude, you went Pro to be in the Show not the minors and went second round.

    Let’s just hope Briscoe can figure out his shot because I think that kid will be the key moving forward.



    • kycats13
      7:40 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I would think that Briscoe didn’t just start missing. I’m thinking that he was the same in high school, just took a lot more shots and scored a lot. The percentages were most likely the same. Poor scouting and recruiting.



    • CATandMONKEY
      8:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Briscoe shot 72% from the line over 16 games for Roselle Catholic, 50% for 2 pointers and 34% from behind the arc. One would think that 60% from the free-throw line would be reasonable.
      Dakari would have been literally, huge on this team.



    • RC
      9:21 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      You are absolutely spot on, but unfortunately we’re seeing the by-product of Cal’s past success getting kids drafted. Dakari and the Twins should have returned to become better ball players and improve their draft prospects. But they didn’t out of (probably) a combination of peer-pressure, family pressure, hubris and misleading intel. When everyone from UK can seemingly get drafted it must be difficult to have legitimate self-awareness about your own skill set.

      This team simply isn’t very good. Lot of pieces that don’t fit well together. Not sure our chemistry is very good as it appears to me several guys have their own agendas. Cal over-estimated some of their talent and I think a couple of guys aren’t very coachable. It happens. Sucks, but it happens.

      Watching this team last night revealed the perfect nickname for this squad:
      The Disjointeds



  16. ukwildcat1991
    6:06 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    i live in Guam and i watch the replays of the games cause of the time difference and when i was watching this game i kept asking myself, “Why is Lee and Poythress in?” Seriously, why were they in the game? They have no heart whatsoever. All Lee does is take up space down low. If he Wasnt 6’9 he wouldn’t even come close to a collegiate basketball court. Even with all the Hype he had about improving his offensive game after last season. Lee came out saying he was making strides and i think he is even worse now than ever before! Alex Poyhtress only plays when he wants too. You would think the coaching staff would teach him how to hold a ball down low and not lose it. You would think he would have learned by now, in his 4th season, that he would be a leader. You would think he would have developed into a great player we all know he could be and yet again he has another disappointing performance racked up in his UK career. How does Michael Mulder out-rebound the whole team? Why is a 6’2 guard (Briscoe) shooting 32% from the free-throw line? On this topic, In college sports, sometimes you are going to have duds that were really great in high school. Skal is one of them, in basketball or football. There is going to be busts and Skal is one of them. Bless his heart for being scrutinized all the time but he came to the most passionate fan bases of all sports. If our bigs cant buckle down and pull their own weight then we are going to have one of the toughest seasons in the Calipari era. Maybe this is a wake up call. Who knows…



  17. Chris Burnam
    6:07 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    This team isn’t top 20! Tired of these Cal teams. Stay way to young. We don’t have but two good players on this Team.



    • CATandMONKEY
      8:43 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, these Cal teams have all been terrible. Bring back Billy G. Sarcasm/Off.



  18. Mr Blue
    6:09 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    This team SUCKS! Alex set the tone last night with two missed foul shots and that three that barely grazed the front of the rim. I’m tired of watching Alex miss from the foul line. Briscoe is pure crap. There are eight year old girls that can shoot a basketball better than he can. And his drives to the basket are looking more and more like Archie Goodwin. Ben Simmons sat on the bench for a good portion of the first half and Cals bunch of over-rated prima donna’s were still down ten!
    Nothing from Marcus Lee. Nothing from Alex Poythress. Nothing from Isiah Briscoe. Nothing from Skal Labissiere. Nothing from Charles Matthews. If I enjoyed watching this type of ineptness I wouldn’t have missed one minute of this past season of UK Football.
    This team plays like that they won’t win one road game and will lose at Rupp a few times. It’s time they pull their heads out of their a$$e$ !!!



  19. eyebleedblue
    6:14 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Game was predictable. Freshman lose their minds on the road, every year. And like you said with no steady inside offense, road wins are going to be extremely tough against every team. Going to habe to win them all at home and beat all the horrible teams on the road. Might be a 10 loss season coming.



  20. EdC
    6:27 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    The reality is that this is a team filled with 6th men. You would love to have most of them coming off of the bench but the attitude to be a starter and a leader just isn’t there beyond Ulis and Murray. Either of them get injured about the point of the season Noel did and do you REALLY think this is anything but an NIT team?

    When you look at them individually they seem like a fine group of young men. Represent the university well in many ways but they just don’t feel like typical UK starters. Imagine what these guys would have been hearing from Wall, Cousins, Davis, MKG, even the Harrisons. I think Ulis does his best with them but trying to turn a lamb into a lion at this point is probably futile.



