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Moving On’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Hello, everyone. What did you do last night? You watched a basketball game? What basketball game? Kentucky? Kentucky played last night? I don’t know what you’re talking about. What loss? Are you drunk? It’s 9 a.m.

Seriously though — let’s put that game behind us and move on to the next challenge. Looking back isn’t going to get us anywhere so let’s get excited about the trip to Tuscaloosa here in a few days against another very good SEC team. We will touch on a few leftovers from last night throughout the day, but let’s not give that game the satisfaction of keeping a good Big Blue Nation down.

Losses happen. This isn’t the Kentucky team of a year ago. More losses will come and all we can do is take each one in stride and hope for improvement as the season progresses.

Keep your head up today and be the best version of yourself. This .gif of two corgis on a treadmill should get you going…

 

 

You have to like Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray calling out their teammates.

Calipari said “a couple of guards” got vocal in the locker room following the loss, calling out the team for no-showing in the game. Those two guards have to be Ulis and Murray, the only two players who showed up last night.

Ulis said afterward, “Guys came out, didn’t really want to play, didn’t play that hard, and just basically seemed like no one really played to win.”

Murray added,“It was just frustrating knowing we’re so much better.”

Johnny Jones was really excited about beating Kentucky.

He is “running off on da plug twice,” as the kids say. It’s the new thing these days, so I’m told. I’m more of a run off on the plug once kind of guy.

Jonathon Kongbo decommitted from Tennessee last night.

Days after receiving a scholarship offer from Kentucky, Kongbo, the No. 1 JUCO football player, announced he will reopen his recruitment. He will wait until National Signing Day before announcing his new decision and hopefully Kentucky will be in the mix. However, Alabama, Auburn, USC, Oregon, Florida State and many others are also in the mix, and that is some stuff competition.

Kongbo is a defensive end/linebacker hybrid and he will have three years of immediate eligibility after playing only one season at Arizona Western College, the same school that produced former UK cornerback Nate Willis.

Indiana hung a new banner in Assembly Hall.

But what does that mean? NCAA’s #1 All-Time March Madness Team?

This high school coach head-butting a referee should receive some form of punishment.

Wow.

Here’s what you should be watching tonight:

— Florida @ Tennessee, ESPN2 | 7:00 pm

— Missouri @ Georgia, SEC Network | 6:30 pm

— #21 Texas A&M @ Mississippi State, SEC Network | 8:30 pm

And if you’re really bored Duke and Wake Forest will be on ESPNU.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for Moving On’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    9:29 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Seth Greenberg had the best comment I’ve seen about Kentucky last night. “They were running offense just to be running offense, not running offense to score.” Of course, that was at the half. In the second half they didn’t even run much offense, as it was just Ullis and Murray trying individually to stop the bleeding.

    That doesn’t qualify as complaining, does it?



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:40 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I read your comment as a reasonable observation of post-game commentary. Greenberg’s take is, as you note, perhaps the best encapsulation of The Cats’ offense last night.



  2. BlueDeuce
    9:36 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    I’m gonna live in the past for a little bit longer …

    The interior is the biggest issue moving forward for UK basketball. Skal, Lee, and Poythress on any given night CAN contribute but, more likely not. Someone said in another post, good 6th man but nothing more and I think that is the issue, no star player who wants the ball in these 3. No consistent performance for any of them whether it’s offense or defense. Skal … ugh …

    Humphries and Wynyard must be absolutely terrible if they can’t find the floor behind that trio!

    Briscoe … wow! He needs to sit till his shot is figured out (free throws included). Matthews rebounds but is a defensive liability and other than put backs, has no offense.

    For the life of me I don’t understand why Willis and Mulder don’t play more or at least when making mistakes are given the leeway that is given to other players? Hawkins I could say the same thing about (I realize he was hurt last night). Are these guys superstars who will make it at the next level or at least get a shot at the next level? Maybe not but they certainly can be very good college basketball players.

    Murray just needs to slow down and not try to do so much (though you can hardly blame him given his supporting cast on the court!). Ulis is much the same as Murray other than he does play with more control. Get a team full of these guys and you’d have a shot! Murray can drive you crazy with his dribbling but he can shoot the ball!

