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Sunday Morning Wake Up

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Today’s wake up is brought to you by Brandon Knight, because he should remind everyone to take a deep breath and relax. Just a few years ago Kentucky entered the SEC Tournament with a 22-8 overall record and 10-6 in SEC play. Well, this Kentucky team is sitting at 21-8 and 11-5 in SEC play. T

As Drew said last night the loss last night isn’t devastating. Watching college basketball across the country, bubble teams playing at home are winning these games at an incredibly high rate. Would it have been nice to win that game? Yeah, absolutely. But, it was a game where Ulis was obviously off and no frontcourt member showed up besides Marcus Lee yet Kentucky still had a good chance to win this game.

Something tells me we’ll have some Brandon Knight magic in our point guard this year once the calendar hits March.

Marcus Lee Looked Like Early Season Marcus Lee

One of the things to take away from yesterday was the way Marcus Lee played. He looked like the player from earlier in the season where national pundits thought he was the most important player to the team. More importantly he wasn’t a liability at the free throw line. After drilling the backboard on an early free throw, he finished 5-for-9 from the free throw line. The big thing to watch going forward is if he can be consistent to end the season.

Watch Karl-Anthony Towns Tonight

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves will be playing on NBATV tonight when they head to Dallas. Towns – as it’s been said numerous times – is the odds on favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Towns is currently averaging 17.5 PPG and 10.2 RPG during his rookie year. So, head to channel 216 at 7pm if you have DirecTV to watch KAT play.

Dick Vitale is Calling the Florida Game

Whether you love him or hate him, no one enjoys anything in life more than Dick Vitale enjoys calling college basketball games. We’ll get to hear him on Tuesday as he’s going to be on the call for the Florida game. There’s no doubt he’ll talk a ton about Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis as he’s big fans of the two guards.

 

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

22 Comments for Sunday Morning Wake Up



  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    8:36 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    One thing that worries me about this team is the intensity they bring on the defensive side the past few road games is awesome the first 15-16 minutes of the games and then all of a sudden the other team makes a run to close the gap and it’s like we quit putting so much defensive pressure on them. We literally had Vanderbilt starting their offense at 13-14 secs on the shot clock left in the first. Not so much in the second and from there they were able to get things going their way and never looked back. From that point we could not make a stop or put a run together. We started reverting back to the bad version of ourselves and that’s taking bad shots and the offense setting screens for Murray and everyone else watching as the whole building knows what we are trying to do. Having said all this, it worries me that come March, it’s gonna be hard to overcome a deficit that’s at least 7-8 points cause of our lack to defend late in games and having a other option than Jamal Murray to get you back in it. Hope I’m wrong! Having Willis back will be huge, especially after this team has not been fully healthy in quite some time



    • catdaddyd
      12:33 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      It’s the same as with Brandon Knight ‘s team, fatigue. Remember the final four of 2011, I kept saying to the tv, Cal give Brandon a rest at just before media timeouts. Knight shot poorly and we lost.



  2. The Rest of the story
    9:06 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    This is just a mediocre team without Willis and even with him they are no better than just a pretty good team. If Cal could not win a championship with last years team then this team never had a chance to start with. Cats were rolling at the start of the game last night and for some reason Cal replaces several guys and at that point it was all Vandy the rest of the game. The SEC does not and never has meant much to Cal. He is for getting players to the NBA and that is it. Is he a good coach, sure, but just not a school coach who really cares what the fans want and what the university can tout to other schools. Having the best players almost every year has produced one title so far and I feel there are other coaches who would have had multiple titles with his teams. This is my opinion and am sure there will be irate fans screaming at me but the proof is in the bottom line and Duke and Uconn have won more titles since Cal has been here with far less talent. Like I said he is a good coach but refuses to alter how his teams play regardless of the game.



    • damage_control
      9:18 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Other coaches couldn’t get those teams. He’s won 1 title in 6 years and gone to the final 4 FOUR OUT OF SIX SEASONS!!! IDIOT!!!



    • derichgail
      10:35 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      So which coaches do you think could take a brand new team of raw freshmen talent and mold them into a team. Also, these plays have huge ego’s and aren’t used to being demoted within a team setting most of the time. Cal is a great coach and does care about the University, but he cares more about his players. So because you watch the games and cheer you think that it should be more about you? These players play as hard as they can for UK and often times will come back after they go to the NBA. Cal develops relationships with these kids that last lifetimes. Did you not see his HOF induction ceremony?!?!?!? Doing this allows him to get the best of the best year in and year out. We are lucky to be in a position to be considered for a National title run every year. this year is no different. We are a little banged up but have time to get healthy.

      Don’t forget that in the NCAA tourny it is a one game playoff. Meaning that anything can happen and it only takes one time. If this were a playoff driven tourny like the NBA UK would have a mjor upperhand and probably have 3 more titles. Luck favors those that need it less often…



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:17 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Wow. What a f*****g idiot troll.

      Does he really BELIEVE all that shit he wrote? Does he expect US to?



  3. damage_control
    9:20 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    To put it in perspective for you moron- the previous 2 UK head coaches went to ONE FINAL FOUR IN 10 YEARS!