  21. TorpedoVegas
    6:28 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    You’re right…I would never trade Skal for a freshman WCS. Don’t be absurd, Drew.



  22. kycats13
    7:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    When does football season start?



  23. keiths
    7:43 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Kansas is absolutely going to MURK us. I’m talking a 30 point blowout.And Self will enjoy every second of it



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:59 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Well, he’s been owned by UK since Cal’s been here. Every dog has his day, I suppose.



    • cats paw
      9:15 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      #3) smart azz comment to a loyal UK fan…obvious Cardinal troll!



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:40 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      By talking smack about Self and the fact that CAL OWNS KANSAS, that makes me a Cardinal troll? LMAO

      You’re either reaching, or you have the poorest reading comprehension I’ve ever witnessed.



  24. bigblueforever
    8:01 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    By March, they will be fine. It’s early January. I do think Skal needs to sit. If UK can get anything, something from the 5 position, they will be fine. Briscoe reminds me of Teague. Teague struggled all year, people were bashing him and then he blossomed in March. However, if Briscoe takes another jump shot or three, he needs to sit. But the real issue for this team is defense. That’s fixable, I hope!



  25. StevieGotLoose
    8:08 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Briscoe needs to sit. Hawkins is a better shooter. Lets face it, we got the mop bucket talent of this years freshman class. Lee finally had a bad game. Outside of him we do not have any decent inside players at all. Alex will never give you anything but maybe 3 games a year. Humphries is not any good either. Play Winyard and see how bad he is. I told my brother last week, let Simmons do his thing and don’t let the other players beat you. The other players kicked our rear ends.



  26. CatsfaninFL
    8:08 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Everybody keeps saying 2012/2013 or 2013/2014 and all I can think of is seeing the 2011 team. That team lost neutral court game against UConn, at UNC, at UGA(but beat them at home), at Alabama(but beat them at SEC tourny), at OleMiss(beat them in SEC Tourny), at Florida(beat them at Rupp and in SEC finals), at Vandy(but beat them at home), and at Arkansas. I see that playing out a lot this year. Clearly we aren’t the same team away from Rupp and it may take all season for these guys to figure out how to play together, all game, every game, and away from Rupp.

    People who say if we lose Ulis or Murray it’s the same result as 2013 year but can’t we say that about Knight had he gotten injured in 2011? He was the lone, consistent bright spot on that team all year. At THIS point, I think a senior Poythress and Junior Lee are comparable to where Jorts and T Jones were. Briscoe’s up and downs were comparable to Miller and Murray and Ulis are comparable (as a unit) to Lamb and Knight.

    If we’ve learned anything with Cal, it’s that we should trust the process…

    People who say if we lose Ulis or Murray it’s the same result as 2013 year but can’t we say that about Knight had he gotten injured in 2011?



  27. za
    8:10 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Went on the road and got a good performance from LSU. Relax. No one played good in all reality. Murray and Briscoe were turnovers waiting to happen and bigs were warm bodies. Looking back, I wish they would’ve slowed the game down some. It was basically LSU getting quick makes and us getting quick misses.



  28. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:20 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    According to the way they have played recently I think Poythress and Lee should not be on the court at the same time. Give them each 20 minutes and let one of them win the rest of the time. Start Willis. Briscoe can play 5 minutes a game until he can hit a shot or at least a free throw.
    Starting five
    Ulis, Murray, Matthews, Willis, Lee



  29. Sentient Third Eye
    8:37 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Kentucky’s problem right now is they only do a few things well, and if the opponent takes those few things away we have no “Plan B”. And any opponent who has the least amount of bulk on the inside, whether talented or not, can completely disrupt our inside game. Last night we couldn’t even throw the ball inside because it would be an automatic turnover, so the whole offense broke down, and Ullis and Murray just tried to score. That’s a total offensive collapse. At this point, we just need some stability inside, Is there anyone who can just consistently rebound and kick it back out, and maybe get a few garbage buckets? Surely Humphries or Winyard could manage that much.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I agree. Humphries should be able to do what Lee, Alex, and Skal have proven they cannot…rebound and kick it out. However, when Humphries is in the game you don’t really see him down low. He seems to be in love with his mid-range jumper and plays away from the basket.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:52 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      The other downside with Humphries is that he is still a defensive liability in some situations. They would have to abandon switching if they used him more. Maybe use some zone to keep him from getting stuck away from the basket guarding a quicker player. Still, he has the one thing none of our other bigs have – bulk. We need someone with some weight on the inside or we’ll be pushed around all season.



