I think we are starting to see a major issue develop in this team. We think we ought to walk on the court and have every call go our way. The opposing squad should simply roll out the red carpet for our dunks and clap as we posterize them. Attitude is different from confidence. You can walk out on the walk with the swagger and know your going to win. I want that in a team. But what I think is ridiculous is trying to argue with officials, pose for the camera, and get into these scrums we are beginning to see with regularity.
My dad always repeated to me that you can't complain about the officials; just figure out how they are calling the game and adjust accordingly. We are too often complaining about officiating. Remember Chuck Hayes and how when a foul was called he would just hand the ball to the officials and jog to his spot and get in position. What I find interesting about that is usually Chuck would start getting the calls on the other end and get less called on him. Officials subconsciously or consciously call less fouls on people that react positively to those that don't. Or when a call could go either way, say to give someone a technical or not.
It seems when there is a hard foul, we run in and try to break it up by shoving someone. It is like the drunk guy at the end of the night who has drank enough courage to prove he's a man. I don't understand why we think we need to prove we are men, but we need to redirect the anger, frustration, or whatever it is to playing ball. The past incident with Terrence Jones getting the double technical yesterday was ludicrous. The only thing it did was get us off our game and allow ODU back in it. Losing our composure will cost us later in the season, and it was not just in this game. Remember in the Kansas game where Robinson walked over Jones to gain his balance and the whole team wanted to get into a shoving match.
If we become a team that has a short fuse, the conference season is going to be rough. The rest of the league is going to egg our guys on to provoke them. We need some leadership to step in and take the reins. Miller did a good job on the floor yesterday, but he or someone else needs to get the emotions under control as well.
And lastly for the posing after every dunk, as the saying goes act like you've (done it) before.
Stay classy Kentucky