S/o to the C-J’s Matt Stone for the picture of the day. When Coach K shows his Dukies the proper flopping form, Jones’ performance will be Exhibit 1.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but Kentucky outlasted the Cards in a physical, sometimes stagnant, defensive slug-fest. There were plenty of moments that revealed weaknesses in Kentucky’s team, even though Louisville only led once throughout the entire game.
Entering conference play, we’ve seen half a season of basketball from all nine platooners. Today C-J columnist Tim Sullivan posed the question: if you had to pick 5 players to play 40 minutes for a national title, who would they be? Luckily, this is simply a fun hypothetical scenario, but it does help you value Kentucky’s priorities.
Willie Cauley-Stein and the Big KAT, Karl Towns, are shoe-ins, but would you rather play big with Trey, or small-ball with shooter, Devin Booker?
All options are enticing, but Tyler Ulis’ defense and ability to create offense (for him and others) make him impossible to keep off the court. I’d pair Ulis alongside Willie, Karl, and the Harrison Twins. We rarely see this lineup, but I have a feeling that in 40 minutes the Twins won’t have a problem finding their rhythm.
Who would you choose in this hypothetical?