Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
What I found interesting was Calipari's ability (at least in this game) to find the right guy at the right time. Miller came up big and Calipari continually went to him for one-on-one moves late in a tight game, despite Miller's hesitation to play tough pretty much the entire season. Then, he took Miller out with a couple minutes left and brought in Dodson, who calmly hit the biggest basket of the game with that three from the wing after Cousins rebounded Patterson's free throw.
Liggins played lights out against Georgia, but barely gets off the bench today. Ramon Harris plays even less. And two guys Calipari has dogged all year make huge plays to basically win the game.
I don't know if it's good coaching or simply allowing his guys to play to the style they want. It does seem as if this Kentucky team has a lot of answers. Is that Calipari, Cat fans? Non-Cat fans?
Wall, BTW, had a pretty poor game tonight, IMO, despite what his stats will say. But he got absolutely mugged three times with no call on driving lay-up attempts. I mean beat down. (And there could have been two more calls that normally go to "star players" in other leagues.) I wonder if that was simply poor official positioning, or if that's going to be the modus operandi around the league. If it's the latter, Wall won't win the National POY. He may not even be the SEC's best freshman.
Agreed on Wall. I thought Florida did an excellent job of shutting him down, but that was where Eric Bledsoe took over. You cannot collapse on just Wall, or Bledsoe is just as capable of making the plays to beat teams.
What really worries me is that this is a young team that has no killer instinct. Cal even said as much last night after the game. Once they get up by 15 or so, they start to coast and that is when teams make runs that get them back into the game. By all rights Kentucky should have won by about 20 last night.
I'm worried that every game before they play Tennessee is going to be a trap game.