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The Good and The Bad of Isaiah Briscoe

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Big Blue Nation is becoming a fan base divided in its opinion of Isaiah Briscoe.

After a not-so-good game down in Georgia — after which John Calipari joked (but maybe didn’t) that he told Briscoe, “I’m glad you fouled out” — some are beginning to wonder if Briscoe’s minutes-per should be reconsidered.

That’s not to say Briscoe isn’t a good player; no one believes that. But in a stretch that has seen solid, consistent play from Dominique “Old Reliable” Hawkins and a good game from Mychal Mulder, there is a legitimate debate that maybe Briscoe should take a seat whenever he is in a funk, as he was in Athens.

In the postgame press conference following that game, John Calipari said, “We got a couple guys I gotta sit down with and talk to and figure out like, ‘Look, if this is who you are, you gotta take a step back.’ We gotta go with the guys that are playing. We got four games left. This ain’t like, ‘Okay, we’re in midseason, you’re good.’ This is like, ‘You gotta figure this out.’”

It’s safe to say Isaiah Briscoe is among those “couple guys” Calipari was referring to, and with only four games left until it is win-or-go-home in the SEC and NCAA tournaments, Calipari and Briscoe are running out of time to “figure this out.”

In the meantime, have a look at what, in my personal opinion, makes Briscoe good and what makes Briscoe bad.

 

THE GOOD: He gives his all.

There isn’t a player on the team who fights harder than Isaiah Briscoe. You know you’re going to get effort from him every night, whether he is scoring or not, on both ends of the floor. He hustles, crashes the glass and doesn’t back down from anyone.

THE BAD: He can’t shoot.

Though it has improved since his freshman season, Briscoe is still a pretty horrible shooter. He’s missed 17 of his 20 three-point attempts in his last 10 games (a 15 percent clip); and in Kentucky’s last five games, he is 1-for-10 from outside and 7-for-17 from the foul line.

LAST FIVE GAMES
Game FGM-FGA 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA
@ Florida 3-10 0-1 0-2
vs. LSU 4-9 1-3 5-6
@ Alabama 5-11 0-1 1-7
vs. Tennessee 6-10 0-2 0-1
@ Georgia 4-12 0-3 1-1
TOTAL 22-52 1-10 7-17

In that five-game span, Briscoe made only one two-point basket that wasn’t a layup.

THE GOOD: He defends, rebounds.

Of the Cats’ starting five, Briscoe is the best defender and the second best on-ball defender on the entire team, behind only Dominique Hawkins. Briscoe often draws the assignment of guarding the other team’s best offensive weapon and he has done a pretty good job in that role. His D is arguably his best part of his game.

Briscoe is also a quality rebounder given his size, with 5.4 rebounds per game for the third best rebounding average on the team. He puts that wide frame and lower body strength to good use on the block to get in position for loose balls.

THE BAD: He is turnover prone.

Briscoe leads the team in turnovers and it has been a huge problem over the course of the last month. Aside from his one turnover in the win over Tennessee last week, Briscoe is on a streak of games with three, six, four, three, four and four turnovers.

Overall, Briscoe’s 42 turnovers in conference play is the fifth-worst total in the SEC.

THE GOOD: He can drive, draw fouls.

When he isn’t turning it over or taking ill-advised jump shots, Briscoe is as good as they come at taking it to the rim and either finishing or drawing a whistle. Nobody can bully and maneuver their way to the rack like Isaiah Briscoe when he has a full head of steam.

However, when he isn’t getting the call, as we’ve seen a lot lately, his driving can do more bad than good. And when he is getting the call, he has to make the free throws.

THE BAD: He doesn’t fit within the offense.

Kentucky’s halfcourt offense is best when De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo are playing a two-man game with room to work, while the shooters, namely Malik Monk, are ready to catch and fire. But with Briscoe’s inability to hit shots as a guard, defenses are packing the lane and leaving him unguarded around the perimeter, which (a) clogs things up for Fox to drive; and (b) dares Briscoe to shoot, which rarely ends well.

