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  • VAUGHT: Perplexing game finds Cats with 85-74 win over Texas A&M

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    It was a game thatís hard to explain.

    Kentucky fell behind 10-0 to Texas A&M ó a team most expect to be near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference ó before going on a dominating run to take a 35-21 lead and 48-34 halftime lead.

    But in the second half, the Cats reverted or lost their mojo again or something. Kentucky led just 68-66 with 6:16 to play before finally winning 85-74 with a performance that again left John Calipari perplexed.

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    1. anderwt's Avatar
      anderwt -
      Cal is having to coach so much more harder than he thought with this group..
    1. catmanjack's Avatar
      catmanjack -
      The dogs just havenít shown up.
    1. KSRBEvans's Avatar
      KSRBEvans -
      Classic inexperience--lollygag, surge, rinse, repeat.

      It's going to get them beat some games, especially on the road, until they learn to play every possession.
    1. UKFlounder's Avatar
      UKFlounder -
      BEvans likely said it better, but I think itís not perplexing - Kentucky just isnít a very good team. Iím not saying the Cats are awful, but theyíre kind of stuck in the middle, and thatís why teams like Bama, aTm and some non-conference foes can be so competitive with a team made out of supposedly ďtop 2Ē recruiting classes.

      The UNC (and perhaps U6) games displayed some potential, but this team RIGHT NOW is not close to that team consistently. The SEC season might be quite a bumpy ride, again, if they donít grow up, soon. Guys like KJ or PJ need to compete and play hard AND WELL much more frequently than they currently do.
    1. KSRBEvans's Avatar
      KSRBEvans -
      Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder View Post
      BEvans likely said it better, but I think it’s not perplexing - Kentucky just isn’t a very good team. I’m not saying the Cats are awful, but they’re kind of stuck in the middle, and that’s why teams like Bama, aTm and some non-conference foes can be so competitive with a team made out of supposedly “top 2” recruiting classes.

      The UNC (and perhaps U6) games displayed some potential, but this team RIGHT NOW is not close to that team consistently. The SEC season might be quite a bumpy ride, again, if they don’t grow up, soon. Guys like KJ or PJ need to compete and play hard AND WELL much more frequently than they currently do.
      I was listening to Mike DeCourcy yesterday and he pretty much said the same thing. He said this is a collection of inexperienced, B+ level players. He says that level of talent can't just walk into a gym and beat you by showing up, especially in conference, especially on the road. They have to work hard and work together, and they haven't figured out how to do that yet, at least consistently.
    1. Terminus's Avatar
      Terminus -
      Quote Originally Posted by KSRBEvans View Post
      I was listening to Mike DeCourcy yesterday and he pretty much said the same thing. He said this is a collection of inexperienced, B+ level players. He says that level of talent can't just walk into a gym and beat you by showing up, especially in conference, especially on the road. They have to work hard and work together, and they haven't figured out how to do that yet, at least consistently.
      Thatís fair and a good assessment, imo. Unfortunately one of our most consistent attributes is inconsistency. I really like the way Hagans is coming along and growing into that floor general role. Heís been a better passer than I anticipated and has a nice hesitation dribbble he uses getting to the rim.
    1. anderwt's Avatar
      anderwt -
      That is why the fan base is so frustrated..the talent is there in these guys, they just aren’t bringing it and it’s frustrating Cal..
    1. Catfan73's Avatar
      Catfan73 -
      We’ve got some A talent but we don’t bring it every game much less every possession.
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