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John Calipari and Bruiser Flint discuss playing multiple big men

Going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are finally getting back to full strength.

Aaron Bradshaw shined in his second game as a Wildcat this past Saturday, and now John Calipari has mentioned that Ugonna Onyenso is beginning full-contact practice and could see some playing time against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

For most of the BBN, this might be the scariest situation possible, as Coach Cal will likely try to roll out multiple big men in each lineup. He said as much in his radio show on Monday, but with a slight twist, noting he’d do it because Kentucky has multiple big men who can stretch the floor and won’t necessarily jam up the paint.

“What’s the best way of playing with two bigs? Do we space the corner with elbows? But, see, our bigs can shoot 3s, so you don’t have to do high-low and jam up the lane. It’s just different,” Calipari exclaimed. “How do we play against a switching defense? Do we then go to post-ups, which we have guys that can do that? So there are different things we can do.”

Then on Thursday, assistant coach Bruiser Flint said this about playing multiple bigs and posting them up, which could affect how fast Kentucky plays.

“I think we will play a little bit different in terms of our our speed. When you add the big guys, you post up more,” said Flint.

With Tre Mitchell playing the 5 for the first few games of the season, the Cats used an offensive style that many have been clamoring for years to see, so hopefully, that isn’t about to change as Kentucky looks to find the perfect balance in the frontcourt.

Kentucky has finally returned to a dribble-drive, 4-out/1-in style of offense that Coach Cal has had a ton of success with during his career. And with the shooting touch of Mitchell and Bradshaw, the Cats should allow both to utilize that strength while continuing to play with tempo.

Should be interesting to see how things go if Onyenso does play against UNC this weekend.