Briscoe is too much like Fox in that he needs to be driving and not shooting, so having him out there with Fox often has an adverse effect on production. Neither he nor Fox can shoot, at all, and it’s never good to have two guards on the floor at the same time who can’t hit outside shots. Without the threat of a shooter from one of those two guard spots, the driving, which is the strength of the backcourt, is taken away. That is why we’re seeing those long-range two-pointers that make you want to rip your hair out. They’re having to settle for those because the defense is packing it in.

While I’m on the subject, I think this is Kentucky’s biggest problem offensively and probably worthy of its own post on here some other time. But in short I’ll just say I don’t think Fox and Briscoe’s games complement each other as they should. They have the same strengths and weaknesses, and Briscoe loses out because Fox is the true point guard, the better floor general and lightning fast with the ball in his hands.

THE GOOD: He has single-handedly won games.

If we’re going to criticize Briscoe for his mistakes, we have to acknowledge the fact Kentucky would have two or three more losses without him.

First, the Cats don’t win at Vanderbilt without Briscoe. With Fox and Monk in foul trouble in that game, Briscoe scored a team-high 23 points with seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes played. Every time Vanderbilt made a big bucket in the second half, Briscoe responded on the other end to silence the crowd.

Briscoe also shined in the close call at home against Georgia, in which he had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. And then at Alabama, Briscoe scored seven straight points when the Tide tried to mount a late comeback.

THE BAD: His attitude.

There are some concerns from NBA scouts that Briscoe may have a little bit of an attitude problem. I had heard the same from a couple people I know in AAU circles when he first got to Kentucky and I’ve heard it from some people around campus since he’s been at UK.

We’ve even seen glimpses of it in games, whether it be arguing with officials or getting involved in unnecessary extracurricular activity with an opponent, and it’s not the best look for your presumed leader.

Of course, an attitude can be good — I love a confident trash-talker — but not always. As someone who hears more than most sitting courtside at Rupp, I can tell you there isn’t a player on the court who whines more to officials throughout a game. In those circumstances when things aren’t going his way, I think the attitude hurts him, and in turn, hurts the team.

THE GOOD: He has one of three triple-doubles in school history.

It’s hard to knock a guy who has done that.

THE BAD: He is too short for his position.

Going back to the fitting within the offense thing, Briscoe is a guard who is in his second season out of position because there are two better guards on the team. Last year it was Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray who pushed Briscoe over to the three; this year it is De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. He’s become a small forward in a college point guard’s body.

If not for Ulis and Fox, maybe Briscoe is great penetrating point guard with good shooters around him to make up for his own shooting insufficiencies. But that’s not the case as he has been asked to catch and shoot on the wing, rebound, and guard guys much taller than him, at 6-foot-2.

He’s a small small forward.

THE GOOD: He is one hell of a basketball player.

Is he playing out of position? Yes. Does he throw off the offense? In my opinion he does. Does he drive into “No Man’s Land” along the baseline and immediately turn it over? Absolutely. Does he need to become a better shooter? Yes, yes, yes. Has he ever thrown one alley oop that hit its target? Not that I can remember.

But through all the flaws one can highlight in his game, Isaiah Briscoe is still a guy you want on your team. He is going to defend. He is going to hit the boards. He is going to give 100 percent on each end. He is going to get physical inside despite being the smallest player in the paint and he is capable of taking over a game when he is able to drive and get whistles. Just ask the folks in Nashville or Tuscaloosa about that one.

At the end of the day, Isaiah Briscoe is going to do much more good than bad. But with Kentucky in its current state, the question is how much Briscoe is too much Briscoe when he isn’t at his best.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

80 Comments for The Good and The Bad of Isaiah Briscoe



  1. shelby
    7:40 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    I like briscoe; he’s helped us a lot more than he’s hurt us. Zay is a good leader and busts his ass; he’s the best player around the basket we have. He’s a pg playing the 3 and consistently draws the toughest defensive assignment.



    • fauxbobknight
      9:15 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      he is constantly trying to do too much and i would hate to see what UK would look like if he actually dominated the ball.



