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Breaking down last night’s ugly win (Wednesday Show Thread)

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Ryan will review Kentucky’s ugly win over Mississippi State, hopefully without technical difficulties. Because they’re also two people who live in the United States, they’ll probably also talk about tonight’s $1.5 Billion Powerball jackpot, and how Calipari tried to turn that into a teachable moment for his players.

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50 Comments for Breaking down last night’s ugly win (Wednesday Show Thread)



  1. UK_JB
    9:46 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    We should of won by a lot more!! Was the post game show interesting? I missed it… I couldn’t stay awake for it.

    I like that Cal bought a powerball ticket. Cal would win it too.



    • ukjaybrat
      9:57 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      knowing him… he’d probably donate most of it to charity



    • RealCatsFan
      10:15 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I thought they looked pretty good for much of the game, but then the outside shots stopped falling and MSU started hitting theirs. I thought we spent way too much time passing around the perimeter and settling for outside shots. Skal needs to MOVE his ass around inside to get open. He just stands there!



    • RealCatsFan
      10:17 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I was at the game, and when Cal came out afterwards and addressed the crowd with his PowerBall stump speech, it was some of the best Evangelical Cal ever! He has a bright future as a Baptist minister if he ever wants to change faiths.



  2. secrick
    9:52 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t like the fact that if you make one mistake you are coming out of the game. Hell Matthews, Mulder and Willis are gun shy now and they would get more rebounds and points if they got the playing time Lee, Poythress and Skal is getting. Let them play through the mistakes.



    • Laker Cat 18
      9:57 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Poythress is capable, just wont. Skal is almost incapable and just can’t. Lee is lazy in the aspect that he would rather foul than play good defense. Willis has a little Poythress in him. Shots he makes, he gives up on defense. Mulder and Matthews fights. That’s all I’m asking for.



    • ukjaybrat
      9:58 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Taking them out isn’t necessarily a punishment. you take them out so they KNOW what they did wrong. half the time, they don’t even know. you pull them out, sit them down and it’s a teaching moment. then they go back in after a couple minutes.



    • Cat House
      10:45 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      One defensive mistake is all it should take to get the hook. Offensive miscues are another matter.



    • UKALLDAY1
      2:10 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Willis doesn’t play ANY defense and gets destroyed on the boards. Cal needs to move him to the 3 IMMEDIATELY, when he is at the 4 the other team goes CRAZY on the offensive glass, like its almost sad how he just allows himself to get boxed out.



  3. Laker Cat 18
    9:59 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Shoutout to Briscoe. Player of the game last night by far. We lose that game without him.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:18 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      He came out to be interviewed by Tom Leach after the game and was very humble.



    • Laker Cat 18
      10:23 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I’ve been hard on him. Glad he carried us last night. Defensive intensity resembles MKG at times.



  4. RealCatsFan
    10:18 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    That spinning circus free throw by Tyler generated the most body English from UK fans since the famous Patrick Sparks 3-pointer that danced on the rim against Mich St.



  5. J-Dub421
    10:18 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Everyone bitches about Alex, but he was absolutely clutch late in the game last night and we would have lost without him. Alex made every play in the last 2-3 minutes. He hit all his free throws late. When we needed the rebound, Alex got the rebound. When we needed a defensive stop, Alex got the stop. Point being, when we really needed him, Alex stepped up. I understand people’s frustration when Alex disappears, but no one gives him credit when he does well.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:20 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      When Alex was at the line for those FT’s, I told my daughter that I was glad it was him with the senior leadership up there. I would take either him or Tyler late in the game for critical FT’s. Murray comes in as a third choice.



    • ukjaybrat
      10:28 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      i agree that he was great in the last 2 minutes when it mattered. but if he showed up the other 38 minutes of the game, it wouldn’t have been close and he wouldn’t have NEEDED to be clutch”



    • Realme
      10:28 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Totally agree. I think it’s funny how when he has a good game, people act like it’s the first time he’s ever done so. He is what he is, and what he is is a guy that has helped us to a lot of wins, but isn’t going to be the go to guy for every game.



