VAUGHT: Team's mental lapses puzzle Morris

Part of Randolph Morris' maturity since he came back to Kentucky is being able to accept responsibility for his play. When he has played well, he's been quick to credit teammates for his success. When he's struggled, he's been willing to put the blame on himself.

Part of Randolph Morris' maturity since he came back to Kentucky is being able to accept responsibility for his play. When he has played well, he's been quick to credit teammates for his success. When he's struggled, he's been willing to put the blame on himself.

So is it fair criticism of this team to say that it plays in spurts and can go from bad to good to bad all in the same game? "That is very fair. It is true. We play great, slack off and then play great again," said Morris. "I have no idea why. I have yet to figure that out myself. I don't know why we can play so well at one point, then have mental lapses and not play as well and then play well again. I have no clue."

Morris says the team is more consistent in practice, but in games the inconsistency has been remarkably consistent. "We get to games and just don't play like we do in practice. It doesn't carry over for some reason," Morris said.

Morris' biggest problem has been fouls. When he's been able to stay on the court, he's been a solid inside scorer even though the Cats have had trouble at times remembering to get the ball to him. His rebound has been solid, not spectacular. But considering he missed the first 14 games because of his suspension after his attempt to make the NBA draft, he's just happy to be playing.

"I am satisfied just to be playing," he said. "It fills a big hole in my career just to be able to play here again. It makes the whole season worthwhile. I'm having some ups and downs, but if we can just stay consistent we will be fine."

And what about the future? Is Morris as committed today to being back at UK next year as he said he was when his suspension was lifted? "I made some very immature, foolish decisions. I think that by coming back and getting a second chance, I found what I need to work on and how long to work on it before I am a better player. I have a lot of work to do," Morris said. "I need to increase my effectiveness on the court. I've got to be more involved in rebounding, pick up my scoring. I have to do all the things it takes to be a well rounded player here before I can even think about anything else and I've learned this year that I have a lot of work ahead of me the next few years."


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