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BREAKDOWN THE HOUSE THAT HOV BUILT THE CATS CONTINUE THEIR U.S. TOUR IN JAY-Z’S BACKYARD
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PROVIDENCE BARCLAY’S CENTER BROOKLYN, NY 8:30 P.M.
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BAYLOR AT&T CENTER ARLINGTON, TX 10:00 P.M.
BOISE STATE RUPP ARENA LEXINGTON, KY 9:00 P.M.
INSIDE: 7 | Sponsor Message 8 | Player Profile: Andrew Harrison 9 | Player Profile: Alex Poythress 10 | Player Profile: Dominique Hawkins 12 | Breaksown: Providence
12 NORTH CAROLINA 14 SMITH CENTER 13 CHAPEL HILL, NC
WELCOME TO JERRY WORLD THIS SEASON’S FINAL-FOUR VENUE GETS A BIG BLUE WARM-UP 15
DESPITE A LAUNDRY LIST OF TRANSGRESSIONS, HAIRSTON MAY STILL PLAY. 17
LOUISVILLE GAME PITS PREVIOUS TWO TITLE WINNERS IN RIVALRY. 19
14 | Breakdown: Baylor 15 | Welcome to Jerry World
WILL HE BE BACK?
JUST SOME GAME
13 | Barclay’s: the house that Hov built
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BELMONT RUPP ARENA LEXINGTON, KY 12:00 P.M.
16 | Breakdown: North Carolina 17 | Hairston: Will he be back? 18 | Breakdown: Louisville
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19 | Louisville: Just some game
RUPP ARENA LEXINGTON, KY 4:00 P.M.
20 | Schedule rundown
NEXT UP CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: SEC PLAY BEGINS
22 | In Action: Must-see UK Basketball Photos 29 | Andrew Harrison steps up 30 | Willie being Willie 31 | Fab Eight? 33 | It’s a numbers game
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The Cats’ latest point guard, following in the foot steps of his predecessors, is the maestro on the floor. Andrew Harrison leads the team in minutes per game at 30.2. Although his assists aren’t as high as expected (3.6 per game), his passing skills and vision are obvious when he’s on the court, moreso when he’s not. He’s also shooting more than 60 percent from beyond the arc, better than any UK/Calipari point guard yet.
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ALEX POYTHRESS Alex Poythress returned to Kentucky for his sophomore year with great expectations to become the player that everyone saw in last year’s Duke game when he dominated the offensive glass. But with the slew of forwards on this year’s team, Poythress has less pressure to score, freeing him up to be more efficient and quietly help his team succeed.
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On a team full of trees, the shorter Hawkins has used his size to his advantage. Dominiqueâ€™s defense has been his greatest attribute, and when the opposing team has had a pesky little guard, Hawkins has come in to use his speed in defending them. The native Kentuckian earned more minutes per game than expected, thus far.
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Providence is averaging 41.1 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc.
per game. Providence also shows an inside presence in the paint, as two of its players are averaging over seven rebounds per game. Junior LaDontae Henton, a 6’6” forward, is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, while senior Kadeem Batts, a 6’9” forward, is averaging 7.3. While Henton and Batts have the two best field goal percentages of the starters, the Friars are not particularly shooting the
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NR ball effectively as a team. Providence is averaging 41.1 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. Cotton, the team’s leading scorer, has a .374 field goal percentage and is making just 26.3 percent of his three-point attempts. For as cold as the team is from the field, the Friars make up for it at the free throw line, shooting a .821 free throw percentage as a team. Cotton, who has taken the most free throws on the team, hits nearly 92 percent from the line. Meanwhile, UK remains at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to free throw percentage. The Cats are averaging 67 percent from the line this year, including a 20-36 performance against Michigan State in the Champions Classic. No starter is hitting over 80 percent from the line this year, while senior guard Jon Hood is the only player on the roster who is over 80 percent (perfect free throw percentage on four attempts). While UK has a significant advantage on height and pure talent over Providence, John Calipari’s young team could find themselves in a close game if they take their advantages for granted and continuously not capitalize on free points. Look for UK to respond under the spotlight in the Barclay’s Center.
