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Robic pleased with the trio of Poythress, Johnson and Hawkins off the bench


**John Calipari was unable to participate in the post-game interview because he left early to be with his son Brad, who is recovering from ACL surgery. Assistant coach John Robic sat in for him and took questions.


Now that SEC play has started, Calipari has stated that he might try to dive a little deeper into his bench. Tonight the Cats got strong play from a trio of players off the bench, highlighted by the play of big man Dakari Johnson. Johnson has seen sparse minutes so far this season, but made the most of the his 8 quality minutes tonight. Johnson finished with 8 points in those 8 minutes. John Robic was pleased with Johnson’s play and thinks that adding another presence down low will only benefit this Kentucky team in the long run.

“The person who did the best job was Dakari. He caught the ball tight and was forceful when he caught the ball. That was a big game for him and his confidence. And a big game for our team. Having another 7 foot body in the middle is big.”

Poythress also showcased the kind of energy and impact that Calipari has been talking about him having in practice all week. “That’s how Alex has been practicing,” Robic stated. “He’s played very, very well. His confidence level should be at an all-time high. He’s bringing an energy. He’s doing the things that he can do. Now, keep doing those things but he has to expand some other things. He’s playing within his game and he’s able to do a lot of good things.”

And last but not least, Dominique Hawkins continued to garner more praise off the bench in his role for the Cats. Hawkins contributed 4 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Early in the game when the Cats were struggling, Hawkins’ hustle and ability to move the ball effectively on offense kept Kentucky in the game.

“He does what we ask him to do,” Robic said of Hawkins. “He doesn’t know any better. He doesn’t lie. We try to tell him to lie every now and then. He hustles. He puts pressure on the ball. We’d like to see him have a little more confidence shooting the ball. He just brings an energy and you have to find time for him on the floor.”


Go Cats. Go depth.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

6 Comments for Robic pleased with the trio of Poythress, Johnson and Hawkins off the bench

  1. Gils
    11:09 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    This team is way better with the Harrisons riding pine. Since the NBA won’t want them, will they transfer to make room for next year’s scholy’s?

  2. MissinBoogie
    11:15 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    You guys should post Boogie’s latest Fb post on here. He gave the Cats props for the win tonight, and said he’s still waiting on that call from Miss St. (along w the call me pic) Pure awesomeness.

  3. Syrin
    11:24 pm January 8, 2014 Permalink

    When are the coaches going to swallow their pride and accept the fact that Andrew Harrison in the 3rd, maybe 4th best PG on this UK team? This team made its come back when Hawkins got more playing time. Young had way more assists, Hawkins and and Young both had fewer turnovers and shot better from the line. They actually play defense, something I think Andrew is allergic to. Want to see what Andrew does? Watch the first half from the 4-6 minute mark. He WALKS the ball up the court REPEATEDLY. Then at the five minute mark he AIR BALLS an absolutely WIDE open three. Hawkins pushed the ball as did Young. When they had the ball we actually had fast break points. Andrew wants to play Tubby ball without playing defense. If this team is going to go anywhere the coaches have to accept the reality that Andrew just isn’t very good at this point. Heck, I think Aaron plays better point than Andrew. Neither can shoot.

    • Sam
      2:08 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

      Hawkins played most of the first half. We were down by 3 at halftime. Second half starts without Hawkins. We immediately go up by 8 points, 11 point swing with Hawkins NOT in the game. Yep,…Andrew has not played as good as Aaron thus far this year,..and tonight was not his best game. But he is light years ahead of Dominique Hawkins. And I suspect Cal and 100% of the talent evaluators (NBA scouts,…high school scouting reporters,..etc.) would and have agreed with that. Syrin,….I actually suspect YOU might be the only person that “might” think otherwise,..fwiw & fyi. Jmo.

    • JH cat fan
      12:10 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Wrong Sam, many fans are very concerned about Andrew’s lack of progress. I hope the lights come on like they have with several of our past, young PG’s……..but its pain full watching the slow process!

  4. John
    11:44 am January 9, 2014 Permalink

    Help an old man out, who is in the photo for this article?