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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Have Past Blue-Whites Actually Shown us Anything?

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Ah, the Blue-White Scrimmage.  It’s that inevitable time of the year when fans get a generally unrealistic view of what this basketball team will be.  Why?  Not because you don’t see the talent oozing out of the guys.  Of course you can see that.  But when scrimmaging against your teammates, you really don’t see how a team will gel together.  Take 2013 and 2014.  The 2013 team, with freshman Harrisons, Randle, Young, and Co. had tons of talent.  But that team never really gelled until March.  You couldn’t tell that during the Blue-White game.  Then the next year, with many of the same players, that team played perfect together.  Also not able to tell that during the blue-white game.

Take a look back at all the Calipari Blue-White games and then consider how that scrimmage ended up (or not) giving us an insight into what the season would become:


-Well, we found out real quick that John Wall was going to be something special.  25 points and 11 assists while playing 39 of 40 minutes.  If there were any doubts Patterson would have any trouble in the Calipari system were smashed as he poured in 24 points and 8 boards while shooting 11 for 15.  Demarcus Cousins and Darius Miller were both solid but not standouts.  How about that sharpshooter Ramon Harris?  Led the team by hitting 4 three-pointers in just 5 attempts.  And what about our boy Jon Hood?  Took the 2nd most shots in the game, a whopping 21 attempts for Hood.


-Brandon Knight scored 37 points, Terrence Jones scored 29, Darius Miller scored 20.  This game was a very good preview of what that team would become.  Also, don’t forget that was the game Josh Harrellson pulled down 26 boards and got in trouble for it after the game.


-A total of 182 shots were put up in this game, so defense was not exactly the name of the game.  But Terrence Jones put up the greatest Blue-White exhibition we’ve ever seen with 52 points and 16 rebounds, thinking he might be 1st team All-American potential.  Jones ended up not earning those honors, it was clear his game had gone up another notch from his freshman year.  Anthony Davis scored 27, Wiltjer 27, Lamb 31, and Miller 24.  Hard to find too many guys who didn’t play well, at least on offense.


-A game dominated by guards and wings, Nerlens Noel only scored 9 points in this scrimmage.  Archie Goodwin led all scorers with 32, while Wiltjer scored 28 and Poythress 25.  Of the 138 shots attempted, only 18 were attempted by Noel and Cauley-Stein.  Of course, this actually was an accurate portrayal that UK was going to struggle on offense in the post for the season.  And the guards would tend to love to shoot.


-Who was the star coming out of this game?  Maybe Derek Willis.  His 21 points were certainly a surprise to many fans and gave hope he would be a major impact on that team.  Didn’t turn out that way.  Julius Randle showed his ability in the post and the Harrison’s showed flashes of what people thought they were going to be.  40-0 talk was not squashed after watching that game.


This game actually was a decent portrayal of that team, with balanced scoring and the Harrisons/Towns leading the way.  Weird stat from that game was Devin Booker went 9-11 of the field, and those 2 misses were the only 2 threes he put up in the game.

So, you now have 7 examples of Blue-White scrimmages during Calipari’s tenure at UK.  What do you think?  Do you gain much about how good this team might be?  Or is it just a chance to see the guys on the floor and we won’t know until real competition begins?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

4 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Have Past Blue-Whites Actually Shown us Anything?

  1. Megan
    8:30 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    What a waste of man hours. If that’s the right description.

    • Leuther
      2:23 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

      A bit negative and harsh – don’t you think?

  2. bluetwo2
    8:31 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    I must be one of the few in the BBN to not have the 2015 box score memorized! Would have been nice to be able to pull it up to compare.

  3. Chef1205
    8:33 am October 29, 2015 Permalink

    I never have gauged that much on the team based on these scrimmage games because of a couple different reasons. Usually very little defense is displayed…usually. And because of that, some players get to shine a bit more than in a real game (nothing wrong with that). I love these games because I am so starved for UK Basketball at this time of the year, and I am so anxious to see the new guys as well as the improved upperclassmen. I cannot wait to see them play against the likes of Duke and UL. Go UK!!!