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BRYCE COTTON GUARD
JOSH FORTUNE FORWARD
LADONTAE HENTON FORWARD
TYLER HARRIS FORWARD
KADEEM BATTS THE EDGE > KENTUCKY
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Providence may provide a scrappy matchup for UK’s roster when they take on the Friars in the Barclay’s Center. Providence has had an excellent start to their 2013-14 season, winning their first six games. The Friars have been led by senior guard Bryce Cotton, who has had double-figure points in six of their first seven games, averaging 17.7 points per game on the season. He is also averaging five assists
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Despite a season under its belt and a year of all Brooklyn’s weather has to throw at it, the Barclay’s Center remains the newest, shiniest building to play ball in. With former minority owner Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, selling his share of the Brooklyn nets in order to pursue an agency endeavor, Barclay’s is no longer officially affiliated with the mogul. But even if the ownership has changed (ever so slighty), the sentiment has not. It’s Jay’s town, Jay’s team, and it will remain the house that Hov built.
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BEARS Over the past 67 years, Kentucky and Baylor have met eight times. Amid those eight meetings, the two have battled for a national championship, a spot in the Olympic Games and a spot in the Final Four. The Cats lead the series 7-1. Some history: 1948 NCAA Championship – UK 58 Baylor 42 Coach Adolph Rupp and the “Fabulous Five” were 33-2 going into the championship game against the Baylor Bears and their coach, Bill Henderson. Alex Groza towered above everyone on the court at
#18 nament the Cats and the Bears met again, only this time for a chance at a gold medal in London. Baylor had a much stronger showing with James “Red” Owens scoring 17 points. Jack Robinson added 13 with Heathington and Johnson each adding 10. The Cats still had a considerable size and speed advantage. Beard scored 13 points and Wah Wah Jones added nine more. But Groza led the Cats again with a dominating 33 points. Ultimately, the five UK
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Baylor starts three new starters this season, and Scott Drew isn’t John Calipari.
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6-foot-7. He led the Cats with 14 points. Ralph Beard added 12 and Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones chipped in nine. 1948 Olympic Trials – UK 77 Baylor 59 The Olympics were held in 1948 for the first time in 12 years. The 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games were canceled because of World War II and the political chaos that ensued. The Cats were in the qualifying tournament against other top amateur teams in the nation for the right to represent the U.S. in the Games. In the second round of the tour-
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starters were named to the Olympic team and would win the gold medal that year. Ancient history aside, the most recent matchup led to the Cats’ first ever loss to the Bears and the end of John Calipari’s undefeated streak in Rupp. Look for the Cats to get some revenge at AT&T Stadium. Baylor starts three new starters this season, and Scott Drew isn’t John Calipari. Kentucky’s loaded roster and size should give the Bears fits.
CORY JEFFERSON CENTER
ISAIAH AUSTIN THE EDGE > KENTUCKY
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When the Cats walk into AT&T Stadium on Dec. 6 to take on the Baylor Bears, the venue may be a preview for what is to come. The stadium will soon play host to the 2014 NCAA Final Four. So what can be expected from “Jerry World” as a basketball environment? The first basketball game ever played in the stadium was 10390 win for the Texas Longhorns over the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009. That game had an attendance of 38,052. Expect that number to be much larger for the Final Four. Larger for the Cats regular season game as well. We know Cats fans travel better than any fans in the country, and when UK’s playing, the Big Blue Mist is not far behind. But also, the local Baylor team should turn out a large contingent of fans as well, and when all is said and done, the crowd should be pretty large. As for the Fianl Four itself, NCAA director of men’s championships, L.J. Wright, believes capacity to be close to 80,000. 80,000, huh? That would be the highest attendance ever for a college basketball game. The current record: 79, 129. The Cats are involved in that record. If the season pans out as many predict, they’ll be involved in the new one as well.
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#16 lius Randle. Everyone should know about Randle’s seven straight double-doubles to start the season, but his SEC-leading 68 free throw attempts are where he makes a living. North Carolina is one of the most frugal teams in the country in giving up fouls, averaging 21.2 fouls per game. Nearly four of those fouls come from sophomore big man
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MARCUS PAIGE The North Carolina offensive engine runs through sophomore guard Marcus Paige.
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P.J. HAIRSTON Brice Johnson, who averages 3.8 fouls per game and has fouled out once this year in five games played. McAdoo (6-9, 230 pounds) has a similar build to Randle (6-9, 250 pounds). Randle bests McAdoo in nearly every statistical category, with a notably stronger scoring and rebounding outputs. How these two forwards duke it out down low and how well UK can contain Paige will go far in determining the outcome of this game.
