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THIS TEAM IS GOOD

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The internet has been nonexistent today so I haven’t been able to put words and sentences and photos online, but I believe I’ve found a decent spot with some signal so I’ll try to get a little something up now.

THIS TEAM IS GOOD.

Buddies, yesterday I wrote that I didn’t know what to say about what I saw after two games; today I’m even more blown away after what the Cats did in their third appearance here in the Bahamas. It was the Puerto Ricans again, back for more after Sunday’s 25-point loss to UK, and this time it got even uglier. Kentucky won today’s rematch by 36 points and, by my unofficial count, half of the made field goals came from lobs. The official box score (which has been far from accurate in these games) has Kentucky down for 21 assists. If that’s the case, I’m calling 20 of them alley oops because it never seemed to stop.

The star of the game was whoever you want it to be because, again, everyone played outstanding basketball. Alex Poythress led all scorers with a 15 and 10 afternoon, his third consecutive game at his best. I realize these are silly exhibitions in the Bahamas, but he’s really trying to show us he’s turned the corner and ready to give maximum effort. When that happens, it’s over for whoever has to deal with him. He won’t be stopped.

Of course, Derek Willis is the talk of the town after he played his best game as a Cat. The sophomore version of the local boy is playing with a new confidence and he’s out to prove he deserves minutes in this mega rotation Cal has to figure out. After the game he told us, “I’m just trying to find my niche, where I fit in, and I’m starting to get there.” He said he’s coming out of his shell on this trip.

Then you have Marcus Lee, Karl Towns, Aaron Harrison and really everyone throwing in solid showings. Hell, Tod Lanter hit a three and EJ Floreal scored in transition to make it 12 players with a made bucket. It’s insane how good these guys are playing and they’re doing it as a collective unit, playing so unselfish, communicating so well, and having so much fun. Someone give me a high five right now. I’m about to hug the maid or a bell boy I’m so excited about this team.

And now it’s time to go see them enjoy the night out with the fans here at Atlantis. I’ll check in again soon, assuming the internet allows that to happen. Good talk.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

33 Comments for THIS TEAM IS GOOD



  1. Tdkyray
    7:04 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Gary ain’t gonna like this Drew!



  2. Myrtle
    7:15 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Someone needs to get a pic of Tod on the beach.



  3. Terry Blue
    7:25 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Where are the articles on the open Football Practice? It’s a little more than 2 weeks away till our first football game and we’re being overrun with articles about playing basketball against a bunch of stiffs in the Bahamas. I guess Matt Jones hasn’t learned that football pays the bills for the entire Athletic Program with the exception of basketball and is the nation’s most popular sport



    • LA
      7:44 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      This site needs a line beard and flat bill filter. This is a basketball school dude.



    • anon
      7:48 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      STFU. Stiffs? son you know nothing and who gives a rats ass if its the nations most popular sport? In Kentucky basketball is. We are playing real live games now. I’m sure when football plays a real game there will be articles then. Until then wank off to sportscenter or something.



    • Han
      8:22 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Well, futbol/soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and though the World Cup is done, there’re tons of games going on worldwide. Obviously this site should quit covering basketball and football and cover that instead.

      Quit the football whining trolling, dude. Go start a football-only site where you can cry about basketball stealing all the attention. Over here, we’ll keep looking forward to football and enjoying our best-in-the-country basketball program.



    • GeePee
      9:27 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      +1 anon… +10000 my friend!



  4. Blue Jesus
    7:28 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    (Technically Devin Booker never scores, so only 11 players with a basket–but who’s counting?)



    • Blue Jesus
      7:28 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      scored*



  5. Will
    7:30 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    I know the Clippers have “lob city” but we need to come up with something clever for this team. Any suggestions bbn? All I can this of is maybe Lobxington or LobCats…



    • rainman
      7:40 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      How about the “AIR RAID”? Hey it works for football! LOL



    • LA
      7:46 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Dunk Dynasty



    • Han
      8:34 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Lobington, Kentucky
      The Big Blue Jury – 12 of your peers here to determine your fate
      The Twelve Man Firing Squad
      Buckets by the Dozen
      The Lobstars (someone work up some Monstars photoshops)
      cLOBbering Time (cue rival fans using Slobber jokes)

      Or to play on LA below:
      Dunk D9asty



    • bobofky
      3:29 am August 13, 2014 Permalink

      KY Rainmakers



  6. LA
    7:46 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    or Dunk Die-nasty



    • LA
      7:49 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      instead of alley-oop go with alley-cat



  7. Bullitt County UK fan
    8:03 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Me and Derek Willis are from the same county.



  8. Will
    8:11 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    After some research it looks like the clippers have retired the phrase “lob city” after all. I really believe we should come up with a nickname similar to “lob city” so we can market it like “succeed and proceed” from last year.



    • Han
      8:44 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Given how tall our team is, could always go with something like “The Lexington Skyline”



    • cincicat
      8:56 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Why think so small? How about Lob Nation? Big Blue Lob Nation ( BBN -> BBLN)?



    • Will
      8:59 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      Lob Nation I like that!!



  9. Luther
    8:36 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    40 – 0, baby!



    • You do realize...
      8:58 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      You’re the only idiot saying this, right?

      Of course you don’t… you’re an idiot.



  10. bung
    8:55 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Hawkins and Ullis had 8 assists…awesome…2nd team runs and runs…stats are bogus…fast break…
    Poy is awesome…



  11. M
    9:02 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Ulis.

    Ulis.

    Randle.

    Randle.

    Ulis.

    Ulis.



  12. Casper
    9:28 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    it might be illegal, but I wish Tyler would take growth hormone and grow 3 inches.



  13. ukstu96
    9:32 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    All I know is this team is already good and they have a chance to be one of the best in years. Today, I found myself having that same feeling like I had back in 96′. I had to text my brother as he too felt that same feeling. Im so excited I really cant stand it honestly… as far as the lobs go, there will be many and many of those to come this season as Ulis and Harrison have the ability to throw the lob passes at will!! I actually like “dunk dynasty” for real… go Big Blue!



    • wildcat
      9:45 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

      this team could be better than ’96 and ’12 combined.



  14. Patrick
    9:54 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    I think cal is digging for gold( aka picking his nose)



  15. Bigblueyoda
    10:50 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    Air hug bro air hug



  16. bobofky
    3:27 am August 13, 2014 Permalink

    Rainmakers or Ky Rainmakers



  17. KyJones64
    11:30 am August 13, 2014 Permalink

    The Big Blue Wrecking Crew!!
    Lexington Towers
    Bluegrass Bombers



  18. stuart Diersen
    7:18 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Derek Willis is playing better than Booker. His length and shooting alone is a mis-match against any small forward in the nation. He will shoot over the top of anyone and his passing is great for a 6’9 small forward. I look for him to play more and get better as the year goes on.