Revision: Faster, Taller, More Talented, Better Wins . . . Most Of The Time But Not Always

West Virginia 73, Kentucky 66.

For those who seem to care about such matters, the best team in the Big East beat the best team in the SEC and will advance to the Final Four.

The John Wall Era ends with the frosh phenom on the bench with 1:06 to play and the Cats down 7. They got no closer.

The DeMarcus Cousin Era ends with the frosh phenom on the bench. His final mark in the box score was a missed FT with 4:14 to play and the Cats down 14.

John Calipari’s first season in Lexington ends with a loss to Bob Huggins, against whom he has but one win in 9 encounters. During the second half, thanks to Coach Cal’s passive D, West Virginia pushed its lead to 16 with its only ball handler on the bench. Joe Mazzulla scored a career high 17 in his first and so far only start this season.

UK was 4/32 from beyond the arc. UK was 16/29 from the charity stripe. UK had 10 assists and 16 turnovers.

West Virginia made zero two point baskets in the first half, were outrebounded 13-29, yet still lead 28-26 at intermission.

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Before the game I noted that Quick Draw Curtis Shaw was one of the zebras, wondering if Kentucky’s youthful petulance might cost them some points?

With 1:37 to play in the 1st, DeAndre Liggins was teed up by you know who, costing the Cats two made FTs.

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With UK down 7 with a quarter of the game to play, I jotted down this question, “Can John Wall will the team to victory?” Obviously not, but he gave it a go.

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Bottom Line: Kentucky’s inexperience came back to haunt them. Some — not all — of the talented youngsters hung their heads in the late going, instead of attempting to grit it out. Conference play didn’t test them as it did for West Virginia.

With 11:11 to go, John Wall hit a layup to cut the deficit to 11. He missed the +1. Patterson snatched the board. Bledsoe missed a trey. Cousins grabbed the rebound. Liggins missed a trey. Bledsoe secured the rebound. Cousins turned it over. That’s not how teams fully ready to go all the way execute.

John Calipari was outfoxed. The Wildcats had no answers for the Mountaineers 1-3-1 and toughness.

It’s hard to beat a team that hits 10/23 from Treytown.

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All that said, all things considered, UK had a helluva season. Given where this program was a year ago, the upward mobility back to the top echelon of college hoops was as incredible as it was improbable.

Coach Cal will bring in a new bunch of wunderkinds this spring and summer, and will do it again next season.

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Go Baylor.

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Interesting how certain coaches seem to own others.
    Hugs over Cal.
    Rick over Boeheim.
    Lutz over Denny.

  2. Ralpho
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Can we dispense with the UK updates and get back to U of L now?

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