Start your day with more from Kentucky’s come-from-behind win over a Vanderbilt team desperate for an NCAA tournament resume-builder.
This edition is brought to you by #TeamNoSleep and five, going on six, Maxwell House medium roast K-Cups, thanks to another 3:30-4 am night at the computer to keep this here website afloat. (Luckily it was the last late Tuesday nighter of the season.)
Let’s do this thing…
1. Could Derek Willis have a better night?
Sure, his shot was off for most of the night, but he walked
through around his Senior Night paper hoop, got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, hustled his ass off, went all Derekembe Mutombo on defense, played a huge role in the 19-point comeback, and won his final game as a Kentucky Wildcat in Rupp Arena.
I’m not sure anyone has gotten more out of a Senior Night than Derek Willis, and I believe he etched his name in history with Rupp Arena’s first player wedding proposal.
2. Vanderbilt’s ability to break the press was laughable.
Mrs. Tyler did a good job of breaking down the game late last night and we’ll have plenty more analysis throughout the morning and on the radio show here in an hour, but I want to go ahead and mention Vanderbilt’s inability to get the ball up the floor when Kentucky went to a press. The Commodores could not beat it and that ultimately was a deciding factor in the end. For all of the good Bryce Drew’s team did, like shooting 200 percent from the field at one point, they sure did a horrible job moving the ball against the press. Maybe try that one again, huh Cal?
3. Isaiah Briscoe played ideal Isaiah Briscoe basketball.
Briscoe’s stat line for the night was right in line with what Kentucky needs him to do each game:
He didn’t force too many shots; he only took one jumper; he had six assists to zero turns; he was second on the team in rebounds; and he had six assists and zero turnovers, which I know I just said but I want to reiterate it one more time because that’s big.
4. Kentucky Wildcats TV has your highlights from the game:
Enjoy the bird’s-eye view of the action.
5. Calipari apologized to Mychal Mulder for keeping him on the bench.
As Mulder’s No. 1 fan, I know I get a lot of eye rolls when I say he needs more playing time. That being said, Mulder needed more playing time last night. I mean, it was his senior night and he went straight to the bench after scoring five points when no one else could, and then he never returned.
After the game, Calipari said he apologized to Mulder for the limited minutes, but he went with a defensive-minded lineup over offense.
“I said the way the game went, Mychal, I just stuck with those guys, because it wasn’t about offense. It was going to be about fight. And he’ll fight, but Dom has an advantage in that.”
Can we still appreciate this play that brought a little life to the first half offense?
6. Is Malik Monk the most clutch shooter in UK history?
With late-game jumpers against North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Vanderbilt and I am sure I am missing a couple others, Monk is a proven shooter when his team needs one to fall at the end of games. He can go 38 minutes without hitting one, but if it’s a close game in the final minutes, he’s making it.
I guess one could argue Aaron Harrison was pretty clutch, too. You may remember he hit some pretty decent shots in March.
7. Jimbo Fisher was spotted at the game.
Florida State’s head football coach was a guest of Mark Stoops at the game. So if you thought you were going crazy because you saw Jimbo Fisher, don’t worry, you’re not crazy. That was him.
8. ICYMI: We wrote stories on the three seniors yesterday.
It’d really mean a lot to us if you did.
9. 48 regular season titles is a lot.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 1, 2017
10. Tune in to Kentucky Sports Radio radio in an hour for plenty more talk from last night.