Tom's Take: moving forward

December 31st 2012

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                Ryan Harrow is playing like he was expected to play at the beginning of the season.  Now, where does he go from here?  John Calipari says thatís what he told the UK point guard after a zero turnover-in-39 minutes performance against Louisvilleís suffocating defensive pressure on the Cardsí home floor.

                You could say much the same about the Kentucky team.  The effort we saw after Louisville moved out to a 17-point lead is that kind of passion and urgency and intensity that was expected from the start of the season--now, do they build on that performance or do they continue to be a team that just plays in spurts?

                In his postgame press conference, Louisville coach Rick Pitino candidly said  he didnít Kentucky was a very good team two weeks ago, but the Cats are a ďhelluva teamĒ now.   Heís right, as long as the Wildcats continue to play the way they did down the stretch.  The mistakes and missed free throws that kept them escaping with the upset win can be fixed, as long as the Cats compete the way they did when they were on the brink of embarassment at the hands of a rival.

                Alex Poythress remains the biggest  mystery on this team.   He showed a spark in the first half when he managed seven points and four rebounds (although most, if not all of those came in the first five or so minutes of the game).  In the second half, Poythress was missing in what action he got.   Willie Cauley-Stein isnít nearly as polished as Poythress as a basketball player, but Poythress would be mentioned as a potential overall number one draft pick if he played the game with the passion that WCS does consistently.

                Kentucky made significant strides from the Baylor loss to the one at Louisville and the Cats now look like a team that might be able to make a little noise in March.   The next true judgement game against a Final Four-caliber opponent will come at Florida on February 12 and letís see how much better these young Cats can get from now until then.


Don said...

I really liked the way the team played from an energy standpoint. I think that if they continue to show the kind of passion and energy the rest of the way we should be in good shape by march. I am proud of how these young men have progressed. I hope the negative comments become less and we give support to these guys. GO CATS WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

posted at 2:50 AM on Jan 1st 2013

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