JAMES MCADOO FORWARD
BRICE JOHNSON THE EDGE > KENTUCKY
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The UK vs. North Carolina series is back after taking a one-year hiatus. This season, it should come as no surprise that North Carolina holds an experience edge over the Cats. The Tar Heels return two starters from a team that won 25 games last season and have only three freshman on their roster. Both head coaches have depth. Each coach has eight players that average at least 10 minutes on the court each contest. UK’s offense has been stronger this year, averaging 85.3 points per game to North Carolina’s 80.2 points per contest. The North Carolina offensive engine runs through sophomore guard Marcus Paige. He has paced the Tar Heels with 22.4 points per game and 35.6 minutes per game, all while sporting a 53.1 shooting percentage from the field. He’s shooting 53.1 percent from beyond the arc and has a 93.1 percentage from the line. Aaron or Andrew Harrison will be tasked to do what Louisville guards could not: stop Paige. Freshman defensive specialist Dominique Hawkins will likely see some minutes on Paige later in the game as well. Down low, UK boasts a strong rebounding advantage. As of this writing, the Cats’ average of48.4 rebounds per game are good for fourth in the nation. North Carolina sits at 67th in the country with 40 rebounds per game. UK’s beef down low comes in freshman forward and player of the year candidate Ju-
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With Carolina losing multiple games to lesser opponents, P.J. Hairstonâ€™s almost-certain return for UK seems less likely everyday. It is possible that Roy Williams will keep both he and Leslie McDonald out until official word comes from the NCAA on their eligibility. But we never lose hope around here when it comes to NCAA double standards, so weâ€™ll go ahead and keep those guys in our projected starting lineup. Your move, Roy.
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#9 points before being fouled out of the game, while Dieng provided a presence in the paint with seven rebounds. Senior guard Russ Smith will still look to lead the team though as he finished with 21 points in the matchup, including five of Louisville’s last 13 as they pulled away from UK. He also had seven rebounds on the day. While the UK’s young roster is certainly bigger than Louisville’s roster, one thing will still remain a question: Can the Cats make enough free throws to win? UK was
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insert rick pitino hyperbole here* verted to a forward to overtake sophomore guard Alex Poythress’ starting position. And, of course, The Cats substituted one of the most talented freshman players from last year in Nerlens Noel with what many consider to be the most talented player this year in Julius Randle. To combat UK’s young roster, Louisville returns most of their 2013 National Championship players. The loss of guard Peyton Siva and center Gorgui Dieng to the NBA will certainly affect the Cards, however. In last year’s tilt with the Cats, Siva had 19
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11-23 from the free throw line in their loss to the Cardinals last season, and their free throw shooting has persisted into this year as well, shooting just 67 percent from the line. UK’s talent level may exceed Louisville’s this year, but it takes more than pure talent to beat an in-state rival, especially one like the Cardinals. Either way, the 2013 Bluegrass Battle figures to be another memorable showdown.
MONTREZL HARRELL FORWARD
STEPHAN VAN TREESE THE EDGE > KENTUCKY
KEVIN ERPENBECK *No, this isn’t mistake. We’ve just heard it all before, so really it doesn’t matter what he says.
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This year’s Bluegrass Battle will pit two elite teams in the nation against one another, as both are ranked in AP’s Top 25 heading into the matchup. The differences between the two could not be any greater, however. UK traded in practically all of last year’s talent with a bigger and taller roster this year. The departure of guards Archie Goodwin (6’4”, 198 lbs) and Ryan Harrow (6’2”, 170 lbs) were filled in with the Harrison twins, Aaron (6’6”, 218 lbs) and Andrew (6’5”, 215 lbs). Freshman guard James Young was con-
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The UK-Louisville matchups have always been examined by fans in a statistical aspect. UK having 30-15 all-time record over the Cards, 19-11 in the yearly Bluegrass Battle matchups, 8-5 since the Rick Pitino Kentucky-based university switch, 4-1 in the John Calipari era, the past three games being decided by an average of six points (including the 2012 NCAA Final Four matchup), and so on. While the stats are nice to discuss, this yearâ€™s matchup will have a little history riding on it: back-to-back champions facing off. This year will mark the first time in 16 years that back-to-back nonconference sharing team champions will meet in a season. Last year, Louisville got the better of the defending national championship Cats in an 80-77 win. With the championship slipper on the other foot this year, UK will look to exact their revenge on the Cards and bring down this yearâ€™s defending champ. With the state of Kentucky owning the past two championship teams, bragging rights will be sought after by UK and Louisville fans alike. Both teams will look to leave Rupp Arena with one extra win over their in-state rival school and add the W to their equally promising seasons. So when do we get a Kentucky-based national championship game?
