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Where was Skal?

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After watching Skal Labissiere struggle through the first half of the season, his 11 points in 20 minutes against Arkansas were enlightening.

After seeing the good side of Skal, people wanted more.  With a pair of 7-footers in the paint, one a 3-point shooter, seeing more of Skal was expected.  Instead, he only played 4 minutes.  

The first reaction: is he hurt?  He wasn’t hurt, but he was a bad matchup, according to Calipari.  “I didn’t think today was the game for Skal.  He’s fine. It was a decision that I made.”

Instead of watching him play poorly and put down the progress in his confidence, I’d rather watch him not play at all.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

28 Comments for Where was Skal?



  1. UKBoo
    6:48 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    Get off the kid’s back! God, you are so immature. Derek and Alex gave UK what they needed inside I really didn’t see much of a reason to sub. Why not be thrilled UK produced instead of downing a kid right after an impressive win? How about this headline.. Nick makes yet another stupid ass post? When will he post something that is worth while? Sounds about right…



    • catswildjshep
      7:22 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      Are you serious? How is this a stupid post? All of BBN is wondering why he didn’t play. He just came off of a big game and we all know we will need him down the stretch. Can you please explain why you called Nick’s post immature? And please be mature with your answer. (You know give at least three reasons why it’s an immature post)



  2. WeareBBN
    7:00 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    On the flip side Boo, he needs the game time, especially vs the bigger, stronger, experienced bigs of Vandy so he can learn. We had a enough control of the game to get him some of that experience.



    • UKBoo
      7:49 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve heard Cal say he needs the game time. I think there is a double standard in that regard. Why should each player not earn their time in practice in the same manner? I think Skal would be much further along if things weren’t given to him, but Cal is much more qualified to make that judgement than I, Which leads to MY post. Cal is much more qualified than I, Nick or anyone else here. This lead could have been about Derek’s 9-10 rebounds, It could have been about how well UK played team defense and took Vandy our of what they wanted to do. It could have been about how Ulis ruled the game, Or how well Murray played. No, this post was about how much a single guy… A coach’s decision,, How much one guy didn’t play. How about some simple information for Nick.. Vandy was the biggest team UK has played. It was the matchup from hell right now for Skal. Why lead with knocking a kid instead of celebrating how well the guys played?



    • catswildjshep
      8:14 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      How did he knock the kid? I have re read this multiple time maybe I’m missing something. Still can’t see how he is knocking the kid?



  3. Stopover
    7:01 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    If there is a basketball around……*poof*……Skal disappears.



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:07 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      If UK plays Louisville…. *poof*……. the Cats always win.



    • cats paw
      7:13 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      if big boards speaks “poof”, louisville or cats paw comes out of his mouth! we own him!



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:00 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      #L1C8, bitch.

      Who owns who? 😉



    • catsarerunnin
      8:17 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      I own a brain.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:37 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      Not cats paw. 😉



  4. nickyd
    7:03 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    I thought I saw him get out late on a 3 point shooter who made the shot and immediately Cal jumped up and call for a sub. And that was the last we saw Skal until end of game. I could be wrong but I think I saw that.



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      7:19 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      On the radio they said they heard Kenny Payne telling Skal if he didn’t guard the 3, he’d be right back on the bench again.



    • leon singleton
      7:31 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      The last time Skal was in when a rebound came at him he ducked it, The wheels come off when Skal is in.



  5. jch67
    7:43 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    So, this is what it’s like to have a “normal” freshman…



  6. KatsKlaws
    8:51 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    Jesus Christ, Ya’ll bitch when he plays, then you bitch when he doesn’t …..some of the people here are the dumbest I have encountered. It’s a good thing you can hid behind the anonymity of a screen name because really don’t want the world to put a face on stupidity.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:56 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      Its the same ones every time, too……



    • catswildjshep
      9:03 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      I literally signed up just so I could ask WTF are you talking about to someone. Maybe I’m the sucker. Should let idiots get me fired up but my god people don’t think logically before they post dumb shit.



  7. blueballs80
    9:07 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    We won. It’s all good. Cal knows how to play his line up better than most posters here.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:10 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      We won. It’s all good. Cal knows how to play his line up better than ALL posters here.

      FTFY



    • catswildjshep
      9:14 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      Am I considered a poster UK Big Board?



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:33 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      Yep.



    • catswildjshep
      9:40 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      UK Big Board please copy and paste what I said that you don’t like.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:16 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      You never said anything I didn’t agree with….



    • catswildjshep
      10:34 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      I’ll take it UK Big Board. BBN



  8. catswildjshep
    9:38 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    Of course. Now where did I give my line up advise?

    FTFY



  9. Rixter
    10:16 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

    I am apparently the ONLY person who heard Cal address this after the game?

    Jerry Tipton asked Cal point blank what he thought of Derek Willis’ play, even though Derek’s shot wasn’t falling, and Cal’s reply was (and I quote ) “I didn’t play Skal because i didn’t think this was a good matchup for him, they have older bigs, and the way they play, shooting a lot of threes. It was nothing Skal did or didn’t do, just my decision”.

    Now, I have no idea how that relates to Jerry’s question, just Cal being Cal.



    • catswildjshep
      10:26 pm January 23, 2016 Permalink

      YOU ARE NOT the only person that heared that. Rixter why is there so many people that think Nick’s post is dumb? As if he is saying wtf was Cal thinking?! Nick was simply posting about a question that popped in all of our minds. People on this post are so dumb in knocking him for posting this. I really just hope you agree with me. Feel like I’m the only UK fan that understands this on this post. (Besides a few that I can tell)

      Is there anyone else in BBN that agrees with another BBN member?! If I’m off base please state why.