Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies. Summer is quickly coming to a close, and for once, I’m not sure I’ll miss it. Rain, more rain, and rumors of rain have been the daily dish around here.
But on to our lead story, which is Team USA Basketball. Of late, the boys in red, white and blue have been struggling against notably inferior competition, and fingers are beginning to point in the direction of head coach Mike Krzyzewski:
The talent is there, but it’s mismatched. It’s a coach’s job to make the talent work together, and thus far, Krzyzewski has failed to do that. Instead, he’s allowing the five guys on the court to alternate playing isolation basketball on offense (while the other four players stand and watch) and go through the motions on defense.
Meanwhile, Krzyzewski seems intent to sabotage this squad’s chances. The team’s main problems — defense and offensive movement off the ball — aren’t being rectified, and the one player on the team who specializes in both areas — Draymond Green — is stapled to the end of the bench.
I have always been concerned about coaches, particularly when it comes to teams in the Olympics, focusing too much on offensive prowess and not enough on defense. If this team loses, I think that will be why.
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My mom really loved Elvis. I liked him as well. I remember watching him in all those specials and movies, listening to his unmistakable voice on the radio. Ah, memories …
Why are Kentucky’s coaches and players more confident going into this season? You got me. To be fair, though, confidence is a good thing, even if some may think it misplaced.
Also, Kentucky does have some very good talent at several positions. The problem is, there are just so many holes, it’s hard for me to feel as confident as they are.
To my point above: As expected, Kentucky football’s linebackers need work. Linebacker is just not a good place to go into the season needing work.
Concerns that Jedrick Willis may follow in Damien Harris’ footsteps and trundle off to the Tide. If Kentucky wants to truly excel at football, they have to find a way to keep players like Harris and Willis in the Bluegrass state.
Stoops to Cats: "You’re not meant to feel real good right now." Indeed. Suck it up, buttercup. It’ll pay off in the end.
Other Kentucky sports
- Former Kentucky track and field star Leah Nugent has advanced to the Olympic semifinals in the 400-meter hurdles.
Urban Meyer thinks that the Cincinnati Bearcats should be in the Big 12. He is a UC alum, of course.
Quarterback transfers becoming epidemic in college football. This is undoubtedly true, and Kentucky has seen it firsthand.
What we learned from the Arkansas Razorbacks’ trip to Spain. We need for Arkansas to get better. I’m not sure they will be.
Honestly, did you think that Tubby Smith would be as widely-traveled as he has become? I confess, I did not.
Other sports news
- RUMOR: Julius Randle to Denver?
“Sonic” black holes created in the lab show signs of quantum entanglement, a big step toward proving Stephen Hawking’s theory about Hawking radiation around cosmic black holes. Hat tip: Instapundit.
Has Infiniti just revolutionized the internal combustion engine with variable-compression technology? We’ll know in a few years, I guess. Hat tip: Instapundit.
Ever heard of a protophobic X boson? Well, now you have.
Sitting really can kill you, say heart experts. I definitely have to work harder on this, it’s easy in my job to sit for hours.