UK beat Sam Houston State handily. Yet, with three fresh faced frosh, playing only their third college game, scoring 66% of the Cats points, the caterwauling still began.
Yes, Kentucky’s defense was as substantial as cardboard that sat at the curb in an all day rain. Giving up 18 threes just days after giving up 15 is not the way you win championships. But excuse me if I hold back a bit on the postmortem.
If Coach Cal is the deal, and these frosh are even half as talented as their reps would indicate, UK will be way more than just fine.
DeMarcus Cousins, he of the headband and distraught demeanor, went for 27 and 18. Not bad. Even if his defenders came up to his waist. “I felt I could not be stopped,” the kid said. He was right, you know. But, just to let the pivot phenom know he still had to follow the plan, Coach Cal sat him down for a spell in the second half.
Were I a UK fan, I’d be more worried about Cousins’ pout than his considerable talent. Will he be coachable enough to develop the team mentality?
Here’s what would bother me. Zero points off the bench. Zed. Nil. Zilch. Nada. In 35 minutes of action, the four reserves only took three shots. Total combined. Jonathon Hood looked like he might have should have possibly probably matriculated at Western Ky, in Bowling Green where the lights aren’t so bright.
Here’s what would bother me. Wall’s assist to TO ratio was 6-6. Ditto Bledsoe.
Here’s what wouldn’t bother me. That Tony Delk and Scott Padgett wore no neckties to the game. There’s a whole thread at catspause.com on the issue. Good example for the freshmen? Of no consequence? The fanaticism of the Big Blue Nation never ceases to fascinate. It knows no bounds.
Here’s what wouldn’t bother me. That they beat a reasonably talented lesser light by 10 on November 19 with a new coach, new system and lots of young players. If Cousins is complaining after battling UConn’s front line, if they give up 15 threes to U of L in January or Florida in February, if the bench doesn’t thicken by March, come back and talk to me.
Until then, anybody with any basketball sense recognizes that UK, these bumps in the road notwithstanding, is on a collision course with being heralded as the greatest team ever to take the hardwood.
– Seedy K