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Tony Delk says start Mychal Mulder, sit Isaiah Briscoe


On the SEC Network’s Tuesday night wrap-up show, Tony Delk said what many Kentucky fans are thinking right now: Mychal Mulder needs more clock.

Although, Delk went even further than that, saying Mulder should start over Isaiah Briscoe.

“I like guys who can make shots from the outside,” Delk said. “And that would be Mulder. So when you have Fox — he’s really good at getting into the paint, creating opportunities for his teammates — but what he does a good job of is finding shooters on the outside, and when Mulder comes in, it stretches the floor, he’s long, he’s athletic, he can finish at the basket and he can put the ball on the floor.”

“Fox, I really like him when he has a bunch of shooters on the court and you have Willis, Mulder and Monk… You need driving lanes when you’re a guard and you need shooters on the outside. The game has changed and it is all about knocking down shots from outside. Making that three-pointer is something every team needs to go into the tournament.”

I agree wholeheartedly with Tony and it’s nice to hear someone with the credibility of TD (and Pat Bradley, who agreed with Tony on the show) make the argument that the offense needs more shooters. Teams are packing it inside and it’s only making things harder on De’Aaron Fox, who is arguably the best offensive weapon with his driving ability. Surround De’Aaron with shooters and he has the lanes to attack and more than one option outside for the long ball. That’s the way Kentucky needs to play, with Briscoe coming in as needed as the sixth man.

Give Fox the rock, surround him with shooters, and let Bam sit back and get all the putbacks and lobs.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

49 Comments for Tony Delk says start Mychal Mulder, sit Isaiah Briscoe

  1. AGSlater
    12:27 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah. sounds good. Cal is a stubborn mule. It wont happen.

    • syrin23
      1:05 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly. He kept the Harrison twins in when they played terrible. With Briscoe in, it’s 4v5 on offense. It doesn’t get much better next year as the knock on the team is poor outside shooting. The NBA has gone to a stretch and drive game with shooters. Cal has not. It’s not a co-incidence that he won his only title with Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Wiltjer.

    • CATandMONKEY
      1:09 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Not blown away by Briscoe but he averages 14 a game. Facts weaken your argument considerably. Regardless of how the NBA chooses to scheme offenses.

    • EdC
      7:01 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      The point many of us have been trying to make is we are sick of a roster of NBA players. Briscoe isn’t perfect but he is a good solid 4 year college player and our fan base gives him non stop crap.

      There is absolutely an argument that we need more outside shooting. That doesn’t make Briscoe garbage.

    • CATandMONKEY
      7:14 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      I actually agree Ed. He is not garbage. He can and has given us a lot but can be infuriating as hell. He needs a shorter leash at times. The comments that he gives us zero offense are not backed up by stats.
      Could he give more reliable offense? Absolutely.

    • damage_control
      7:48 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      The “I hate watching a college team full of NBA talent” take is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:44 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yes it is dumb but you must consider the source.

  2. maximumscott
    12:36 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe plays good defense and actually dives for 50/50 balls, and typically guards their best player. Mulder doesnt do half of that. Thats i why it wont happen. We will lose too much on defense.

  3. ArtSmass
    12:36 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Cue the “basketball bennies” retort from Cal in 3…2…1…

    12:39 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I TOTALLY agree with Tony Delk, Mulder needs to be starting. Unfortunately, Cal will turn a deaf ear to this suggestion. We’ll see if Cal is serious about making the team better.

    • damage_control
      7:49 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Will you feel the same if his man scores 15 pts in the first half?

    • catsarerunnin
      8:46 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      He probably won’t but you won’t see that here.

    • Skeps
      10:12 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah damage_control, Briscoe plays awesome defense. That’s not a Briscoe apologist created myth or anything. He never gets burned.

    • damage_control
      11:45 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Everybody gets burnt – I’m far from a Briscoe apologist. He drives me crazy too, but if you really think that there isn’t a huge difference in his defense, rebounding and passing skills over Mulder you’re watching a different game than I am.

