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SEC coaches discuss Kentucky’s rise this season

Kentucky’s improvement since December is remarkable, and has the Cats in the conversation for a No. 1 seed. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello spoke to some SEC coaches about what led to Kentucky’s rise and whether or not their success is sustainable. Spoiler: Yes.

“Instead of having three guys pissed off at the guard spot, you got two guys playing more minutes,” one SEC coach said of John Calipari’s backcourt rotation. “They’re playing with more confidence. And you don’t have to manage as many egos. I think that’s what’s going on with them now. It’s one of those situations where [Green] left and guys are playing more freely.”

“I think the biggest thing is their bigs are playing a lot harder than they had been,” an SEC assistant said. “That was the knock on PJ Washington last year and toward the beginning of this year. He changes games.”

Both true. When asked what Kentucky’s weakness is, one SEC coach said outside shooting, but even then, between PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Immanuel Quickley, and Jemarl Baker, the Cats have plenty of guys who can catch fire on any given night.

For more, head on over to ESPN.

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12 Comments for SEC coaches discuss Kentucky’s rise this season



  1. MACDADDY
    10:37 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Suprised you didn’t copy and paste the whole article



    • foamfinger
      11:08 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      She didn’t. But it was nice of her to copy and paste what she did because it’s behind a paywall.



    • Go Deep
      11:29 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Go away



    • ukjaybrat
      11:48 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      rude



  2. natedaddy
    11:35 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    You can take Baker out of that last paragraph. Our 3 point “specialist” is shooting less than 30% on the year



    • Skooms
      11:43 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      She said “can” catch fire, not that he will or has. Overall though, yes I agree with you on Baker.



    • jimmer
      12:27 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Yup!



    • JASUN74
      6:51 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Baker is just a couple shots away from becoming the best three point shooter in the country. I know that sounds a little bit crazy right now, but if that kid hits a couple in a row and gets some confidence, the way he plays so hard on defense, it will be very hard for Cal to pull him out of the game. I’m going to go ahead and say that next year, he’ll be the best three point shooter in the country and a top twenty pick in the draft. He honestly just now gaining the confidence in his knees and I’ve sae a lot better movement from him lately. He really has perfect form and a beautiful shot and if he get the confidence I’m talking about, he’ll be unguardable.



  3. kyinsider
    11:48 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky had the talent from the beginning of the season but the team was too carried away after the Bahamas and then duke were really in their head until that UNC game. This team can be special, Calipari deserves a lot do credit this teams transformation.

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    • jimmer
      3:25 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

      If your grammar sucks as bad on your blog as it does in the post you need to shut it down now!



    • trumpetguy
      3:53 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Can we say B-A-L-A-N-C-E might have something to do with overall TEAM success?



  4. clarks
    12:54 pm February 21, 2019 Permalink

    If Baker could make at least one 3 per game that would b huge for his minutes per