    • cats paw
      9:43 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      even better perspective for you…along with having the greatest talent in America every year, Cal is paid $23,000 a day, 7 days a week. To which much is given-much is expected! other coaches are winning multiple titles with much less talent and pay. Greatest recruiter in college history, better than avg coach….. yet not in coack K’s or Pitino’s league for pure coaching skills



    • TDog
      9:49 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      And to put it in better perspective for you Cats Paws no other coach has won more basketball games since Cal took over at UK. He also has more Final Fours and every year he’s had UK in the tourney they’ve at least made the Elite Eight. You can’t judge his season’s off of a one off game in the NCAA Tourney. You mention more coaches having more titles as well, which would be referencing Coach K. Coach K also has two first round losses in that time, which Cal does not. If you’re going to hate, at least do it without ignorance.



    • roundball fool
      9:53 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Cats Paw- I appreciate the math you did on Cal’s salary. Please name these coaches winning multiple titles. Also, how do you rank/rate these coaching skills?



    • derichgail
      10:37 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      CATS PAWS

      We beat DUKE and UL this year with their amazing Coaches on the sideline…. and CAL owns RICK. Whats your point?



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:16 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Um, name the coaches who are winning multiple titles with less pay?



  4. nicky
    9:33 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Bobby….difference being Brandon Knight is 6’3″ and could hit shots……Tyler 5’9″ and hasn’t been hitting anything lately



    • RogerW
      12:52 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Knight definitely hit some big shots for the team. As far as shooting percentages, Ulis is actually at .427% on the year and Knight hit .423 in his only year. Knight did shoot 7% higher from the 3 than Ulis though. Ulis is better from the line, has more assist, and more steals. Knight averaged a 1/2 rebound more per game. Ulis averages 1.4 less turnovers a game. Seems to me that Ulis better across the board with exception of 3 point shooting and rebounds.

      As far as the tourny goes. His two game winners were great, but statistically he was pretty bad. .329 overall shooting and .324 from 3 range. 4.4 assist per game compared to 3.4 turnovers per game.

      Not bashing on Knight, but I think most people remember the game winning shots and the fact that we made it to the final four. They don’t remember that his numbers were very poor in comparison with his regular season stats. Again, I am not bashing on Knight, just trying to point out that his tourny numbers were’t very good and Ulis has more than enough ability to post better tourny numbers.



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:14 am February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Thanks… Roger.



  5. Leroy Bird - 00
    10:25 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    There are a three points to make here, specifically to those who have criticism of Calipari.

    1) Since Cal has been here, UK has been and will continue to be the “center of the universe” in college ball. The moves we make, the wins/losses, the swag – Cal has orchestrated UK to be the talk of the sport, and that is a feat worth applause in this media driven, hyper scrutinous time we live in.

    2) Cal has earned 4 final 4 appearances. For UK fans, I get it that we want to close the deal. However, to get that opportunity is a very difficult proposition, and because Cal is so good at point 1 above, he gets us players who can create that opportunity for themselves, and in turn for us as fans. That also deserves significant respect.

    3) This will come across as snarky, but for the critics, what is your alternative? You’d really trade what we have? For who? Your dissatisfaction with the process is duly noted, but you are missing a golden age of our program if you choose to be cynical during this time. I, for one, am enjoying this ride. Quite simply – there is NO other coach who I would rather have for this program, and God help the man who decides to try and follow this act.



    • tankerkat
      10:42 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      He makes our team competitive year in and year out, UK always in the mix.



  6. tankerkat
    10:31 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler, off game, happens like that sometimes. Alex, well, you never know what your gonna get with him. What I can’t understand is how Marcus can be a junior and in all that time never develope any kind of jumper, 10-15 feet would be great. Skal, what can you say ? Just not a ready for prime time guy, he needs to stay,with the bigs coming in next year he can learn a lot. I feel like the potential is there, gonna have to work his a$$ off next season. I hope Tyler stays, not feeling confident about it though, just keep pulling for them.



    • derichgail
      10:45 am February 28, 2016 Permalink

      Tyler hasnt had many off shooting nights maybe a handful. Lately, he has been playing lights out. The Vandy loss tells me alot about this team going into postseason.

      Negatives
      1) Ulis off night 5-20 FG
      2) Alex was a no show due to foul trouble
      3) Willis out with injured ankle
      4) Briscoe cant shoot jump shots or FTs

      Now, there were some more positives to take away, but I want to prove a point that after all of that we still were in the game with 4 minutes to go on the road (VANDY WAS DESPERATE BUBBLE TEAM). They had to win this game!. To me this was a worse case scenario for a basketball game.

      Next game,

      1) Alex will show up
      2) Ullis drops 8 assists and shoots around 48% from the field
      3) Murray keeps rolling
      4) Lee continues to step up.
      5) Willis still out*

      UK 72 FLA 64



  7. sincitycat
    12:03 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    In a perfect world Dukie V. and Oprah would be locked in a room together for life.



  8. kyle heavy
    12:33 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

    So Marcus Lee shooting 55% from the charity stripe is no longer a liability? Wow. I love where we’ve set the bar.



    • catdaddyd
      12:44 pm February 28, 2016 Permalink

      On that one he hit the side of the backboard, just 15 inches to the right, unbelievable.