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Pick Five, ONLY Five, For Forty Minutes

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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?

Article written by Nick Roush

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

20 Comments for Pick Five, ONLY Five, For Forty Minutes



  1. ZombieLibrarian
    8:06 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    Ulis
    Aa. Harrison
    Lyles
    Karl
    WCS



    • mashburnfan1
      8:26 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      Agree unless Aa does not come out of shooting slump then I replace him with Booker. Those are our 6 best players but we really have 12 very good players. Even with these top 5 {6} we have probably 4 or 5 others that start and play 30 plus minutes almost anywhere else in the Country.



    • DelrayCat
      9:46 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      That also looks to be the most likely 5 pros on this team.
      Does that mean Ulis has more NBA potential than Andrew, Booker, Johnson, or Lee??
      Methinks so.



  2. Mc12
    8:11 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    No thank you. More clutter.



  3. Leuther
    8:13 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    I’ll keep the “platoon”, thank you…



  4. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    8:26 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    I’m gonna go with, whichever 5 Cal thinks needs to be on the floor..



    • mashburnfan1
      8:28 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      This is just for fun to kick around, not much else to do until Jan 6th. You and Leuth need to chill. I really doubt Cal looks here to see who he should play and when.



  5. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    8:29 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    Oh, I’m “chilled”. Just don’t see the point…



  6. WCS15UK
    8:30 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    C – WCS
    PF – Lyles
    SF – Aaron/Booker
    SG – Booker/Aaron
    PG – Ulis

    It’s tough to leave Towns out, but I want the scoring and shooting of Lyles/Booker/Aaron



    • Rixter
      8:44 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      that’s 7 for 40 minutes!



    • cracka
      8:58 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      You should look again, he picked 5



  7. Rixter
    8:43 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    WCS
    KAT
    Trey
    Booker
    Ulis



    • cracka
      9:00 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      Wow, 4 freshmen … hard to argue with anybody’s best 5, but that is ballsy sir



    • catdaddyd
      10:26 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

      That’s my 5 as well.



  8. bharlan24
    8:52 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    wcs,kat, lyles, aa, an. experience at guards , size and versatility at the other positions.



  9. shelby
    8:54 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    doesn’t matter–as long as they’re wearing blue and white, i’m happy.



  10. cats paw
    9:24 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    WCS
    Towns
    The Twins
    **WILTJER**



  11. Patrick_Wren
    9:24 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    More media noise…. “Free your mind and your ass will follow!”



  12. EdC
    9:58 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    No way will I participate in yet another divisive game. They play as a team. Why can’t we?



  13. Patrick_Wren
    11:56 pm December 28, 2014 Permalink

    Glad they took this nonsense off the main page! WTF Nickey-boy…getting lazy? This is not worthy of KSR! I mean really…..who gives a €¥<# what Tim Sullivan thinks?