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So, what does UK basketball need to do to improve



I know our star players are young, but what do they need to do to "right the ship".
I think they need to play tougher defense, more aggressive, and not just jump in the air everytime someone tries to fake you out of your shoes.

Be tougher inside on the offensive side, get the ball in to Noel and WCS. Wiltjer/Poythress/Goodwin need to be more aggressive taking the ball to the rim.
This team has plenty of talent, but are allowing themselves to get pushed around. I think they will be fine come February, but they need to toughen up quick...







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Kige Ramsey
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They need to attack on offense more





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- Keep up the intensity on the floor. I did like that much from them today but it's going to have to continue as they work things out.

- Work on finishing around the rim. We easily left 10-20 points out there within 5 feet.

- Helpside defense. If Noel is going for the block someone needs to move down to the opposite block in the case of a missed shot. It just doesn't happen at all with these guys.

- Harrow getting into the lane needs to happen more. He got some open looks (didn't fall, but certainly open). And opened things up for other guys.

- Goodwin needs to work on his FTs if he is going to go with driving to the basket to draw the foul.






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And Goodwin has to reel it in a little bit. You can't plow guys over on the way to the basket and hope they call the foul. He got away with a few today.





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I think WCS hit the nail on the head after the Baylor game. They are not last years team. To be honest, I think last years team spoiled most of us, but they were once a decade talented and selfless. Any of the 7 that got significant playing time last year could drop 25 and were totally ok with scoring 10 if the team won. This team looks like they are just showing up and expecting to win based on their talent, which I think is very typical of a team full of deer in headlights freshmen. This team I believe very much resembles the Brandon Knight led Kentucky team that was drilled by Connecticut in Maui that everyone wrote off when they continued to lose SEC road games, but made the Final Four. That team did at least have upperclassmen like Harrelson and and Miller to keep the kids on track. I think the biggest thing is making these kids realize that EVERY team they play is going to come at their heads and they are going to have to match that intensity, because without that they are going to be flat. I see no need to worry just yet, because they are still working out the kinks in an offense that has 3 or 4 guys capable of leading the team in scoring but have no proven way to get them the ball yet, but that will definitely come with time. Each of the last 3 years, Cal's teams have gotten progressively better as the year went on. Along with all of this, making these kids play against a zone in practice and telling them how to handle it would obviously help them a lot as well.





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We missed a total of like 22-23 shots from 5 feet in someone said. Noel missed at least 7 himself.

21 offensive rebouds for 6 points is pathetic.

There is too much one on one ball. They play bad defense, they get back in transition defense poorly, and overall don't hustle. Until they commit to team ball, and playing within the system, they will fail. It will start with defense.

My opinion, and I LOVE my Kats:

Poythress: looks lethargic, and completely disinterested. Always in slow motion.

Noel: Zero touch around the basket. Catches the ball in the middle of the zone and doesn't attack.

Goodwin: (my favorite) Wreckless and immature. Extremely skilled, but not polished. Best athlete on the floor most nights.

Mayes: Beast. Plays within himself and the system.

Witjer: Lost his mojo - seriosuly. He's in sophomore slump. Quit you-tubing and shoot an hour before and after practice. Complete liability on defense - pathetic post defender.

Cauley-Stein: Needs more floor time. Too athletic to sit, and makes things happen more times than not on the floor. He will be a beast before it is all said and done.

Harrow: Silky-smooth, just needs some floor time. Needs to prove a consistent jumper.



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kywildcatfanone
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I agree with your assessments with perhaps the exception of Harrow. Maybe more floor time will be the trick with him, but right now he doesn't look like the "floor general" UK needs. He also need to be more aggressive on offense and drive/draw/dish.

Poythress can be a beast, but he needs to play harder when he is out there.

They all need to work on defense,and not leaving their feet when faked.

This team will be fine, but we were spoiled by last year too...






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Poythress makes me think of the Tubby quote about Azibuike. "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane". A guy like that needs to realize he's bigger and stronger than most and get a chip on his shoulder.





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Bho, great point. That fits well.






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