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Observations from UK’s Win Texas Over A&M

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The Best Defense is Junk Defense

“Junk” is more often associated with off-speed pitches in baseball, but I’m going to use the term in basketball.  Normally John Calipari sticks to man-to-man.  He plays it straight up, without any wrinkles.  That’s not the case this year and I love every second of it.

Cal goes to the junk defenses after made baskets.  It’s the only time they can get setup, and it’s a good way to build momentum.  The half-court trap out of man defense is most effective, usually surprising the primary ball-handler without discombobulating the defense too much.  Today they also showed 1-2-2 press, revealing another wrench to go along with their 2-2-1 that was extremely effective against Vanderbilt.

Even if Monk’s Missing, He Can Do This

Briscoe Gonna Briscoe

There are many different things Briscoe does that annoy fans.  For me, it’s the baseline drive.  “Nothing good EVER happens when you drive baseline,” is what I yell at my television.  The following play Briscoe drives baseline and finds a teammate for an open three.

He finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and just one turnover.  Briscoe is gonna Briscoe.  As long as he continues to produce, we just have to let him do his thing.

This was a Lane Violation

I guess the ref decided, “I haven’t used my whistle enough today.”



Ball Movement is Better

Since Kentucky started the eight-game winning streak, they’ve done many things better, especially on defense.  Offensively, nothing has brought more smiles to my face than seeing them make the extra pass.  It doesn’t always go in, but it’s almost always a better shot.  In the first half they had nine assists for their 13 makes and finished the game with 17 assists on 26 makes.  Not too shabby.

Wenyen is NOT Playing Well

Since he scored a career-high 23 points against LSU, Gabriel has averaged 2.1 points and 3.3 rebounds over the last seven games.  His best game was against Mizzou, scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.

Today Gabriel was just as bad.  He air balled a free throw and that wasn’t his most embarrassing moment.  This was his most embarrassing moment:

He knew Robert Williams was there, or he wouldn’t have jabbed and retreated.  Instead of trying to break up the pass, block the shot or foul the bastard, he let Williams dunk on him.  That’s softer than baby sh** and I don’t know any other way to say it.  Wenyen is better than this, but his mind is not in a good place.

Bam Did Work

His 13 points and 8 rebounds were great, but I was more impressed with Adebayo’s defense.  Against two of the biggest bodies he’s faced all year, Tyler Davis and Robert Williams, Bam battled in the post.  The two still scored off lobs when help defense fell apart, but they never got anything off simple post-ups.  Bam kept them off the low block and wouldn’t allow any easy post entries.  Adebayo’s game is coming together at the right time.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Observations from UK’s Win Texas Over A&M

  1. maximumscott
    8:04 pm March 4, 2017 Permalink

    This teams builds each game. The SEC tourny will be good for them and should give them enough games to get the oil moving to be close to peaking starting NCAA tourny. After seeing them the past few games Im becoming more and more optimistic about a deep tourny run. We have Seniors contributing and playing their best ball. Bam is playing well consistently. Briscoe has put 3 good games together. Monk dodnt score that much but still affected the game with his rebounds and defensive pressure. Fox looks to be more comfortable and quicker since his injury. Wenyen is probably the only one that hasnt improved at all.

  2. evilcarl
    9:41 pm March 4, 2017 Permalink

    Except the resident idiot Roush doesn’t know that Tubby made the elite 8 almost every year because he based his defense around stopping the baseline. Must be for a reason, jackass. Don’t take pay during the winter because you never know what you’re talking about and make the site dumber.

  3. Wynn
    10:40 pm March 4, 2017 Permalink

    If you’re outside the arc then you have to wait until the ball hits the rim to move. The refs were shitty, but that was a lane violation.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:00 pm March 4, 2017 Permalink

      You’re exactly right. The rules are the rules.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:40 am March 5, 2017 Permalink

      Turd meet punch bowl.

  4. herm89
    10:44 pm March 4, 2017 Permalink

    The only things softer than Gabriel’s defense are your Kentucky basketball takes.