An improving Kansas team pushed Kentucky around and had its way with the Wildcats. Remember, this is a Kansas team that lost to Nevada and Saint Josephs. Then again, Indiana did much the same thing to Kentucky after it lost to a mid-major team.
The Wildcats have so many problems that it's unfair to expect Randolph Morris, or any one player, to change the season's direction. Everything from shooting to player rotation to team chemistry has to be questioned.
And don't forget effort. No matter how many times Tubby Smith tells us how hard this team plays, I just don't see it. Certain players play hard and at times the team plays with great intensity. But overall, these Cats just don't get it. They don't understand the pride they should have when they put on that Kentucky uniform.
Watch warmups at a game. Players shoot with towels draped around their necks. Players go half-speed. They don't get ready. No matter how poorly they play, they insist they can correct it and then the same lack of intensity shows up over and over.
What's going on? Those closest to the team insist there are no internal problems. Myself, I have to wonder. Something is just not right. Something is not clicking.
Smith promised major changes after the Kansas loss. Let's hope so. I would start freshman Jared Carter -- at least he plays with some aggressiveness. I would start Morris -- what could it possibly hurt. Give Rekalin Sims a true look at small forward. Put Joe Crawford at his natural spot at two guard for a game. Let Brandon Stockton run the team the way Smith wants at point guard.
Maybe that will inspire other players. Maybe it will take pressure off players who are putting too much pressure on themselves. No matter what, it couldn?t produce a more embarrassing effort than the one at Kansas.