  5. Sublem
    1:02 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    No, instead it should be Hawkins

    • Mc12
      9:58 am February 22, 2017 Permalink


  6. Blue Jesus
    1:06 am February 22, 2017 Permalink


    Now that would be a potent offense. Fox driving and dishing, three shooters, and Bam. Then, when we build up a lead, the defensive duo of Briscoe and Hawkins can rotate in and help maintain the lead (and whoever isn’t starting between Willis and Gabriel). Tweak!

    1:11 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    If there was any consistency with either Willis or Wenyen we would have only one or two losses.

    • CATandMONKEY
      1:12 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      …and of course I meant to reply to #6. Stupid Duff beer.

    • catdaddyd
      6:33 pm February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Hard to be consistent when you get yanked if you drop a pass or miss a shot. Willis and Wenyen look over at the bench everytime down the court to see if they are coming out.

  8. StuckinLville
    1:20 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    His 6 turnovers tonight should be enough to do it. That’s ridiculous when you aren’t the starting point guard. But Tony is right, you have to have shooters on the floor for Fox to drive. Just bring Briscoe off the bench.

  9. Luether
    1:22 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s face it, this team is just not ready to make a strong tournament run. Of course, everyone said the same thing about the Brandon Knight team…

    • damage_control
      7:58 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Or the 2014-2015 team that managed to navigate the toughest bracket I’ve ever seen all the way to the Championship game. Not saying I’m not totally frustrated watching these guys. I am. But we all have recent memory to help us gain perspective on just how much these games are or aren’t reflective of how they do in March.

    • Skeps
      10:16 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      The Brandon Knight team had great shooters and could hit free throws. Lamb, Miller, Knight could drain 3s. Harrelson could hit a jumpshot. How many shooters this team have? Only 1 with a green light and when he’s off its game over

  10. Kat4Life
    6:26 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    This is an unfortunate byproduct of the players first mentality. Like the Harrison twins Cal feels obligated to give Briscoe his minutes. He is absolutely focused on getting Briscoe into the second round of the NBA draft. Ain’t going to happen. He needs to sitting down and start someone who can actually play offense.

    • EdC
      7:06 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      I agree except players first isn’t exactly how the story plays out in reality. It’s Cal’s favorite players first. In his bull headedness he manages to forget about all the others that he isn’t really trying to get into the NBA … you know, the ones that weren’t already going to get in regardless of what team they play on. If he doesn’t get Briscoe into the NBA it looks very bad for Cal because Briscoe was very highly touted out of HS … same for Harrison twins. He knows that Fox, Monk and Bam are going to get there so he can’t really look bad with them.

    • damage_control
      7:54 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      You need to look at reality a little closer – Elite 8, Final 4, NCAA Champions, NCAA Runner-Up, Final 4 in his first 7 seasons. Not to mention all the SEC Championships & Tourney Championships. Not to mention 8-2 vs UofL. Not to mention a winning record vs UNC (can’t remember the last coach who had that series in his favor). You seem to be deluded into thinking that Cals “player first” model has come at the expense of the program but if you truly believe that you have a serious issue seeing what’s directly in front of you.

    • EdC
      8:14 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      No you have just bought into Cal’s desire to change the goal from championships. You are the perfect Cal fan and will continue to contribute to the turnstile of players that really don’t care about UK. It is very fashionable to hate Pitino and yea he bailed on us but when he did he had built a sustainable model for success that included a mix of players that kept solid junior and senior leadership. He also built a program that ALWAYS had heart on the floor. We don’t have that. Meanwhile for all the Pitino hate he has won as many championships during Cals time at UK as Cal has. Krycrysky has won 2 and even UConn has won 2. All of those programs have a lot fewer pros than Cal has had.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:53 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Yes I’m tired of all the losing and watching talented players. Let’s hire a coach who wins a title EVERY year. I hear Tom Creen may be available soon.

  11. JusSayin
    7:11 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Where did this “Calipari won’t sit 5 star players” myth come from. We have 5 star players on the bench who never play right now. (SKJ)

  12. damage_control
    7:45 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    That is a good suggestion for the offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately Mulder hasn’t proven that he can guard very well. So you may score a few extra points but how many points do you give up with Briscoe not guarding the other teams’ best offensive threat?