  2. AGSlater
    7:48 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    He just cant shoot. Even with the turnovers I think if he would hit more shots he wouldnt get so hated on. Yes he plays hard. The biggest thing to me is he doesnt fit our system well. His jumpshots off other drives are turnovers



    • JusSayin
      8:08 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Because UK fans judge every guard by their ability to shoot and nothing else. He’s shooting 30% from 3 and 47% from the field as a whole. (That’s higher than Hawkins and Fox)

      We need his defense and rebounding. He’s not a perfect fit. But he doesn’t deserve the amount of hate he gets on here.



    • Skeps
      10:52 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      JusSayin, maybe MOST basketball fans judge guards on their ability to shoot. It’s not complicated.



    • DT in DC
      9:03 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      I love his D, but he needs to let that be his thing and not jack up so many bad shots. Also if you know on offensive driving and getting fouled to go to the line is your bread and butter, you need to practice FTs much more than he obviously does. No way he puts as much time in with those as he needs. My question is, does he leave this year given Cal’s annual bringing in of the top guards knowing he’s going to linger in the D-League.



    • blackmilk23
      9:16 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Briscoe is shooting 67% from the free-throw line this year.

      Last year he shot 46%. That’s an improvement of 21%… thats quite a bit.

      Don’t think it’s fair to say he doesn’t put in the time he needs. He’s not there yet but hes for improved a lot.



    • UK Big Board Update
      6:09 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cal lets the assistants do most of the coaching now. He is just a figure now that yells during games. Never seen the talent Cal has on a yearly basis look so bad in half court offense

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      They should count Briscoe jump shots as turnovers

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Time for Briscoe to pack his bags after this season

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      We have to lead the country in walks.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Briscoe should never be allowed to take jump shots. If willis or gabriel miss they are out instantly but Briscoe is allowed to run a muck and shoot bricks all night

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Might be Fox’s worst game

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Gabriel also back to terrible again

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Hawkins needs to play over Fox i guess. Meanwhile Briscoe with another horribly bricked jump shot. His misses just sound bad off the rim

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  3. Destroyou
    7:52 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    “His defense is the second best on the team.”
    Not by far. It isn’t a very high bar either. He still gets beat consistently.

    “He doesn’t fit the offense”
    Correct. Mulder fits the offense much better and is just as good at rebounding (not as tough but jumps higher). Mulder being in perfectly balances the offense with Bam and Fox being the only ones in the lane and Briscoe coming in for relief of Fox/foul trouble. Mulder doesn’t play stellar defense but neither does anyone else but Hawkins. If Mulder’s shot is off, then we can bring in Hawkins.

    As an aside, we really need to run that pick and roll on the wing with Bam and Fox more. No one has been able to consistently defend that.

    PS-Drawing fouls doesn’t matter with horrible FT shooting (especially bad with 1 and 1s).



  4. Rick_S
    8:00 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    What hurts Briscoe is like you said he is a 6’2 SF that can’t jump over a phone book and can’t shoot a lick…He needs to stay in school and do a few things…1st he needs to lose about 25lbs..2nd shoot 1000 jumpers a day. 3rd come to terms he’s not an NBA player as of now..4th somehow improve his vertical.UK would be a better team in march if Mulder got 25mpg and Briscoe 15mpg..Mulder is bigger, faster, better leaper,better shooter..



    • AGSlater
      8:19 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah. Cal has created a system where if you are not a one and done you may not be elite. If you are not 2 and done you more than likely will not make it in the league. Its almost like the players know the longer they stay the worse it looks on them.



    • JusSayin
      8:24 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      It does look worse. Especially if you are like Briscoe and forced to play out of position. Poythress as playing great as a PF as in the D-League but we made him play SF at Kentucky.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:36 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Briscoe plays guard including the point at times so he’s not playing out of position. Poy played PF at times but he was undersized for the position.



    • fauxbobknight
      9:21 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      JusSayin- Poythress is playing great because its the D-League! no pressure and no expectations.



