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Intersquad scrimmages are fun, but individual players and teams are often placed on pedestals with lofty expectations that will prove to be impossible to live up to during the regular season. UK's Blue-White Scrimmage on Tuesday is no different

Intersquad scrimmages are fun, but individual players and teams are often placed on pedestals with lofty expectations that will prove to be impossible to live up to during the regular season.

UK's Blue-White Scrimmage on Tuesday is no different. But if there is one takeaway, it is that these Wildcats have weapons. Lots of weapons.

Nine players finished with double figures in the scoring column as the Blue team defeated the White team 99-71 and Kentucky head coach John Calipari believes this team is capable of producing a different 30-point performance on any given night.

"We could have as many as seven, eight guys do that," Calipari said after the scrimmage.

Regardless of who is carrying the load offensively, it is important for a team with such unbelievable depth to maintain their roles and not worry about the number of shot attempts.

"If somebody goes for 30, don't have that affect how you think or play or -- you just can't on this team because you're going to drive yourself crazy," Calipari said. "And so if someone is doing it you can't let it affect you. Just play basketball, defend, rebound."

James Young had the hot hand on Tuesday as he scored in a variety of ways. The freshman wing totaled 25 points while shooting nearly 69 percent from the field. When asked who the leading scorer on the team would be at the end of the 2013-2014 season, Young declined to make a prediction.

"I have no clue. I think we will all get the same amount of shots because everyone gets the dribble drive so whoever has the open shot will take it."

Julius Randle, along with Aaron and Andrew Harrison are all threats to turn in large scoring nights by using a level of physicality at their respective positions that will likely be unmatched at the college level.

Returning sophomores Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein demonstrated during their freshman campaign, that they are both capable of break out performances.

Poythress, especially, has a skill-set that allows him to take advantage of the opposition in many different ways. The 6-foot-8 forward is the only player in the Calipari era to score 20 points in four consecutive games.

Two players that may catch teams by surprise this season are freshman Dakari Johnson and Derek Willis.

Johnson is a legitimate 7-footer with an old school low post game. While he is not a flashy player by any means, he is the type of big man that will quietly turn in large statistical outings all season long.

Willis, on the other hand, may not see the court as much as he would like this season. But he certainly proved his worth as he scored 21 points and 5-6 from long range in the scrimmage. Drawing comparisons to former UK great Scott Padgett, Willis is due for a bright career at Kentucky with his ability to shoot, pass, handle the ball and see the floor at 6-foot-9.

With all the speculation floating around after Tuesday's Blue-White scrimmage, Kentucky will get their first glimpse at outside competition on Friday, Nov. 1 as the Cats take on Transylvania in an exhibition matchup. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Rupp Arena.


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