  13. blackmilk23
    8:04 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not 100% sold on Briscoe but here are the main reasons we lost games:

    1. Defense
    2. Rebounding

    Taking Briscoe off the floor exacerbates those gaps. Not being able to hit 3s is a problem but if our SHOOTING GAURD and STRETCH 4s would give us the consistent shooting we start them for it wouldn’t be a problem.

    Mulder needs more minutes. But he only got 9 with Briscoe playing 20 minutes and fouling out. So some of those need to come from Hawkins who also an inefficient scorer. (below 27% from 3 below 40% from the floor)

    • JusSayin
      8:16 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      I believe they call it “robbing Peter to pay Paul” and in this case Peter needs the money more.

      We should just start 4 guards.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:54 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      We have lost 5 games this year. The empire is in ruins…

    • blackmilk23
      9:12 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      catsarerunnin – I’m not one of “those” fans. We are 23 – 5 thats okay especially with a young team. But if people are talking about sitting Briscoe I feel the need to point out that our best teams played defense and rebounding. He’s arguably pound for pound the best at those things on the team.

    • catsarerunnin
      9:42 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      blackmilk – My response was to JusSayin who is one of “those” fans.

  14. playmorezeppelin
    8:08 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I miss Anthony Davis

  15. kjd
    8:18 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Have to call you out Drew. Yesterday’s good and bad Briscoe article, you finished up stating he needs to play. Now, you agree with Delk. Sit him. Please clarify your position.

  16. TJ
    8:46 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I guarantee Mulder will start before the regular season ends. I’d put $100 on it right now.

    • Mc12
      10:01 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Good bet with a senior day game.

  17. TJ
    8:48 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I guarantee Mulder will start before the regular season ends. I’d bet $100 on it right now.

    • Farmboy131313
      11:43 pm February 22, 2017 Permalink

      I’ll do you one better, I bet $1,000 the game he starts will be against Vandy…ooooooo

  18. chrisg18
    8:55 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    I love Cal. I think he is great. But I do wonder if his preferred style (roster full of athletes who can drive despite shooting skills) is going to get left behind with the current trend in basketball. The game is becoming a shooters game and Cal has never recruited a bunch of shooters. He loves athleticism. He loves kids who can drive the ball 1v1. What is trending in the pros will trickle down to the college game (it already is), and Cal’s style could get left behind.

    By the way I don’t really think Mulder is the answer. He is our best shooter, but his deficiency defensively is too great to give him big minutes. There are no magic answers this year. If a select few guys (Monk, Willis, Gabriel) are not hitting from outside, we will really struggle offensively. Just reality.

  19. blackmilk23
    9:16 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    The real issue is that Cal needs world class shot blockers to have a good defensive team. Our teams that don’t have an Anthony Davis or a Karl Towns are just okay.

    As a matter of fact that 8 seeded team started playing better when Dakari Johnson and WCS all of sudden started blocking shots. We usually credit the turnaround to the twins (for good reason) but shot blocking improved dramatically too.

    • Skeps
      10:20 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

      Incorrect. That team turned it around due to perimeter shooting. The “”tweak” was passing it to open shooters. Had nothing to do with blocked shots.

  20. Capurnicus
    10:01 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    Completely agree with him. Adds length and spaces the floor better.

    Having 2/3 guards on the floor that don’t shoot well just makes the offense difficult.

    This all being said, it will probably never happen.

  21. Biscuits Old Dad
    10:16 am February 22, 2017 Permalink

    A lot of folks upset with the “players first” philosophy…..
    Well, tell me, who SHOULD it be about? Me? You? The old man down the road? The players ARE the team, not you and me. It should be about them. How many of us really understand what these kids have to do to play Div. 1 college basketball? The practices, the road trips, not to mention dealing with fan’s crazy expectations all the while trying to stay eligible so they can keep playing. How many of us, when we were the age of these kids, could take the constant scrutiny and criticism they take?
    Tell me who’s got a better record than Cal since he’s been here. There may be some as good or almost as good, but that number is very small. This mindset of we must win a championship every year is absurd.
    They’re 23-5. Have some of the games been ugly? Hell yes. Have they lost some they shouldn’t have? Certainly. Will that continue to happen? Most likely.
    We’ve got the most storied program in the sport, and a Hall of Fame coach who puts a good team on the floor year after year.
    Life is good.