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:01 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Alex was the #8 player in the country when he came into UK. He has had good games, but he has also had a very few great games. He has shown a very few times what he is capable of and that is probably his biggest mistake and my reason for criticism. He is a player who should be averaging 15 & 10, especially with no other inside presence on the team.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:11 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Laker, I think part of Alex’s problem is that he is a very intelligent, thoughtful, and pensive dude who tends to overthink things instead of just acting on them. I just think he has a laid back personality in general. He will succeed in life, but I don’t know if he has the fire in his belly to be a high level basketball player consistently like he is physically capable of.



    • J-Dub421
      11:14 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      People keep expecting Alex to be a leader and be dominant, but that goes against his whole personality. He’s a shy, quiet, introvert. That will never change.



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:29 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I agree with you. It is 100% mental.



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:35 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      If Alex is not willing to change his outlook on the game and the level of effort he is willing to exert, he may want to put more of a focus on his degree opposed to his potential to play at the next level. I have no idea what his future plans are. He may have no interest whatsoever in the NBA. Can he do it? Yes. Will he? It’s doubtful.



    • RexRox
      5:57 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Alex already has his degree. I don’t believe he will have much of a pro career, but he will be very successful in whatever career he chooses. He doesn’t creating shots. Cal has said as much. His forte is ‘letting the game come to him’. On those night that the game DOES come to him, he looks like an All-American and much of BBN seems to think the giant has awoken. On those nights when the game doesn’t come to him, his stat line is unimpressive and much of BBN seems to think he wasn’t trying. Ditto Marcus Lee.



  6. RealCatsFan
    10:22 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    The funniest part of Cal’s post game Powerball speech was the kid in the toboggan standing off to the side holding up his ball to be signed. Cal was in full Italian mode with all the hand gestures flying, so he obviously was not signing any balls at the time. The look on this kid’s face as he held the ball up like Lady Liberty holding her torch was priceless. Wish I had taken a picture of him. 😀



  7. CATandMONKEY
    10:33 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Wow- Lee in competition with KY Joe for most embarrassing UK fan.



  8. RealCatsFan
    10:39 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Jurich strikes again!!



  9. RealCatsFan
    10:45 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I was sitting 15 feet away from Cal when he erupted, and it was hilarious. Made me want to jump out of my seat and grab a ball.



  10. JoeMoney333
    10:50 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I just can’t like Derrick Willis. Part is his defensive liability but a big part is the ridiculous love he also gets from some crazy UK fans.



    • J-Dub421
      11:08 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I like Derek Willis, he seems like a nice kid. His offense is good and he has a wide shot selection. He is also a very good passer and can set up his teammates for easy scores. But his defense makes me want to throw things.

      What I don’t understand is why the fan base seems to love Willis so much and overlook his weaknesses, but can’t do the same for other players (like Alex for instance). Alex give much more consistent production on offense and defense, but people bash him, yet they ignore when Willis consistently disappears on defense.



    • ukjaybrat
      11:16 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      not that i’m defending either for their poor performance, but willis “might” be overlooked for his weaknesses because he doesn’t play as often. Alex has had almost 3 full seasons worth of games and should not be as inconsistent as he is. just a guess



    • RealCatsFan
      11:22 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      With Derek, part of it is that he is a Kentucky kid, but also part of it is that he is a white kid with supposedly limited athletic talent. Not saying it is necessarily a racial thing, but the perspective of some is that he is the “Rudy” type that they just want to pull for. The fact is that he is long and very athletic, but that is not realized by a lot of fans. Dom is also a Kentucky kid, and he deserves more love, IMO. If we could mix Dom’s defense with Derek’s offense we would have a pretty good package.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:23 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I also think that Derek is too content to hang around on the perimeter. He needs to slash to the basket more often. He is capable of doing this.



    • J-Dub421
      11:25 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I get that Jay, but Willis has been getting more consistent minutes this season, and is a junior.

