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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Malik Monk Should Channel His Inner-Patrick Sparks

I think one of the most underrated individual performances in UK history was Patrick Sparks against Alabama in 2005.  That team, which would go on to the Elite 8, was struggling mightily with a ranked ‘Bama squad (remember those days?) and Sparks basically won the game himself.  He finished with 7 threes, 26 points overall and the Cats went on to win the SEC Championship.  Well, this team is struggling too and I think it is time Malik Monk had an elite game in a road contest.  In conference, Monk has done the following:

at Ole Miss: 34 points, 11-16 fg, 5-7 3p
at Mississippi State: 14 points, 5-14 fg, 0-3 3p
at Tennessee: 25 points, 7-19 fg, 3-13 3p
at Florida: 11 points, 4-14 fg, 3-7 3p

COMBINED: 21.0 ppg, 42.8% fg, 36.6% 3p
LAST 3 GAMES COMBINED: 16.6 ppg, 34.0% fg, 26.0% 3p 

Against Ole Miss, Monk was strong.  But Kentucky was winning big that entire game.  It’s a lot easier to have a strong game when you are way ahead.  In his last 3 conference road games, his shooting percentage has plummeted from everywhere on the floor.  And not surprisingly, those were each tough games, with UK losing 2 of them.  It’s time for Monk to put it together for a big game in a tough contest, which I expect the Alabama game to be.  Maybe I’ll be wrong and the Cats will blow them, but if it is a tight game, I want to see elite Monk again.  So channel your inner-Patrick Sparks and bring home a performance for the ages in Tuscaloosa.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

8 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Malik Monk Should Channel His Inner-Patrick Sparks

  1. catsarerunnin
    8:56 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

    “Against Ole Miss,Monk was strong. But Kentucky was winning big the entire game.” Take away his 34 and how big do they win?

  2. RackEmWillie
    9:29 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

    I broke up with my first college girlfriend over this game. She was an anti-Kentucky Hoosier, and I hadn’t fully experienced that yet.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:58 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe you should consider a litmus test for potential girlfriends, such as they use for candidates to the Supreme Court.

    • catsarerunnin
      10:03 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

      Well he would have to wait weeks or months for conformation of said girlfriend if he did that.

  3. zod
    9:59 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

    Ummm… BTI, did yo mean “blow them out” or “blow by them”? Because the way it’s stated now, I’m not sure I want to watch this game.

  4. whack0001
    10:36 am February 10, 2017 Permalink

    How about we have a team win instead of one person carrying us?

    • ThatsAShame
      12:23 pm February 10, 2017 Permalink

      Like the UConn teams of Napier and Walker…. oh wait.

      Point is that in college you can have one player carry a team. I’m totally okay with that as long as we win.