Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt was… strange to me. It was strange that Stoops went to backup quarterbacks so early in the game with Terry Wilson playing well and the defense struggling to get stops. It was strange that even after Vanderbilt pulled within 10 points, Stoops still played as if he were ahead by 20. Kentucky managed, despite all reason, to give the Commodores an opportunity to tie or even win the game on a onside kick plus a field goal or Hail Mary. Of course, it failed, just as the statistics say it was likely to.
- Terry Wilson’s best game this year. He was accurate, his reads on options outstanding. He showed why he is so dangerous with his scrambling ability, and but for some bad short throws, really did everything about as well as we could ever ask.
- There is little doubt that Chris Rodriguez Jr. is our best back, and A.J. Rose just has to live with fewer carries. I know that Rose will get his opportunities, and Kentucky will ride him if he gets hot, but Rodriguez has been more consistent, especially in short yardage situations.
- I’d like to see more tight end involvement. They really did us proud Saturday.
- I’ve no idea what happened to the defense in this game. I guess we can chalk this one up to “not ready to play,” because I really have no other explanation for why Vanderbilt was so efficient offensively against UK, particularly with the run. The front seven were particularly disappointing in their lack of ability to get off blocks. I suppose we should give Vandy’s O-line some props, as they did a fine job against a bigger, more talented foe.
- Tackling was an issue.
- Jamin Davis is really becoming a beast on defense. I just wonder how good our linebacking corps could be if everyone were healthy.
- Special teams played pretty well, especially considering that some of our best special teams players were out for the game.
Kentucky will need a much better defensive effort against Alabama to have any chance at all, and I expect we’ll get one. But it’s the offense that still has me concerned. No doubt the UK offense was fine against Vandy, but will we see a return to earlier form against the #1 Crimson Tide? We’ll see.
Tweet of the Morning
NCAA confirms there will be a gap between “Selection Sunday” and the start of the NCAA Tournament that is longer than usual so teams can enter a bubble— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 16, 2020
Interesting. Makes sense, though.
- Four Wildcats — Jamin Davis, Chance Poore, J.J. Weaver and Landon Young — all earn SEC honors this week.
- Kentucky’s defense is pissing Mark Stoops off. Me too, coach.
- Alabama QB Mack Jones was committed to Kentucky at one time. Kentucky’s Vince Morrow talked about him to the Herald-Leader’s Josh Moore. One interesting thing is that his dad said Jones probably would’ve stayed with UK if it had not fired Shannon Dawson.
- Alabama game preview.
- Kentucky announces student ticket information for 2020-21 basketball: 300 tickets each game.
- Kentucky target Hunter Sallis will not be making his decision any time soon.
- Going against Oliver Sarr has helped Isaiah Jackson sharpen his game.
- Get to know the 2020-21 men’s basketball team.
Other Kentucky sports
- Cross-country runner Matt Duvall named Freshman of the Year in the SEC. Congratulations!
- Kentucky swim team gets verbal from six-time Iowa state championship finalist.
- In case you missed it, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was fired on Sunday. The Banner Society analyzes the fallout.
- Speaking of South Carolina — Uh oh, Louisville…
Scott Satterfield on his name being mentioned at South Carolina: "I don't have a reaction. We have a job to do here. I have so much going on here, I don't have time to worry about anything else. . . . I am focused on this team and doing everything we can to try and find a win."— Jody Demling (@jdemling) November 16, 2020
- Seeing a lot of this lately…
SEC announces that the Mississippi-Texas A&M game has been postponed.— Josh Moore (@JoshMooreHL) November 16, 2020
- The NCAA’s goal is to hold the NCAA tournament this year in one geographic region with Indianapolis being the initial target. Matt Norlander described how this would work in August.
- Hmm. I wish I could say I was surprised…
Why the 2022 first round draft pick matters:— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 16, 2020
1) There's a major premium on 2021 picks, as NBA teams are anticipating what appears to be an outstanding upcoming class
2) Growing pessimism around the possibility of the age limit being eliminated in time for the 2022 draft. https://t.co/bwh6d2Z7OA
- Pandemic-induced dead period extension has forced a lot of college basketball players to pick schools sight-unseen.
Other sports news
- European Vega rocket suffers second failure in three launches.
- Light energy converted to surface waves on graphene with almost 90% efficiency. Wow. That could revolutionize solar energy.
- Caesar the Ape smiles: Scientists used human genes to make monkey brains bigger.