  5. JusSayin
    8:04 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Calipari recruited him as a PG and he has played SF for two years without complaining.

    He’s not a great shooter but he’s worked hard and improved both his 3 point shooting and 3 point shooting by almost 20%

    The games where he had to run point the whole time he played pretty well.

    He doesn’t fit as well in the offense but we struggle to guard and rebound without him on the floor.

    I struggle to deal with the fans who hate him and pile on after every game. (Even when he plays well)



  6. Rick_S
    8:04 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Unless he has a good night or a mismatch.Briscoe should have a shot limit of 6 per game..UGA he had more shots than Monk and played 12 less min ..that’s not good



    • blackmilk23
      8:11 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Monk was 3/11, Fox was 4/14, and Briscoe was 4/11.

      He has the highest FG percentage of all of our guards. He should shoot less jumpers. But he can score.



  7. a21CATSfan
    8:07 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    I bet it was 6 games ago when Kenny Payne said Zay was bragging about his 3 point shooting. He has hit one since (I thought it was 0). I had a bad feeling when I heard him say that.



  8. blackmilk23
    8:16 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    We hold starters to different standards.

    Hawkins is shooting 27% from the three. That’s lower than Briscoe. If he was starting all anybody would talk about is how he cant shoot and he fouls too much.

    If Mulder was starting our offense may flow better but our already bad defense and rebounding would be substantially worse.

    Briscoe may not fit in every way but he deserves to start. He’s valuable.



    • Mc12
      9:06 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      I agree. Except I do like Mulder’s effort on the glass. I believe Mulder deserves some more minutes, but not from Briscoe, from Dom. I know people will disagree, especially with the praise for Dom lately, but I think he’s just an average defender. He does have solid footwork, but he gets abused like crazy, fouls a lot, and can’t shoot either. He does get the Rudy love, and when he makes me put a foot in my mouth, which isn’t often, I give him praise. I just don’t see this great D that everyone talks about from him. Maybe the ineptitude of others makes him look a little better. Sort of like a 6 hanging with a 2 making her look like a 9 lol.



    • kuhlkat
      2:35 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Of course we hold starters to different standards. That was Drews point…..he should play less. No one is saying he shouldn’t play.



    • blackmilk23
      9:20 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      But my point is that if those other guys were starting you would be pointing out the obvious flaws in their game instead praising what they bring to the table.

      Briscoe’s other traits get over looked because all some fans care about is shooting. Dynamic players often can’t shoot. They are more valuable than shooters to me… and most coaches too.



  9. jim tom
    8:23 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    I call bullshit on bashing Briscoe. He is tough as nails and cats need his fight, attitude and soul. Don’t care if he can’t shoot. He cares and is passionate. Cats need his toughness and east coast swagger. F….ck the haters



    • JusSayin
      8:25 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Here Here.



    • Skeps
      10:56 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Hell yeah. Mo*fuc** can miss a wide open 3 pointer and got mad swag after that. Shooting is so overrated. All it does is give you 3 points. Swag is where it’s at.



  10. jim tom
    8:50 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Here’s to wrasslin arm bars!!



  11. WeareBBN
    9:11 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    More BS from Cal. “We gotta sit and figure this out, if this is who you are we gotta take a step back”. Cal you have had plenty of games and this is not a time to take a step back, it is full throttle forward. I venture to say almost all coaches know what they have by mid Jan or earlier. What is your step back? You said Monk would sit if he did not rebound, that never happened. I can see you maybe sitting Bricksoe since he is not one of your NBA darlings now as anticipated when he arrived. Go to New Orleans please, any chance Brad can graduate after one year. Lets get very good players that are here 3 to 4 years and play for titles again, We are UK, not the Dleague.



    • jim tom
      9:14 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Damn that’s harsh



    • unbridled
      9:34 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Damn that’s such a stupid comment too.



    • AGSlater
      10:00 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      I even think thats harsh.



    • GUNSLINGER
      10:31 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Let’s keep Cal, and get rid of WeareBBN.



