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What’s with all the technicals?

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This year’s Kentucky team has a disturbing trend, and it’s not just the lack of an interior presence. Through 16 games, the Cats have amassed 10 technical fouls. For comparison’s sake, last year’s team only had five the entire season. So, double the number in less than half the time. Yikes.

There’s no denying this group is chippy, especially the guards, and while I’m all for having a chip on your shoulder, 10 technicals in 16 games is way too many. The biggest offender? Jamal Murray with three technicals, followed by Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe with two each, and Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, and Skal Labissiere with one a piece.

Last night, both Briscoe and Ulis picked up techs for a pointless scuffle under the basket:

I think in the right situation, a technical can actually help a team by firing them up, etc., but the majority of this season’s technicals have been for players running their mouths. So far, the Cats’ technicals haven’t come back to haunt them, but if tempers keep flaring and players can’t keep their mouths shut, they might.

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20 Comments for What’s with all the technicals?



  1. bgkycat
    6:11 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Well timed technical by a coach can light fire…using a technical by a player does the opposite.

    Even though I thought the technicals last night were cheap, they just need to stop jawing and play basketball. The team isn’t mentally tough right now & that could be the root of the problem.



  2. RexRox
    6:15 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I really don’t have an issue with it. Most do come from the guards. Wish the big’s had some of that competitive fire.



  3. sckysportsink
    6:41 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    When officials hold up a game in the final minutes to look at an obvious miscall on a replay video and still get it wrong, you have to somewhat question the abilities of those officials. The technicals may have been deserved, but other more aggressive pushing/shoving seems to get ignored.



  4. Ken Grizzle
    6:53 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    The technicals should have never been called. Another blown assignment by Tony Green & Roger Ayers, as was the out of bounds call late in the game. Replay clearly showed it was touched last by Miss. St.



  5. GroundControlToNumber9
    6:59 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler… leave the men behavior to the men.

    We have 3 winners as guards. Ulis, Murray, and Briscoe are chippy… not use to seeing that? We’ll yea… you’ve had Harrison’s for 3 years.

    John Wall and Demarcus Cousins would tell you that a player who owns the floor acts like it.

    Our guards are pissed that they have been matched up with the WEAKEST FRONTCOURT IN UK HISTORY. Can you imagine being born to come to UK and you get what they’ve been handed? Seriously People… WEAK $h!+ is in the building!

    Next year that changes… but until then get use to the part-timers on the baseline.

    Such a bunch of crap. They should stay in the regular dorms if they’re part-timers.



    • J-Dub421
      8:05 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

      Stow your sexism dude.



  6. GroundControlToNumber9
    7:09 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Our entire FRONTCOURT is log-jammed with backups that are part-timers.

    They are so nice… Cal should dismiss them all so they can go play the piano and write poetry.

    They will need to have, you know, those things they care about for when basketball is over… because it will be over… really soon.

    Lil’ Sweet ‘Playhouse’ Roster Call:

    Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Isaac Humphries, Skal Labissiere, Derek Willis

    The softest FRONTCOURT since the Coury Floury



    • CATandMONKEY
      7:11 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Somebody is projecting…



    • GroundControlToNumber9
      7:18 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Someone doesn’t know the definition of psychological terminology they are throwing around.

      Projecting requires one to be defending themselves against their own unpleasant impulses.

      In this case… there is no blame to be shifted. Just a weak Lil’ Sweet front court.

      Good try though! That you Lil’ Sweet?



    • GroundControlToNumber9
      7:28 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      You should read some Gestalt and learn how deflection is easier to spot than a Lil’ Sweet front court at UK.



    • damage_control
      9:32 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      What if you’re defending the inadequacy of you own ummm “front court”? You know what I’m talking about. If you’re unsure, please refer to Gestalt for clarification.



    • GroundControlToNumber9
      1:02 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

      Their limp play champions your support in such breathtaking ways Lil’ Sweet.

      Maybe you can coddle them and make them softer.



  7. GroundControlToNumber9
    7:48 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    This team isn’t even in the top 25 http://collegebasketball.ap.org/poll-voter/seth-davis

    Don’t let anyone (Matt Jones) spin you on this as “Seth Davis” needs attention. Seth Davis doesn’t have a history of doing that. What he does have a history of doing it calling it like he sees it.

    Our lack of away games so far is hiding our true record and Seth sees it. But if you know basketball and are willing to call it out as is Kentucky’s Lil’ Sweet Front Court is being made to look way better than it is by pesky guards who won’t accept losing.

    Our front can’t compete with most top 25 teams. And if it’s a road game mail it in people.

    A 7-8 Miss St. team waltz into Rupp and took Lil’ Sweet to the wire. Our front court disappears and cannot compete against 3 star recruits at other schools.

    This has nothing to do with the system… it’s the personnel. Humphries and Tai still have a chance but hopefully those others don’t rub off on them.



  8. GroundControlToNumber9
    7:55 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Can you imagine waking up and realizing that Marshall Plumlee had a career night on you?

    Yea well I’d bet our Lil Sweet Front Court thinks he’s really good.

    If Marshall Plumlee went up against any of Cal’s previous front court’s at UK… he would have had zero’s.

    But when you don’t have a mission when you wake up each day and have to keep being reminded even as an upperclassman the scouts see the writing on the wall.

    NOT SPECIAL



  9. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:05 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    When they finally start getting paid to get a free education and a luxury lifestyle they should have midseason performance reports….

    If you suck your fired.

    This team would be 5 guards then.



    • symphonist41169
      7:56 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

      Damn, dude, lay off the Jager before you type responses.



  10. Al B. Frank
    8:42 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    Is the free throw line considered “under the basket”?



  11. Sentient Third Eye
    8:47 am January 14, 2016 Permalink

    The reason for the technicals is simple. UK has a reputation this year as being soft. Teams know the way to play us is by being very physical. That causes a lot of shoving and occasionally guys on either side losing their cool. As long as we don’t respond well to physical play, our opponents are going to keep doing it. Since that strategy just turned a 20-point deficit into a close game for Mississippi State and has allowed three mediocre to bad teams to pound us, no one is likely to play us any other way for a long time.