Needed to happen IMO. I really don't think Poole was cut out to be at Kentucky. He was a raw project but with Liggins/Miller his freshman year, Miller/MKG this year, and Poythress/Goodwin/Muhammad? the following I don't think he would have seen the floor. I could see a school offering him a scholarship to try to get his brother, Solomon Poole.
Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
As someone who only sees it from the outside, they look like a team that can be really really good.
I really don't see any glaring weaknesses with this team, outside of youth.
The 2010 team lacked a consistent three point shooter and veteran leadership (Jodie Meeks). Watch the WVU game again if you need proof of this.
The 2011 team basically ran seven deep and while young, played much more mature than the 2010 team. The depth did them in against UConn.
This year, they run eight deep but present so many different matchup problems:
If you zone or double team Jones or Davis, Lamb and Miller can shoot the lights out.
Davis's passing ability underneath will allow for violent backdoor cuts, especially in the form of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Teague can change speeds at ease and blow by his defender.
UK will likely only run eight deep but with Wiltjer who is basically playing as a Euro big to spot Jones and Davis and Lamb/Miller/MKG sharing minutes they should be well rested and present different matchup problems.
I'll also say that Doron Lamb is extremely underrated as a combo guard, but using him at the point takes away his biggest strength in shooting.
If you're a UK fan (even if you're not), how do you defend this years team?