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.
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