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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Questions about the Basketball Team Edition

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This Kentucky team looked very young during even the fan-less Big Blue Madness, and Coach Cal has confirmed his frustrations with them. Prepare for a season perhaps more “interesting” than we would like ...

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Normally, I have been discussing Saturday’s football game in this space, but today, I hope you’ll forgive me if I decline to do so. Some games are just best forgotten by everybody but the team.

Moving on to Big Blue Madness, I’m sure a lot has been said on this subject but I want to offer a few observations of my own.

First off, I didn’t realize, until I experienced it, how different (and not in a good way) Big Blue Madness is without a crowd. I don’t think I need to expound on that much, but let’s just say I hope this is the last time we have to ever put on this traditional scrimmage without the crowd.

I am encouraged by what I saw of the Women’s team. This looks like a potential SEC contender, and if everything goes well (and Rhyne Howard stays healthy), a potential deep NCAA Tournament team. At least, it passes the eye test.

The men’s basketball team is more of an enigma:

  • I was looking for the Alpha dog on this team, and I didn’t identify one. That is troubling.
  • Shooting, with the exception of Jacob Toppin, a graduate transfer, was ... not great.
  • This team looks like it is going to get pushed around a lot in the SEC at almost every position. They are tall, long, athletic and all pretty much featherweights.
  • The team we have should be very versatile, but they felt like the youngest team we have ever had. They have very far to go and a short time to get there.
  • I predict the starting lineup we see early on will not be the lineup come tournament time (assuming we get there). I have never felt less certain of a group of players in the Calipari era.

This season promises to be nothing if not a realization of the old Chinese curse (you know the one I mean). If nothing else, surprises should be plentiful, good and bad. Take it away, Sam:

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“Worst scrimmage since I’ve been the coach here,” Calipari said during a video teleconference. “I’ve got both feet and hands on the panic button right now. I’m just hoping they need to play against somebody else and just got tired of each other. Because if not, I’m going to have to be the most patient soul on the Earth when we start the season, like, 0-6.”

Not exactly a vote of confidence.

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