    That’s 12 guys named … 2 work hard, 3 are trying hard, 2 are so far off who knows where they can contribute, 2 we don’t know a thing about, and 3 have glass hands and are made of paper. There’s some work to be done to make this a good team (much less a great team).



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:01 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      This team is obviously never going to be strong inside, but they need to find a way to keep teams from just shutting our interior players down with physical play and bodying them out of position. Part of that is on the big guys themselves, as they need to learn to be physical back without fouling so much. Part of it is on the guards to consistently score from the outside to soften up the defenses.

      Also, Briscoe’s missed free throws were huge last night, even though they weren’t as glaring as the weakness of the inside game. But if he could just hit free throws, he could get to the line anytime he chose, ala Andrew Harrison. Last night, his free throw misses alone turned a 3-4 point game into a 10-12 point game. He’s not a great outside shot right now, and if he drives and gets fouled, it’s the same as a turnover.

      Ullis and Murray couldn’t throw the ball inside because Skal and Poythress kept missing or turning it over. They couldn’t throw it to Briscoe because he’d get fouled and miss free throws. They were forced to try and do it all.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:44 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, no reliable star player to draw double teams and no interior presence. The guards can all play and we have guys on the bench that are useful situational players, but with no interior presence to make the defense collapse the outlet pass is useless on drives.



  3. UKmoney
    9:57 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Twins, Dakari, Murray, and Lee would have been number 9. If the twins stayed until they were seniors, back to back titles in my opinion… Cal’s biggest mistake in his basketball career: 1. Letting the twins walk.



    • The Rest of the story
      10:05 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Cal did a huge disservice to Dakari by not talking him out of going and he will never make it in the NBA.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:17 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Cal doesn’t entirely determine whether or not a player leaves.



  4. The Rest of the story
    10:03 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    UK fans have just got to realize that this is not our year. No interior at all means this team cannot achieve a final four. The only 2 real players on this team are Ulis and Murray. Alex will never be who we want him to be plain and simple. Lee with no offense to speak of and lack of bulk is still the best man in the middle and that means disaster down low. Briscoe is just a defender at best and should likely be benched to allow Willis or Hawkins in the game who can give better offense. To many missing parts for this team to go far and winning the SEC is even out of the question. As they say in football around here wait till next year.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:16 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I wish I bet with strangers. I would easily put a few C-notes or more, that we win the SEC.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:48 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I remember when people said the same thing in 2011 and 2014.



  5. UKmoney
    10:16 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    but there is light at the end of the tunnel… Ulis is a beast but his height will put UK at an extreme disadvantage if they have to play the teams with a guard with NBA HEIGHT AND SKILLS in the tourney(NC, Maryland, Kansas, OK, etc.) Therefore, I believe part of Briscoe’s problem is he is playing out of his natural position. Calipari needs to allow Briscoe to start at point and bring Ulis off the bench in some of these conference games(that means starting Briscoe, Murray, Willis, Alex, and Skal). This puts the ball in Briscoe’s hands a lot more and he is a very good playmaker. Terrible shooter but a potentially great playmaker. That would give UK a lot more flexibility and production off the bench. With Ulis coming off as the six man, Cal can be a lot more creative and play a few more guys more minutes off the bench(Dom, Humphries, Mulder, etc). Ulis will get them high percentage shots. I mean he has to give it a try in my opinion. I know Briscoe is not a better point than Ulis but he has to try this out for the good of the TEAM! This cannot continue any longer and drastic measures must be taken to prepare this team for march. Think about it. What made last years team great was the fact that two of the best players on the team came off the bench! Sure Ulis and Booker could have been just as productive as the twins if not more… But they devastated teams when the came off the bench and made plays. So, I know my fellow UK fans may not like what I’m saying, but start Briscoe and make Ulis six man! Go Cats!



    • Bluebloodtoo
      10:32 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Um, just no. Ulis was the only one on the court last night making plays.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:33 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Please send me a two-ounce sample of what you are currently smoking. I appreciate what you are trying to scheme but logic is not an actual part of your argument. Ulis should pretty much be on the floor for 34+ minutes per game. Cal need not change PGs in order to be creative. Numerous creative combinations can be used with Tyler continuing as our PG.