    • unbridled
      10:49 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      I second the notion gunslinger



    • CATandMONKEY
      11:44 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      We have a strong nomination for most inane comment of the season, so far. Don’t worry folks – still plenty of time to post stupid comments but this one is setting a pretty significant bar.



  12. The Original WTF Guy
    9:21 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    “Kentucky’s offense is best when De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo are playing a two-man game with room to work”

    Drew, is this you channeling Nick Roush? Because that is the only way I can explain you making a comment like this. When have Fox and Bam ever played a two-man game? For that matter, when has Bam and anyone played a two-man game? Kentucky’s offense works best when they get the ball down the court and get a shot in 5-8 seconds or when they move the ball around the perimeter. UK’s offense works worst when Bam touches the ball in the paint.



    • jayiron11
      10:03 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      It’s called a pick and roll. You know, basically the offense down the stretch of the last game at Georgia.



  13. Booby Petrino
    9:23 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    #teambriscoe



  14. katmancsm
    9:25 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe needs to sit when he isn’t helping on O. All his scoring is layups and when he isn’t getting them we are ineffective. More Mulder and Hawk and if the D is getting exposed more Zone.



    • unbridled
      9:40 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Yep. All the sunshine and lollipop fans are ignoring the pink elephant in the room. When briscoe is off…he’s a liability, plain and simple. If you can’t see it, you are blind or don’t understand basketball. I like briscoe and the “edge” he brings to this young team, but he needs to be reined in. Let’s call it like it is….mulder needs more minutes.



  15. Jiminy Crickets
    11:28 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

    ‘Ive been saying it all season. I feel sorry for him. He came to UK as the #1 PG out of HS, only to come to UK and have to play SF. Hes endured questions from our own media asking “how it feels to be the lesser guard?”. This dude was skinny in HS, and had a very smooth floater when driving to the rim.He was known as a scorer in HS, but because he was going to play off the ball he was asked to bulk up, and he did. Problem is since he bulked, he cant hit the side of a barn. The dude has come to UK, compromised his game for the benefit of the team, and in turn has destroyed any chance he ever had at the League. Whats worse? The fans don’t even recognize what he has given up for UK



    • blueballs80
      11:46 pm February 20, 2017 Permalink

      Compromised his game? His game was in question by scouts, which is why he returned to improve his game. He cant shoot the ball and Tyler Ulis immensely helped him by carrying the load last season. How does someone forget to score because they gained muscle? Truth is he had a less than stellar jump shot and his attitude is another thing. I say bring Mulder so Fox can kick it out and bring Briscoe off the bench. His defense hasnt been that great either.



    • StuckinLville
      2:47 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      blueballs, I guess you dont get what he is saying. When he came in as a freshmen he immediately sacrificed. He shot over 70% from the free throw line in high school and was a decent 3 pt shooter. That would be why everyone was shocked at his horrendous shooting and why his dad said last year he just needs to find his shot again. Shooting is all about muscle memory and he altered his body; it has thrown off his mechanics. However, Briscoe knew coming in that Ulis would be the primary pg, he was excited to play with him. But, he did not know until way later that Murray would be there. Briscoe knew what was going to be there this year and he decided to come back and not transfer. So I definitely understand what Briscoe has sacrificed, but I also know that he makes the choice to stay. Briscoe and his family fell in love with UK on his visit, I just hope it ends well for him.



    • unbridled
      4:55 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Briscoe has been asked to sacrifice because he is not the elite basketball player high school scouts thought he was. It happens. Throwing out high school shooting percentage is low hanging fruit. He might have shot the ball well then, but if my aunt had balls…she would be my uncle. The college game is vastly different from high school and briscoe has struggled with the transition. He might not be the solo point guard, but he plays the position plenty and the results are what they are. Also, his size has nothing to do with his limitations.



  16. 8xchamp
    12:18 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Play defense, layips, and rebound. And every time he turns over especially stepping out of bounds should be 5 minutes on the bench.



