Reds Fan Since 1971
VMI runs an uptempo style of play, Kyle Macy even said tonight they were playing street ball. Playing uptempo works when you are hitting everything in sight and that is exactly what happened. If they hadn't, it would have been a blowout the other way.
What scares me right now is our point guard play. Michael Porter may go down as the most hated player in Kentucky basketball not named Saul Smith. I'm hoping Liggins can step into the role and improve so Porter can stay buried on the bench.
When a team pulls up for a 3 with 10 seconds off the shot clock what are you supposed to do except hope they miss? They took circus shot after circus shot and made them all.
Were there defensive lapses? Yes.
This was invaluable learning experience for Liggins and Miller.
We need to just roll with those two guys and let them play through their mistakes. Porter is not capable of handling the point.
I've always held to the three year rule when it comes to coaches:
First year: Implement your system.
Second year: Show some improvement once your players are in place.
Third year: You better start producing.
And even with this loss tonight, there was improvement. Last years team likely would have lost by even more if they had gotten down by this much to VMI, even with Bradley and Crawford. This team is better conditioned for a horse race, last years team was not.
I'm not ready to pull the plug on Gillispie just yet. Let's see how they respond Tuesday night. It wouldn't surprise me if they were looking ahead as well.
Is VMI the team that took Duke to the gun last year or two years ago?
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
i was really impressed with how he handled the post-game show.
"It was all my fault."
Clearly this game didn't go how we as fans wanted it to go, but it still remains so refreshing to have a coach who refuses to say negative things about his players to the press. He will say things that the team/individuals need to improve upon, but he always puts the onus for making that happen on his own shoulders.
The biggest thing that Coach Gillispie talked about during his post-game conference was a lack of leadership on the floor in terms of the players.
Someone (hopefully more than just one) will have to step up and assume that leadership role. He also said there was not nearly enough communication on the floor tonight (which ties into the general dearth of leadership).
Losing an early game to VMI sucks, but maybe it's the kind of blessing in disguise game. It wouldn't shock me to see Florida blow a similar game early this year. I didn't watch Kentucky last night, so I don't really know what I'm talking about, but sometimes I think young guys come out of high school and feel like if they strap on the Blue and White, or Orange and Blue, and feel like good things will magically happen. All they know is that they've always been the best player on the court, and Kentucky's always been good. So mash those two factors together, and good things are bound to happen, you know? This kind of early loss underlines the need for work ethic for them. D1 college basketball players, even those on VMI or Toledo, are big and fast. Coaches can tell them whatever they want, but they gotta see it with their own eyes.
Sucks to lose, and it's embarrassing, but in the large scheme of things it's not that big a deal. No BCS to see here, move along.