KSR Radio's John Wilkinson blogged last night's UK loss to Iowa in the Guardian's Classic. Go through the game in entertaining fashion in 'Ten Minutes with Wilk'
Good news for 'Cats fans as Shagari Alleyene is in the starting lineup. If nothing else we have a good shot at getting the opening tip.
After watching the first five minutes. Tubby, you know a lot about basketball. You've won a national title, and win at an astronomical clip. But this little Shagari experiment has to end. I know you want him to improve, because who wouldn't want a 7'3 force in their paint. It's not happening Tubby, let the big man go. The game becomes a 4 on 5 mis-match when Shag is on the floor.
Speaking of the floor, the parquet wood was nice in the ol' gardens in Boston, but it always seems like I'm watching a game on an expanded version of my grandparent's foyer.
Crawford. He's showing signs in the first half of overcoming his 'Buike-itis (it's a rare infliction that only the extremely physically gifted get when they forget that they're extremely physically gifted), but I think the problem is he's flat out not meant for "Tubby-Ball."
Carter. If Tubby is going to remain adamant about playing the three redwoods, I vote for Jared Carter. He really needed a redshirt before playing at this level, but he actually has basketball knowledge, and plays aggressive. Plus, unlike the other two, he gets fed the ball in the post because they know he'll at least catch it.
Sims is really showing some Padgett-esque qualities. The forward had hit 5 of the team's 10 first half field goals. He's kind of like slightly less skilled spawn of a Padgett and Shane Battier. His excitement is contagious though, after a taking a charge he's as eager as Bob Huggins at an open bar.
I'm trying to come up with a list of Rajon Rondo comparisons, because you just can't compare the kid to anything human.
Other first half notes: Sparks hit a long three early on, then proceeded to give up about four of them to Iowa. Bless his heart, he must be in debt to the mob. Why else would you play with concrete blocks on your feet?...Josh Carrier is on the bench as a graduate assistant. That makes me feel better.Congratulations to Lukasz Obrzut who authoritatively snagged his first rebound of the season. He's like a tree that can't get wet during a rainstorm.Rondo the praying mantis?
Ravi Moss gets the second half nod over Joe Crawford. Interesting, let's see where Crawford faux-transfers to this time.
Iowa is a nice team with a lot of experience and decent coaching. But I'm tired of UK not putting teams away with far-less ability and athleticism when they have opportunities to do so.
Sparks's man just told Tubby that he was lonely.
Rondo the gazelle?
UK's offense here, just under 10 minutes, is starting to resemble the Phoenix Suns. I like it, helter-skelter could take UK pretty far, as long as they aren't the ones turning it over.
Rondo just grabbed rebound number 17. 0 points, 17 rebounds? Rondo the worm?
"Woo", please be 7'1, please.
I like having Bradley in the game when it's tight down the stretch like this. It's rather unusual that Tubby has so much faith in this young gun-slinger, but you have to like his energy and quickness. He's one of the most fearless players we have, which can be good and bad. Sometimes he needs to learn that A) this isn't Rucker Park, and B) it's a tie game.
Rondo the hedgehog?
After Bobby Perry's layup goes astray (yeah, another one), it looks like Iowa will hang on. Give Alford credit for limiting Rondo to 5 points, and getting his team ready.
The 'Cats played sloppy, and shot poorly, but still played better than they did in the 2 opening rounds. There's still no reason to think this isn't a legit Final Four contender, especially if Morris returns.
Other game notes: Career highs for Sims and Perry, with 22 and 12 respectively. UK out-rebounded the Haweyes 45-39: thanks Rajon, and yes Woo and Shag, thank you too. On to face the fighting Pittsnoggles of West Virginia, another tough November foe.