      I feel like Alex isn’t quite as inconsistent as people think he is. With Willis the question is: does he score enough points to make up for the points he gives up?



    • Laker Cat 18
      11:32 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      The answer to that question right now is no, the difference doesn’t make him deserving to be on the floor in my opinion. Similar situation as Wiltjer.



    • The Rest of the story
      12:46 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      And yet Gonzaga has a guy we know with the same liabilities as Willis and he is getting player of the year possibility. Wonder what Mark Few knows that Cal cannot figure out.



    • J-Dub421
      1:32 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Wiltjer is still a defensive liability, but Gonzaga plays a crap schedule, so they get by anyway. There’s a reason Gonzaga loses every time they play anyone good/athletic.



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:33 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Mark Few has ever made it past the Elite Eight in the 15 years he’s been at Gonzaga.



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:33 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      *never



    • RexRox
      6:02 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I think the love for Willis is simply because he is a Kentucky kid. I think Dom gets much the same reaction from the crowd. He is a big-time defensive liability and doesn’t play like a big man around the basket. I think Cal may have actually given him TOO MANY minutes late in the game last night.



  11. RealCatsFan
    10:50 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Cal is speaking from the perspective of life as a public figure who never gets any real privacy. Springing that suddenly on the average person can absolutely drive them crazy and ruin their life. As the saying goes, money does not ensure happiness – sometimes quite the opposite.



    • JoeMoney333
      10:53 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Money fixes problems by replacing them with new ones.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:59 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Joe, I have known quite a few very well off people who were some of the most miserable people I have ever met. Drama just seems to follow them, even though they have more money than they know what to do with. Conversely, I know people who don’t have a pot to pi$$ in who are very content. A lot has to do with your personal perspective in life and your upbringing. If you have to have “stuff” to make you happy you are in for a lot of heartbreak coming down the pike at you. “Stuff” gives you a temporary high, and then it wears off and you have to go looking for more “stuff”.



  12. Cat House
    10:51 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Jamal Murray IS all world imo.



    • RexRox
      6:05 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      Tons of potential. Certainly would not trade him for Malik Newman. BUT, he needs to seriously work on his defense.



  13. RealCatsFan
    11:09 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Give the mascot some slack – it can’t be easy to shoot a basketball wearing big furry gloves with your vision partially obstructed.



  14. Laker Cat 18
    11:30 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t get all the knocking of Malik Newman. We have our own guys who have not panned out as expected. We have a few on the team currently who have not lived up to the “hype.”



    • J-Dub421
      11:40 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t get why people knock 18-19 year old players. They are not a finished product. Wait a few years and see how they develop.



    • Laker Cat 18
      12:05 pm January 13, 2016 Permalink

      We can’t wait a couple of years to see how they develop. This is a one-and-done system. We can’t judge them by years with some of these guys. WIllis, Poythress, yes. In general, no. They’re going into the real world after their experience at UK, they better thicken their skin up if they think it’s all rainbows and unicorns.

      With that said, I love the players we have and hope they eventually “get it” by March.



  15. J-Dub421
    11:38 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    Since several of us have been having discussions about Alex and Derek, it made me start thinking about the role reputation/perception plays in sports. People expect more from Alex because he was highly ranked coming out of high school and because of his ridiculous athleticism.

    For example, Boogie has a reputation as a “thug” even though he doesn’t get in trouble off the court. Boogie has cut way down on his emotional outbursts in the last two seasons of the NBA, but he still gets a lot of fouls called on him (including flagrants). I think Boogie does not get the benefit of the doubt from refs because of his reputation. He’s had flagrant fouls called on him when other players have straight flopped (Chris Paul) and the refs will always call it, even if they didn’t see anything and without review, just because it’s Boogie. It will be nearly impossible for him to alter people’s perception for the rest of his career, even though he has made great strides towards maturity. Once your reputation is set, it’s set.



  16. [email protected]
    11:39 am January 13, 2016 Permalink

    “Went to Minnesota, burned some kind with Yoda.”