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THESE GUYS BEAT UNC (TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH) BELMONT | DECEMBER 21
Topping Boise’s stat sheet is junior guard Anthony Drmic with 21.5 points per game. In all, five Broncos are averaging double-digit points per game. The Cats are the only currently ranked team on the Broncos’ schedule, proving the vast chasm between the Bluegrass of Kentucky and the blue turf of Boise’s football field.
Before UK’s ultimate grudge match against the University of Louisville, the Cats will have tough home challenge against Belmont University. The Bruins are off to a hot start on their season, which already features an upset against No. 12 North Carolina University at the Dean Smith Center. Belmont is also considered to be a perennial “bracket buster” when it comes to the NCAA Tournament, so they will have no trouble of nerves matching up with a big school like UK. The Bruins feature a high octane offense, scoring an average of over 84 points per game. This is accomplished by the team shooting for 51 percent from the field, which ranks as the 21st best team field goal percentage in the nation. Senior guard J.J. Mann leads the team on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 17.7 points per game along with an average of three assists per game. If the Cats want to avoid giving Belmont its second road win over a ranked team this year, they will have to play a strong defense against the Bruins and avoid “looking ahead” to its much-anticipated Louisville matchup.
BLUE TURF VS. BLUE NATION BOISE STATE | DECEMBER 10 Boise State enters the matchup with the Cats boasting the highest points per game average in the nation, dropping 97.7 points every 40 minutes of play. As a team, the Broncos are 14th in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 51.6 percent, bolstered by the 65.7-percent shooting of Jeff Elorriaga. The senior guard also averages 13.6 points per game, shooting 63.3 percent from behind the arch.
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Top Left: Caleb Gregg | Kentucky Kernel, Top Right: Robert Willett | Raleigh News & Observer, Bottom: David Maialetti | Philadelphia Daily News
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UH OH. The bench goes crazy after the Cats start to mount their second-half comeback against Michigan State in the United Center.
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ONE Julius Randle muscles in a basket through contact in a win over Texas-Arlington. Randle has been a double-double machine this season.
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GET OFF ME, BRO Andrew Harrison made it a point to attack triple teams on route to the basket vs. Cleveland State. A couple of And-1â€™s later, the Vikings were reminded that #ZoneIsForCowards. PHOTO | JONATHAN KRUEGER
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For the first fives game of this young season, UK won despite the play of freshman guard Andrew Harrison. The heralded point guard had made repeated “freshman” mistakes and failed to defend the way his 6-foot-6-inch frame should allow him to. Yet, when the Cats were on the brink of suffering a monster upset at the hands of Cleveland State University, it was No. 5 that gave UK the push it needed. The game began with a familiar narra-
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In the past, UK would have opened the second half like a completely different team. This time though, the Vikings kept the pressure on. With 14 minutes remaining, they had actually extended their lead to 11 points. It was much of the same for a team a long way from putting two full halves together. The first opponent not named Michigan State University was giving UK a real challenge, and they needed a drastic change to avoid the most shocking loss
long been christened to lead. “He really stepped up as a leader, as he should,” UK freshman guard James Young said. “He really directed us, and he led us to the win.” Many people say young teams like UK need losses to learn how to win. Most players won’t dare subscribe to that philosophy. But if there was ever a game that taught the Cats a lesson, it was against Cleveland State on Monday night.
“He really stepped up as a leader, as he should. He really directed us, and he led us to the win.” — James Young
tive. UK came out slugglish and lethargic. They trailed by four points at halftime, maybe as poor a 20-minute stretch as you could possibly see them play. In the opening 20 minutes, they shot 26.9 percent from the field, turned the ball over seven times and played a brand of team defense that has been a constant concern for head coach John Calipari. Andrew Harrison only played six minutes in the first half, plagued by foul trouble from the opening minutes.
of the Calipari era in Lexington. It was near that point that the Cats flipped the switch. For five minutes and seven seconds, the Vikings didn’t score a field goal. UK was playing the defense they’re capable of. And on the back of Andrew Harrison’s play, they used a 12-0 run to take the lead. In the final eight minutes, after he picked up his fourth foul, Andrew Harrison had six points and three assists, finally taking the reigns of a team he has
They played 32 minutes of abysmal basketball, and all of the sudden, raised their effort level to that of their talent. And Andrew Harrison was the catalyst. It’s been said that Calpari’s teams need a superstar point guard to make them go. Until now, Andrew Harrison has been anything but. Yet, in order for UK to learn that the way to start games is the way they finished this one, their point guard will have to make it happen.