  17. wes908
    1:38 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    This is what pisses me off as a U.K. Fan because even you would never hear this type of shit about a Duke player from its fans or even Kansas with all the bS that goes on over there recently they’re loyal fans with expectations but here at Kentucky if anyone isn’t up to these impossible standards BBN sets they aren’t any good . Believe it or not Briscoe is the best player on this team. Has the highest basketball IQ and doesn’t make the small mistakes that cost us games like Monks and Foxs terrible shot selection and doesn’t get away from the game plan when feeding the bigs is the plan . This is why ppl assume Kentucky fans don’t know basketball cause we’re never satisfied with anything went 38-1 and it meant nothing when it hasn’t been done in decades . So briscoe travels and misses jump shots if you aren’t watching everyone on this team does the same shit . And KRS you guys are even worse for making this dumb ass post cause your the same people going to want him to stop screwing his face up at you and answer your dumb ass questions . Don’t play both sides , critique and stand by it but this is cowardly .



    • UKfanman01
      5:31 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      So I’m going to be nice as you were on a rant and not thinking clearly. Duke doesn’t talk bad about their team? In case you have amnesia their fan base was pissed when they lost 5 and nearly got blown out by Wake Forest (I believe) but made a huge comeback to barely win. As a UK fan I’m going to be honest, I seen this problem with this team before the season even started. If you looked at scouting reports you could clearly see that UK had 0 defensive players coming in. Cal hyped them but scouting reports said just the opposite. With that being said I’ll address the point at hand. Isaiah Briscoe sucks. He’s, arguably, the worst guard in UK history to log as many minutes as he has. He consistently steps out of bounds, misses free throws, misses threes, misses wide open lay ups, and is THE BIGGEST disappointment on the team. I stood up for Briscoe all of last year and half of this year. I fed people so much crow when he had that triple double. With that being said that was a huge fluke. This kid isn’t good. He’s not atletic. He plays ok defense but Dom is much better and IMO deserves to start over Briscoe. He forces way too much when he doesn’t have the angle or a hot hand. Sometimes you have to be honest. I’d start Dom and Mulder would be my 6, Gabriel 7, Hump 8, Briscoe 9. I’d almost play Brad Calipari over him…



    • DelrayCat
      9:36 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      I think you are both prone to hyperbole.
      Briscoe is NOT the 9th best option on this team…come on now.
      The reason he plays so many minutes is not based on talent.
      Briscoe PLAYS HARDER than anyone else on the team, and Cal keeps him in hoping his intensity and effort rubs off on the rest of the guys. Period.



    • Skeps
      12:46 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Do you even read what fans of other teams say about their team? That’s an assumption you just made in order to bash fans who disagree with you. So if Grayson Allen were on our team you’d defend that stupidity? As a fan of Kentucky basketball I hold players to a higher standard. Talking trash to other teams and getting blown out, flipping a guy which will cost you a technical in a close game are not endearing attributes.



    • Skeps
      12:51 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Perhaps Drew Franklin posted this article because it’s a big issue right now. But no you disagree with some of the cons he posted so it must immediately be bashed. It’s nice to see two sides to a story posted that way some opinions are not dismissed. I’m sure you would vote for censorship. Here’s to you, Comrade.



  18. Angelo
    1:43 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe and Bam have too much anxiety… Cal needs to have the team doc give them Paxil. It will make them sleepy, but sleep is essential for young growing brains. I fear the NCAA outlaws it, but it would save these kids. These kids are under tremendous stress. Give them some help!!!



  19. Shawn Kemp
    3:00 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Yes, Briscoe is maddening with baseline drive turnovers and wide open three point misses but the man has put the team on his back on multiple occasions. He single-handedly destroys zones, be it below the rim or at the top of the key. I remember a KSR article not so long ago discrediting Briscoe’s demeanor so perhaps reel in the editorial just a bit KSR, discrediting a player who has one of three all-time triple doubles may require a larger analysis of overall synergism than individual dynamics.

    @dallonadams



    • fauxbobknight
      9:31 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      if you are going to give him credit for “single-handedly” winning games then you should also be willing to accept that he has single handedly lost a couple of games.



