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Quade Green made one crucial mistake: He put his hands down

After a nail-biter of a game in which the lead changed a whopping 17 times, Lamonte Turner sealed the deal for the Volunteers with a three-pointer that gave Tennessee the 59-58 advantage. As if the clutch three wasn’t enough, a poorly-timed turnover by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gave the ball back to Tennessee, who quickly reponsded with a gut-wrenching dunk by Admiral Schofield. Gilgeous-Alexander went to the line, where he hit one and missed one before the Cats gave up the rebound, and the final score was set: 61, 59, Tennessee.

And while Quade Green had a solid game, finishing with 15 points and just two turnovers, he made one crucial error: he wasn’t ready for Turner to take that three-pointer.

“I was very surprised,” Green said of Turner’s decision to launch up the deep-three. “He was 1-5 from the three-point line, so I was thinking in my head, oh, he ain’t shoot all game – he’s gonna drive. But then he just shot the ball.”

But that’s where Green was mistaken. You see, Turner wasn’t 1-5 from the three-point line. With 26 seconds remaining, he was actually 3-6. And just a second later, he sank his fourth.

Perhaps Green confused Turner with UT’s Jordan Bowen, who actually was 1-5 from behind-the-arc. And perhaps Green simply misspoke during his media opportunity after the game – a rush of emotions following a tough loss, a dozen cameras with bright lights thrust in your face… you get the point. And it is entirely possible he just said the wrong statistic in the post-game presser. But regardless, Turner quite literally caught Green with his hands down.

“Quade was really good today, did some good stuff,” Coach John Calipari said after the game. “The last play, he gave that kid that three with his hands down. But again, he made baskets, he got to the rim. He made, he got guys involved. He was good.”

Clearly, Calipari’s forgiven Green for his defensive mistake at the end of the game. After all, Coach Cal did hold himself accountable for the loss, saying he should have called a timeout in the final seconds of the game. But Green doesn’t think Calipari should be the one taking the heat for tonight’s defeat.

We all took the blame for the loss. A few possessions, we could have had a rebound, we could have gotten a stop, and we didn’t do it as players. Cal’s just the coach – we take the blame too. I take the blame too.”

And what about that final shot?

“A lot of people in America won’t take that shot,” Green said. “I’ll give it to him – that was a good shot.”



Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

22 Comments for Quade Green made one crucial mistake: He put his hands down

  1. KYJelly
    11:12 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Quake was our best player offensively last night. He really needs to work on just staying in front of his guy defensively instead of trying to get a steal though. He played with great effort on D last night, but every time he aggressively got right into someone, I knew they were gonna get by him, he does not have the lateral quickness to do that.

    • KYJelly
      11:12 am February 7, 2018 Permalink


    • KayutsBy90
      1:58 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Hence why his hands weren’t up. That far back he’s trying to not get beat off the dribble. I don’t mind not committing to a shot from that deep.

  2. Azulgrande75
    11:17 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    I agree Quade and Shay kept us in it and carried most of the scoring load. I really have an issue with the foul call on Vanderbilt in the post with Williams, we were up two and headed the other way with the steal. I watch alot of games and I can truly say as a power five conference team, we get some of the worst calls against us at home, trust me!!

  3. luke_emberton
    11:20 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    he can put his hands down on Thursday of the SEC Tourney

  4. meeksfor3
    11:31 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Up by 2 you have to be in his face and have your hands up. A 2 point basket can’t beat you but an open 3 could. Again just not a very smart play.

  5. CatFaninNC
    11:47 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t need to fix the blame, need to fix the problem(s).

    Everyone standing around waiting for Quade or Shai to drive it was a big problem. Lack of movement without the ball for these guys is a problem leads to very few assists. Turnovers is a problem. The fact that all 5 of UT’s players were in the lane on the final 2 plays didn’t stop them from driving into traffic. Can’t shoot the 3 so the defense packs the lane is a problem.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:05 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      if you watch every game that came down to UK needing a basket, that is the play they run almost exclusively. Watch the end of Vandy at Rupp, they ran iso with Shai on back to back plays, only for him to get blocked or stolen from. Quade took inbounds and took it length of floor to score the go ahead basket. Isolation with Shai at top of key, with everyone else standing/watching is the “go to” game winning play they have used for over a month now.

      fast forward to 11min mark and see for yourself

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:09 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      sorry edit. the first of last two play was Knox iso, which he made and fouled, the second was Shai. But its still all iso at top of key, and drive

  6. Smyrna_Cat
    11:57 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    That was a good shot. Quade and Shai both carried us all night, and both made freshman mistakes toward the end of the game. I am okay with the game … we lost by two to a team that was ranked ahead of us, and as playing a LOT better than we have been.

    I still like this team. Lets see what happens in March.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      12:05 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      sad if yo think that is playing better. That game was horrible, middle school level play. Both teams just handing the ball over on bad dribbling, bad passes. No shooting, well making shots, at all. Both teams get blown out tonight by any decent team.

  7. Rod Crandler
    11:59 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Two things I’ll never understand about players at this level that play almost everyday. 1. Why they can’t make a foul shot and 2. Why they don’t know to keep their hands up on defense.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:39 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry … this was to “Callit” …

    • Luether
      8:45 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Coaching is a big part of both issues…

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    12:39 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Hey Hater. We actually played a good team tough. Did you not see the game?

  9. RealCatsFan
    12:50 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    When Shai turned that ball over trying to force a bad pass in to Richards, Quade was standing at the 3-point line WIDE OPEN! Shai did not have the court vision to find him. Probably would have been an easy score for the win.

  10. Kevin C
    1:59 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    The entire team….like most of Cal’s teams….has been “defending” the 3 with their hands down all season. To me, that should be the easiest thing to understand, at any level : hands up defending a shooter, hands out (no grabbing/touching) on the drive. But I don’t blame Cal, because I see it on a lot of other teams too. I think most kids just don’t want to “be that guy” that gets the embarrassing foul on a 3-pt shot, especially if it’s a potential game winner/clincher.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:17 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      thing is kids are coached at a young age to NEVER run directly at a 3pt shooter and jump. If a guy catches a ball, in position to shoot, and youre more than 5 ft away, the chances of blocking that shot are near impossible. Running at a guy and jumping assures 3 things, he shoots over you, he tucks and you foul him, or a pump fake and drive around you causing defense to be in help mode. The correct defense is to put hands up, shoot your feet quickly, and come at him at a slight angle between the guy catching ball and the closest next perimeter shooter. This so he has no choice but to shoot, taking away the drive, or pass to open shooter on the perimeter. Again, watch last Vandy possession at home and we jump out, allowing a guy to pass to open shooter on his left, he just so happen to miss the shot. This is basic grade school defense, its amazing you see so little of it

  11. KYjellyRoll
    2:09 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    We only lost by two to a red hot team. This season isn’t over. Either you’re a fan or you’re not. Sick of the fair weather fans.

    • catsarerunnin
      2:41 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      Be prepared to be bombarded for that comment.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      3:19 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      True, true, true.

    • Luether
      8:48 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      You can be a loyal fan and still call out poor play, incompetence, and bad coaching…