What a frustrating game. The Kentucky Wildcats looked at times like they were going to completely dominate and run the LSU Tigers out of the gym. But the defensive effort prevented that from happening. The ‘Cats allowed LSU to go on extended scoring runs and the Tigers ended the game hitting a flurry of threes to cut the final score to 92-85. At one point UK led by 25 points.
Wenyen Gabriel was a bright spot as he dropped 16 points in the first half and grabbed 8 rebounds. He ended the game with 23 points, shooting almost 70% from the field and 50% from three. Malik Monk got back on track as well.
Here is what we discussed:
- The reboot worked on offense, not so much on defense
- Wenyen Gabriel was terrific
- LSU was as bad as a team can be but didn’t quit
- Malik Monk was good on offense, brutal on defense and on the boards
- De’Aaron Fox still looks a step slower than usual
- The bench stunk again
- John Calipari post game press conference
- Cal was REALLY mad at his team, wanted to practice three hours that night but will practice for three hours today
- He is finally calling out the stars on their effort, Monk and Fox specifically
- Keys to victory at Alabama on Saturday
- And more!
Calipari will continue to work on defense and getting guys to buy in with hustle and effort. The ‘Cats will face an Alabama team that could be dangerous at home as they are coming off their biggest victory of the season over #19 South Carolina.
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