  20. TBW3011
    7:59 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Agreed other than he isn’t a small forward. He’s a PG playing SF. Not saying he should be playing PG either. He should actually play A LOT less at any position.



  21. Capurnicus
    8:18 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Been saying the past few games that the ball movement just seems more crisp when Hawkins is in. Seems like the coach has noticed, as recently he has been going to Hawk early and often.



  22. Sentient Third Eye
    8:33 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    The real problem with Briscoe is not entirely his fault. Coach made this “his” team in the same way last year’s team was Tyler’s, but Briscoe is not Tyler Ulis. He is not a natural leader, and I think he has often wilted under that mantle.



  23. BlueDeuce
    8:39 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe may start games out of position (not the PG), but he does get to play PG more this year than last. When he does play PG, the flow of the game is lost, he slows down the offense too. The other thing he does this year is try to do things he simply can’t do…imitate Fox or Monk.

    He is a good slasher, good rebounder and plays tough. His shot, while improved, is still not elite. I am not sure he would ever be the featured player on any team, but he is a good team mate.

    I’m not sure his weight matters as much because without the extra muscle he’s added, not sure he’d be driving the ball to the rim like he does. The NBA will appreciate the weight at PG if he should make it to that level (has to shoot MUCH, MUCH better to make it though).

    His biggest knock for me has been and will continue to be his shot selection from outside as well as his shooting percentage from both the field (jump shots) and the free throw line. His handle is not elite either, good, but not elite.

    IDK…He does help this team more often than not I think but could the team be better without him playing so many minutes? That’s the question huh?



    • blackmilk23
      9:50 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Last game Briscoe started at PG UK scored 90 points…



    • JusSayin
      10:03 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yea the last game he started at point he had 23 points, 8 assists, and 11 rebounds.

      People’s perceptions of Briscoe really don’t match the actual data.



    • BlueDeuce
      10:57 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      I can pull favorable stats from about anything…point is he does play out of position but plays PG too and when he does, the majority of the time he slows the offense down and takes the flow of the offense away.

      Look…I like Briscoe but he has issues with shot selection, FG%, FT%, turnovers, and controlling the game as a PG. Those are consistent issues, not cherry picked stats.



    • blackmilk23
      12:01 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Lol how is using the last game he started at PG a cherry picking? I think there has only been two.



    • blackmilk23
      12:07 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Also Briscoe’s FG% is 47. Thats really high for a guard. That makes him the second most efficient scorer on the team behind Monk.

      We are bashing him because of the last game but he shot a higher percentage than Monk and Fox in that game too.

      By comparison Hawkins has lower FG% at 37 AND a lower 3FG% 27. And that’s who people keep saying should start over him.



    • unbridled
      3:27 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      We are criticizing him because he is a walking turnover, his good shot selection is abysmal, and he flat out can’t shoot! He enjoys a high percentage becaus he slashes to the basket. He’s a wing/guard. We need him to be able to knock down WIDE open perimeter shots and he CAN NOT do it. We are playing 4 on 5 on offense because of it. He has a role, but his playing time needs to be significantly limited when he’s in his funk. Why is it so hard to see?



  24. kyle heavy
    9:07 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe plays over Hawkins and Mulder because he was a 5-star blue chip who was perceived to be able to play in the NBA. Calipari will do whatever he can to make that happen in order to not ruin his NBA draft status. Mulder and Hawkins had no expectations beyond college basketball as lower-ranked recruits.



    • blackmilk23
      9:54 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      You sure it’s not because he’s our second best ball-handler, defender, driver and slasher?

      Maybe Hawkins doesn’t start because he also can’t shoot? (27% from the 3 which is less than Briscoe)



    • kyle heavy
      12:51 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      You’re missing the point. Briscoe doesn’t shoot well and leads the team in 2.6 turnovers per game. So he may be our best ball handler, but he is not always the best decision maker. Mulder shoots 40% 3PT and averages nearly half the points per game in a third of Briscoe’s time. Ball handling is not our issue–it is outside shooting. Take Monk away and our guards are horrible outside shooters. Hawkins averages 0.4 turnovers per game in 18 minutes. He is a servicable backup who makes good decisions nearly 100% of the time.

