OK Scotty, you can do the John Wall this one time because you are from Kentucky, other than that your playa pass is revoked.
I’m hurting. Besides the plethora of text messages from UL fans I can breathe a little bit easier knowing that Cal is fine with the loss and that #1 went down…Kansas lost today to former Kentucky Wildcat Travis Ford’s fighting Ok. State Cowboys 85-77.
What does that do for us? Well, for starters it eases the pain of a loss to the Fanta fighters, UT. That puts the race for a number one seed back in reach for the Cats given 3 teams now have 2 losses (Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse). Go Villanova! Also, UT beat Kansas (then #1) at UT which doesn’t make our loss to a ranked team look as bad to the masses.
What can you say about the game really? The Cats got off to a slow start, the Vols smelled blood and went for the jugular early and often. We found ourselves at a 19 point whole with about 10 minutes gone by. We didn’t necessarily shoot well, understatement of the year, and the Vols were able to control the pace. John Wall was really the only thing going and he didn’t shoot well either.
Pros:– Wall played well at times and showed that he could single-handily bring his squad back under duress. – Cal making adjustments at the half and pumping the team up.
– Cats showed the will to win by coming back late in the game, a plus in a tough environment needless to say
Cons (gotta be more when we lose):– Help D. Haven’t said that before, but it sure killed us at times when UT was making shots. – The inability to stroke it from deep. Cats shot a miserable 2-22 from 3 for the game, 9% folks. – Need a better performance from Patterson. He has shown that he is fundamentally sound for 3 years, however, this season he has made some plays that even I have to question what he was thinking.
– Slow Start. The Cats can’t wait for the game to come to them and looked very lackadaisical early. – The bench. The bench will help you, but it will also kill you when it doesn’t help out. Like Rob said earlier, I think Cal will shorten his bench quicker then we think. – Over-penetration by the guards, specifically Wall and Bledsoe. These guys are extremely fast, just need to see the play unfolding and slow down when needed.
– Darnell Dodson. He’s a shooter, and has shown signs he can stroke it. Darnell’s problem is that he isn’t necessarily squaring up to the basket like most good shooters do. Too often he is falling away to the right or left. Back to the basics Darnell, please! – Lastly, I have to ask why Cal didn’t call timeouts when UT was making their run in the first half. Yes, this team is good, and god I love them, but we needed something to stop them early and a timeout would have taken the air out of the ball for a bit.