I preface this by saying in no way am I a better coach than Hall of Famer John Calipari. I’m simply suggesting something here that people can discuss. /Okay, note over.
This is coming off the heels of Calipari saying Derek Willis is currently the best big Kentucky has on the roster. So, why not play to that advantage? Let’s go true small ball for a little and see what happens. This is where I’m requesting a new face to the lineup.
I’ve been impressed with the junior college transfer when he’s on the court, which seems rare. But, against LSU he grabbed eight rebounds in just 14 minutes. Against Alabama he had 4 in 11. So, he’s capable of providing energy, athleticism and a different look. Move Willis to the starting center spot for a game and surround him with guards that can/should be able to shoot. Would it be an incredible small lineup? Sure.
But, the opposing team will have to make up for that defensively as well. Think of the possible mismatch with Briscoe or Mulder having a power forward try to guard him. Teams will likely go zone, but now you have 4 shooters out on the floor. Will it solve all the problems? No.
But, right now everything else doesn’t necessarily seem to be working perfectly either.