    • UKmoney
      10:46 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Briscoe is a much better defender and I believe he can be a great distributor if he has the ball in his hands more. He’s nearly unstoppable off the dribble. Cal just needs to do some tweaks to his game like he did Andrew a couple of years ago before the tourney. Basically, Let Briscoe run it with a “drive in the lane and pass first mentality. It could work! Ulis and Lee coming off the bench can get us to the final four again. For the record, all you would need is a half oz sample of what im smoking.



    • UKmoney
      10:54 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      I understand all the faith in Ulis. He’s a great point guard. He does things other guards hi size cannot do. But come tourney time, Briscoe will need to start against certain teams is all im saying. Im just saying Cal should toy with this lineup change cause I believe Briscoe would thrive if he had the ball as much as Ulis.



    • PoopTooth
      12:16 pm January 6, 2016 Permalink

      Go back to the bong… most rediculous statement(s) i’ve heard!!! Starting Briscoe over Ulis for any reason is wrong and never going to happen. For the record, getting to the rim and finishing at the rim are two different things… Ulis gets to the rim and finishes better whether by field goals or free throws. Last year we had a dominate frontcourt offensively and defensively and played inside out… that team was more physical at every position…the comparison isn’t the same at all… playing more players off the bench for fact of being “creative” is not the answer, just adds to the chaos. BTW Cal is not creative, it’s not his strength or coaching style.



  6. Bluebloodtoo
    10:31 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    High School Coach….Yeah, like some jail time, anger management classes, and never be a coach of impressionable young people again.



  7. Bluebloodtoo
    10:39 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    Our guards aren’t the problem here. The lack of any interior presence is the problem. With no interior threats, the guards aren’t going to get any daylight to shoot or move. The guards can’t even drive to the basket because they have no outlet pass (lack of interior presence). Poythress has a great impact on the game while he’s in, but he’s sitting in foul trouble too much. Lee has the effort part down, but he and Poythress have got to stop the stupid fouls. I don’t know if they are getting frustrated at being pushed around on one end and then called for everything on the other or what’s going on with them. Poythress has to stop landing on people during rebounds. I’d almost suggest that Lee take him to the vball court and learn how to attack the ball at the net. He’ll at least learn how to run forward to jump while stopping his momentum. Lee has to learn how to get better position during rebounding without pushing the guy out of the way. Those guys are almost always away from the basket when the ball goes up due to the defense pulling them away. It makes rebounding really hard.



  8. BlueDeuce
    11:04 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

    These guys (interior bubbas other than Skal) have all played against the likes of Towns, WCS, Johnson and a host of other low post guys who are making a living playing basketball professionally! If they haven’t found, or better yet learned the skill needed to be effective, then I’m not sure they do.

    Having little to no production from Skal hurts more than anything because if he was what everyone thought he was, it would take the pressure off of Lee and Poythress to be the “man” and allow them to play the role of role player … which is what they are and where they excel.

    The interior play has to get better to be a better team. UK can overcome the other woes this team has but they can’t overcome no interior presence. Without it, there is no driving lanes and no open outside shots. Granted, the margin for error would be small with the other woes but they can’t move forward without fixing the interior issues!



    • somerset bill
      11:39 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      i agree, blueduece. in my opinion the best way to fix the inside would be to move skal out to the 4 and make humphries our new center project. he will surely progress faster than skal can at center, given seal’s weight/strength issues. he can’t be pushed around, he’s got a good shot, and he has a chance to be very good by the end of the year. skal can learn to play college ball outside of the lane, giving him a shot at being great by the end of the year, too. he’s got a sweet shot, though the hit his confidence has taken seems to be affecting it lately. whenever he gets relaxed and starts doing damage at the 4 spot he can be moved back into the lane on occasion to take up his center training again if there is value in that at that point.

      for cal to do this he has to give up on alex. let him quietly finish out his career here with 8 minutes a game. nothing in crunch time. alex can’t hold onto the ball. he gets roofed every single time in traffic. he is never going to be what he needs to be.



    • somerset bill
      11:41 am January 6, 2016 Permalink

      “skal’s” weight/strength issues.