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a deeper look
WORDS | DAVID SCHUH As Willie Cauley-Stein sat down to speak with the media following UK’s game against Eastern Michigan, he calmly sported a pair of green, brown and white patterned pants. “They’re pretty nifty,” he responded when asked about them. The Cats’ sophomore forward carries a calm, yet beaming confidence with him wherever he goes. Now in an often-rare second year for a man his size in Lexington, he’s beginning to establish a role on a team filled with guys just as capable as him. And vs. the Eagles, Cauley-Stein had maybe the best game of his career, notching 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. It’s the first time in his 36 collegiate games that he’s accumulated those numbers together. UK won fairly easily, 81-63. There were a lot of your typical young team, early-season highs and lows, but it was Cauley-Stein who stood out as the player the Cats needed. Coming off the bench for the past four games, he has brought energy to a team gasping for it against far less-talented teams. In those last four games, Cauley-Stein is averaging 11.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and four blocks. In a game where freshman forward Julius Randle was held scoreless in the first half, UK needed somebody to be active, get rebounds and create second-chance opportunities.
PHOTO | JONATHAN KRUEGER Cauley-Stein did that from beginning to end. “He did a tremendous job with his activity,” Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy said. “He was all over the floor.” Maybe the most impressive thing about Cauley-Stein was his efficiency. He put up one of the more complete statistical games of any UK player this season, yet saw only 25 minutes of action. If he would have played closer to a full game, he may have flirted with a triple-double. “I just flew around, (brought) a lot of energy,” Cauley-Stein said of his performance Wednesday. “I ran, and when I was tired I subbed myself. That’s what (Calipari) preaches to us.” Cauley-Stein has experience on his side, something most Cats have everything but. He brings an extra energy when he gets on the court — a spark that can lead UK out of the lethargic mentality it has been known to mire in from time to time. And every talented team needs a Willie Cauley-Stein — someone who may not have the best ball skills on the floor, but has just enough of everything to produce at a consistently high level. He won’t score 15 points per game. But he will have games like Wednesday when his team needs someone to produce, to hustle, and to fight. And that’s just the quirky essence of Willie Cauley-Stein. He’s pretty nifty.
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a deeper look
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WORDS | DAVID SCHUH
UK head coach John Calipari did something he’s never done before — he started five freshmen in a game for the first time in a major college program since the University of Michigan in 1991. That Michigan team 22 years ago has served as the benchmark for all recruiting classes in college basketball. The Wolverines’ 1991 class, led by four McDonald’s All-Americans, burst onto the scene and changed the game forever. They ultimately lost backto-back national championship games, but Jalen Rose, Chris Webber and Juwan Howard went on to have successful NBA careers. Recently, Rose, now an ESPN analyst, was asked to compare UK’s current freshman class to his 1991-92 squad. “Are five freshmen going to start?” Rose asked. “If you start two, three or four, that’s where the comparison ends.” Last month, Calipari started five freshmen again in the Cats’ 105-76 win over the University of Texas at Arlington. Coincidence? Maybe. Calipari gave his reasons for inserting freshman forward Marcus Lee into the starting lineup. While none of them included the comments of a 40-year-old NBA veteran, it does create an interesting argument about the context of the Cats’ roster this season. In some ways, UK looks similar to the “Fab Five” of Michigan in size and skill level. But Calipari has a luxury that former
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Wolverine head coach Steve Fischer didn’t — depth. Calipari said throughout the offseason that a seven-man rotation would work best, while other players could break into the lineup if they proved themselves in practice. The funny thing is, he has run into a “problem.” Too many guys are proving themselves in practice. In wins over Robert Morris and UT-Arlington, he has used a nine-man rotation, giving increased playing time to Lee and fellow freshman guard Dominique Hawkins. Those nine guys are averaging at least 10 minutes per game. Six average 19 or more. The “Fab Five” had four guys averaging at least 19 minutes per game. Once Fischer set his freshman lineup, he found a formula that worked. It appears now that Calipari is forcing himself to look past his preconceived hesitations of unleashing his bench. With nine athletic, quality players, you can outrun teams in lesser shape and tailor your lineup to the opponent and the situation. The 2013-14 Cats are different than those Wolverines and are probably better from a depth of talent standpoint. Whatever the real reason was for starting five freshmen, Calipari may have realized how useful his depth can be moving forward. And when he truly harnesses the resources sitting next to him on the bench, he’ll have an argument that not even Jalen Rose can refute.
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The number of consecutive double-doubles for Julius Randle to start the season.
Calipariâ€™s likely interest in a possible Knicks coaching offer.
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Published on Jan 6, 2014
Published on Jan 6, 2014
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