LEXINGTON, Ky. — So why did John Calipari grab Maria Taylor’s arm and should Sacha Killeya-Jones be starting for Kentucky basketball? Those and other topics, including a final look ahead to the football team’s trip to Georgia, are addressed on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country.
Host Curtis Burch and beat writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto discussed, among other things:
- Calipari’s fairly simple explanation of an awkward interaction with an ESPN sideline reporter during the loss to Kansas on Tuesday night. The gist: he got all fired up talking about how bad the Wildcats were rebounding and squeezed Taylor’s arm too hard.
- Calipari’s reaction to the question of Killeya-Jones’ worthiness to start. He certainly did not shoot down the idea and said above all, he loved SKJ’s effort. That alone will earn major points with Coach Cal.
- Hamidou Diallo’s mission to fix his broken jump shot remains a work in progress, but it is clearly improving. He shot almost 50 percent form the field and 3 of 6 from 3-point range in UK’s first two games. We talked to Diallo on Thursday about how he’s gone about getting the hitch out of his shot — and to Calipari about how impressed he’s been with the work being put in.
- Joe and Curtis talked a little football recruiting in the wake of 4-star QB Jarren Williams’ second decommitment from Kentucky. The Wildcats wasted no time putting out multiple new offers to quarterbacks, both JUCO and high school. We break down the latest options.
- Kentucky football players are drawing some motivation from social media for the Georgia game — but the running game is going to be far more important than any tweet when UK-UGA kicks off in Athens. Joe and Curtis make their predictions.