LEXINGTON, Ky. — What’s in the box? Or rather what isn’t in the box? You’ll have to listen to the end of our latest episode of Wildcat Country, a daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country, to find out about the mysterious boxes in the Florida basketball media work room Saturday.
Also on this episode: Host Curtis Burch and beat writer Kyle Tucker talk a bit more about what went wrong for the Wildcats in Gainesville — or perhaps more accurately, what coach John Calipari might’ve done wrong before that trip. They also discussed this piece from Kyle: a how-to guide for Kentucky to make a deep NCAA Tournament run.
- Calipari said that after a couple weeks of regular scrimmaging, which whipped the Wildcats into shape enough to beat four straight SEC opponents by double digits, he did not scrimmage before the Florida game. And the Cats were not sharp. “It took an edge off,” he admits. But a young team that needs regular game action to stay engaged might thrive in a three-games-in-three-days scenario such as the SEC Tournament.
- Kyle asked Calipari what Sacha Killeya-Jones has to do to earn some playing time and found himself unsatisfied by part of the answer. Kyle indulges a fairly lengthy rant about the struggles of Nick Richards and the lack of a valid argument for playing him over SKJ at this point. Do you agree?
- Give the freakin’ ball to Quade Green. He’s shooting 58 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range over the last five games. He started 3 for 3 from deep at Florida and didn’t get another attempt in the second half. The former McDonald’s All-American is UK’s best bucket getter, so let him get buckets, Kyle says.
- There’s talk of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (figuratively) swallowing the basketball, of Kevin Knox’s reliance on offensive success to be defensively engaged, and how critical it is for the Cats to keep Jarred Vanderbilt and PJ Washington on the court. (The Vando rebounding stats, in a national and historical context, are absurd.)
- What’s in the box?!