      I’m just saying play Mulder and Hawkins more and cut Briscoe down from 31 minutes per game to about 25. Just try something different. You can’t tell me Mulder is not extremely productive in his limited playing time. It was like playing Booker and Ulis only 20 minutes a game because he had to get the Harrison twins to the NBA.



  25. 8xchamp
    9:16 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Only reason we beat Georgia was because he fouled out. Keep that in mind



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:21 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      That is a possibility;but the only reason? Balderdash.



  26. Joe B. Y'all
    9:26 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t know how someone can play the point with their head down. Briscoe is a back up 2 guard. This team is not an elite team with him at the pt. I wish Cal would go back to 2 guards instead of 3. Trouble is we don’t have anyone to play SF.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:33 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Actually we have 2 SF guys but no real power forwards.



    • fauxbobknight
      9:37 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Derek Willis? He can space the floor for Fox to drive, doesn’t hold on to the ball when he doesn’t have the open shot & is the superior athlete. (never thought id say that lol)



    • DelrayCat
      9:42 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      I agree somewhat. But I think Bam will be a PF in the NBA.
      And Willis is a natural 3.
      Therefore, we really have 3 starters playing out of their natural positions.



    • blackmilk23
      9:51 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      We started Willis at 3 once… we were down 12-0 before we switched. (His man scored most of the points)



  27. fauxbobknight
    9:46 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    It almost seems like briscoe enjoys being a “UK Basketball Player” more than he enjoys playing the game of basketball. Almost.



  28. Joe B. Y'all
    9:50 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    I would agree that the 4 is what we’re missing personnel-wise. But, per the comments, we have 3 guys playing the 4 and no one at the 3 (perhaps Briscoe)… To me we’re 2 players short of a true title team. Its crazy, we could still win it with a group like this, but fell KAT’s team short. I guess that’s why they play the games, as the saying goes. Do they have to play the games?



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:23 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      It helps that there are no great teams this year. There aren’t even any really good teams this year. Just a whole lot of “pretty good” ones. But EVERYONE has at least one significant flaw.



  29. za
    10:40 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

    It’s not fair to fault Briscoe for being the third best guard behind Monk and Fox. Don’t forget that Mulder has gotten minutes in games and done nothing. One could also fault the odd line up on the fact that Wenyen sometimes is good, but mostly non-existent or that Willis can’t guard anybody when he plays at the 3.



    • unbridled
      11:50 am February 21, 2017 Permalink

      No. No sir. Briscoe’s turnovers, shot selection, and poor shooting are on briscoe. Do we want to win or do we want to coddle briscoe’s “self esteem?”



    • Skeps
      1:08 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      Not sure why everyone points to Willis’s lack of defense as a reason not to play him. There’s not a single player on this team that can defend. Not one. So if you can’t stop anyone don’t you think you should have offense on the floor? Perhaps play Gabriel and Willis at the same time. Why only one or the other? That’s two extra perimeter shooters in the game. All Cal does is let Monk shoot threes and if his aren’t falling then the 3 point shot is completely abandoned. Then it’s all about driving the ball into a near guaranteed turnover because the other team will pack it in and wait for it or the post feed to Bam. Every team has Kentucky figured out. If they hit 3s the floor is much more wide open to creativity.



  30. lexslamman
    12:48 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    I think Briscoe is our best player. There are times when the freshmen look lost, spent or totally out of focus, but Briscoe is always in the game, he’s always talking, and I think that he brings a good competitor’s attitude to the game – he has running conversations with his teammates, coaches, officials and the opposing team all through the game. They’re usually conversations with all participants smiling and laughing — the only time he’s aggressive or unsportsmanlike is when he or a teammate are recipients of a hard foul. Briscoe always looks like he’s working hard, he’s engaged, and he’s having fun playing the game. More players like Briscoe, please.



    • unbridled
      3:33 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      We would be headed to the NIT…if we were lucky, if we had 5 briscoe-esk players.