  30. LongTimeReader
    9:14 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I thought Willis gave the team the “best” performance out of Lee and Alex. But last night none of them were tough enough, and Alex is difficult to watch because he still plays like he did when he was a freshmen; athletic, but still so passive.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:56 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Alex got too many fouls last night to say he was passive. At best his effort was misdirected. Too frustrated too often.



  31. StevieGotLoose
    9:30 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Mulder or Hawkins should start ahead of Briscoe. Skal did make a statement, he is not any good. He is not a post player and never will be, He can’t dunk, shoot a layup, rebound, block a shot or play defense. There are a lot of wasted scholarships on this team. Walk-ons can provide practice bodies. There is no point to giving out scholarships to make a practice team.



  32. jr1122
    9:37 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    This is why I hate recruiting news…how did so many “recruiting analysts”, which to me is a creepy term, miss the boat on Skal? Hes nowhere near the #2. I get it his experience to the game is minimal, but you think they would take that into account. Instead they went “Oh, well hes 7 foot tall. Put him at #2.”



    • CatBlue in LR
      3:43 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Should have listened to me after I saw him in an AAU tournament down here in April two years ago. I said he underwhelmed me. Looked the same then as he does now, and I couldn’t really see what all the hype was about back then.

      There was one guy on the team he was playing on that day who caught my eye. His name? Malik Monk. 😉



  33. kjd
    9:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Drew, Briscoe can’t shoot….period. So, he’s not that good of a guard. Shooting is a key part of a basketball player’s game.
    Skal is at least a two year project. Quit hoping for any major contribution from him this year.
    Murray likes to shoot. Please quit over dribbling the ball. Rebound and defend. Become an all around player.
    Many areas of concern with this team. Have not given up on them yet.
    However, I’m scaling back my expectations for this team. Poor foul shooting, poor
    rebounding, lack of offense, etc. Hard to see a title contender in their future.



  34. UK Fan In Nashville
    10:13 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    We have to stop the “We’re everybody’s Super Bowl” crap! We are a mediocre team this year. I wouldn’t be surprised with an 8 or 9 loss season and a 6 seed in the tournament. But I’ll take that down year over an NIT down year. Next year’s class with the players that will surely be returning from this year will be a ’10, ’12, or ’15 year all over again. But this team has some playmakers like the ’14 team had, and could come together like they did for a deep run in March. I’m not concerned with these losses as long as we still make the tournament.



  35. Ken Grizzle
    10:36 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    note to Cal: There are other players on the bench who dream of playing at the next level besides Skal and Briscoe…….just sayin



  36. Bluebloodtoo
    10:54 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I saw a lot of conflict between Cal and the players last night on the bench. Seems like the players aren’t quite buying in. Lee and Poythress arguing with Cal on the bench surely isn’t setting a good example for the younger players.



    • sonnyg333
      11:42 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I saw that as well and they shouldn’t get any time at all considering the way they play most of the time. Even some guards called them out for not playing hard. I would rather lose with a team that plays hard,than set through the painful mess I saw last night.



  37. Shawn Kemp
    10:58 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    This team is not the 2012-13 team, they *are* however looking more and more like the 2010-11 team, Skal playing the role of the glaringly absent Enes Kanter. They just can’t seem to win on the road and the offense at best is playing stagnant to decent with flashes of potential.

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  38. sonnyg333
    11:37 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Mulder should take Brisco’s minutes, if for nothing at all shooting the ball,which will be an option instead of something painful to watch.

    Skal should never enter the game till the last 1 or 2 minutes until he knows how to play the game of basketball. Love the kid, but he plays like a kid lost in a department store. Wandering around lost..

    Alex is the best at stepping out of bounds and turn overs, which is no improvement from 4 years ago when he was the best at it.



  39. gerryB
    3:13 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I was yelling profanities at my big screen all night. Then, UK gets the game down to a 4 point deficit well into the 2nd half. After telling my wife in the 1st half that UK was going to lose this game by at least 10 points, I suddenly, cruelly, had a tinge of optimism. Just like that, LSU goes back up 10 in no time. At that point, I couldn’t watch anymore. I knew where the game was headed. That’s probably the 1st UK game I just turned off in the last 8 years. Last season has made it very hard to watch this season.



    • UK Big Board Update
      6:16 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah. Cal has made it hard for us. We should fire him. /s