I’m all for getting creative with lineups, especially if it means there’s an advantage for Kentucky. As I always say in these types of posts, just a reminder I am not claiming to be smarter than John Calipari – a Hall of Fame coach. I am simply throwing an idea out there based on what I’ve seen.
This is how it makes sense to get more playing time for Skal alongside Derek Willis. What’s the big advantage here a lot of people might ask? Kentucky can run an offense with a wide open lane, which bodes well for the likes of Isaiah Briscoe and Tyler Ulis. With this type of lineup you can extend Willis out to the wing and have Skal run in the high post or set high ball screens. With the open lane it gives people like Briscoe and Ulis, who are crafty ball handlers the chance to get past their defender for an easy layup or a drive and kick to a shooter.
It’s easy to say this can be done now. But, if Willis continues to rebound the way he is, you don’t lose as much on the defensive glass.