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This was such a strange game. In the first half UK looked like they were going to handle this Vandy team like they were supposed to and then in the 2nd half Vandy goes to the zone and UK shuts down. I think there was a 16-2 run at one point in the 2nd half. I cannot believe that a 2-3 zone shuts UK down with the size and athleticism that UK has. And another point is how poorly this team rebounds; this is one of the biggest teams in the country with WCS, Poy, Wiltjer, and Noel. I cannot understand this team at all. And on top of all of that then UK gets lucky with Noel's shot when the shot clock hit zero. No win is a bad win but this definitely wasn't a good win. JMO
BigBlueMook, this sounds just like a post I just put up, great minds must work the same way. Did you notice how many offensive rebounds Vandy had and if they had converted 30-40% of those second chances then we would have lost by double digits. This teams players as individuals are as talented as any group in the country but as a collective they arent very talented. I dont know why that is but Im sorry to say it may remain that way and that could mean a lot more losses than most of think will occur. Harrow was amazing for most of the game but in general he didnt have much help. A couple of weeks ago I put up a thread asking what the Cats SEC record would be and there were some very optimistic responses from 18-0 and 16-2 and so on. I said 12-6 or maybe 13-5 but now Im wondering if I was a bit to conservative as to how many losses they will have. I hope things improve but Im beginning to think that Poythress may not come around and Archie will continue to drive the lane like a bull in a china shop. I bet Cal is so frustrated that he could pull his hair out at times.
We gotta develop a go to guy. Last year Darius stopped the bleeding so many times when a team started to put the heat on us. He'd make a huge shot and just stop all momentum for the opposing team. We don't have a go to guy to do that for us yet. Not gonna be Poy he's too immature as a player. It needs to be Harrow or Goodwin. Somebody that can just make clutch shots when momentum swings against us. Kyle and Mays can't do it consistently. So it needs to be Harrow for now and Goodwin needs to be working towards taking over later in the year. Hell who am I kidding. It took Darius 4 years, tons of work, tons of game situations, and frankly tons of failure to get to the point where he could be that kind of guy. These guys are too young and inexperienced.
You're right. UK doesn't have anything that they can count on offensively. Too inconsistent. Too erratic.
You'd think UK had never even seen a zone defense by the way they played in the second half. Surprising given the way they handled Louisville's zone so effectively.
That makes me think that a lot of it could be mental. We just need to improve steadily and then really focus come tourney time.
tWhit and Chris, I think that is what is so alarming. Talent wise this team is unreal but being a team they may not even be in the top 30 of all teams. In the Louisville, Maryland, and Duke games we saw a team that could make March really interesting but then after the ND, Baylor, and Vandy games this team looks like they will struggle to the very end. I really can't understand it. This team has an identity crisis, and the go to guy seems like it is going to be Harrow because he has played really well. Not just scoring but not turning the ball over. Poythress seems to be all mental; he just does not have basketball IQ. How many times are we going to see him drive into the lane and lower his shoulder? It is not very tough to pull up and knock down a 3-5 ft jumper.
The mid range game is a lost art, I miss Doron drive and pull up shots. This team needs to understand that there is nothing wrong with a pull up 6 to 8 footer
Darius wasn't a go to guy.
Last year the Whole team was go to guy. LOL, that's what was SO crazy about that team.
I remember MKG making buckets when we tied or other team catching up.
I remember Darius making critical shots
I remember Davis doing crazy things as he always did
I remember Jones Toughing up and getting key defensive stops
same for Lamb and Teague. It was just crazy how well they played.
It's simple really.
We had a nice lead at halftime in a game that we were probably not very interested in to begin with. When we came out after the half they made a couple of threes and threw a zone at us and we freaked out a bit.
For Oscar combs or anybody else to pin this on Kyle Wiltjer is laughable. We are young and that was our first sec road game against a team that our guys thought they coudl show up and kill.
Exactly the same scenario as two years ago vs. Ole Miss.
The freak out amongst a small segment of our fanbase freaks me out. Suddenly we suck after we took UofL to the edge.
I said in another post that I can be an idiot at times. I was clearly sanguine about the cats and now I am clearly pessimistic given the low quality of the Vandy team. Tomorrow we may lose to aTm or beat them by 50 points. I think I may end up in a mental clinic soon.
Darius was absolutely a go to shooter in critical situations. Time after time he made big shots to swing momentum. He knew just when we needed a big shot and he almost always came through. Clearly he got a lot of help but that wasn't my point.
How many times did Darius come off the bench and pull the Cats out of the fire, many many times. I would call a player like that a go to guy that just so happened to come off the bench to be that guy. The 2nd thing that is used way too much about this team is blaming most of their poor play on being"Young or youthful". This excuse has become a very convienent crutch that a lot of people have or are still using including myself. Its about time we base their poor play on where it belongs and that is the lack of energy or focus or intensity or any word in that family. IMO none of what is the root cause of the difficulties this team has had has anything to do with being young or youthful. No matter the age of an athlete they either have energy ot intensity or they dont. They shouldnt have to be taught drive or ambition or desire its inherent in their personality or it isnt. Poythress lacks that"internal intensity" to this point in the season and it remains to be seen if he will ever turn on that inner faucet of desire.
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