Malik Monk is coming off easily his worst game at Kentucky, a 6-point outing at Texas A&M. Somehow, the Cats were able to survive an off night from their leading scorer, but today, Monk told reporters that Kentucky’s future opponents should be very afraid of facing him after his worst game.
“It’s bad news for every team coming up because I think our team is focused. We’re all focused and we’re coming in focused from the jump. I think it’s going to be a new team the whole tournament.”
Interestingly, Monk said that Kentucky didn’t have a shootaround before the A&M game because it was so early, which he think affected his preparation.
“We didn’t have one at Texas (A&M) and we didn’t have one (vs.) UCLA. Those are the only two games we didn’t have shootarounds, but UCLA I think I played pretty good. Then the Texas game was horrible. I think we need shootarounds, for sure. I think we need shootarounds.”
Even if it means getting up at 6 a.m. to prepare for the noon local time start, Monk said he needs that kind of structure before games to stay focused.
“More focus. More focus on the game plans and stuff like that. People aren’t sleepy or anything like that. I think shootarounds are best.”
So, shootarounds. Let’s do them this weekend, okay?