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Sport John Clay: March is nearly here, so how good is this Kentucky basketball team?

06:15  27 february  2020
06:15  27 february  2020 Source:   latimes.com

John Clay: Quick, who is Kentucky basketball's most consistent player?

  John Clay: Quick, who is Kentucky basketball's most consistent player? Nick Richards is the main man in the middle, the 7-footer in the midst of a breakout junior season. Tyrese Maxey is the happy-go-lucky boy wonder, coming up big in the big games. Ashton Hagans is the facilitator on offense, the ball-hawk on defense. And yet I can't help thinking that through 24 games of this Kentucky basketball season, Immanuel Quickley may be the player most responsible for this team’s success. Quickley is Kentucky basketball’s Mr. Consistency.“He’s a killer,” said teammate Johnny Juzang after the Cats’ 77-64 victory at Tennessee last Saturday.

“ That ’s the best I’ve seen EJ play in a while.” The Kentucky coach was asked how good can his team be? “I think we’re OK,” he said after his facetious A native of Central Kentucky and a 1981 graduate of the University of Kentucky , John Clay is an award-winning blogger who covered UK football for 13

You know who that sounds like? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This is not to say Briscoe is MKG, who was such a vital part of the 2012 title team . The Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team has just nine games remaining in the regular season. Coach John Calipari’s team is facing some issues, but also

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for March. Bring on college basketball’s postseason. Right here, right now. Never mind the three games remaining on Kentucky’s regular-season schedule. Hard games, cautions UK Coach John Calipari. We know. They’re all hard games.

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Still, bring on Selection Sunday. That’s what ultimately matters, right? Everyone’s playing for March, which as it happens starts Sunday. March matters. The NCAA Tournament matters. It’s the only thing that matters.

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“ That pretty much sums it up.” “ This team is getting better !” said UK coach John Calipari. So how did Kentucky go from despair to domination in a week’s time? Just maybe, somewhere in the span of this week, this Kentucky team decided it would refuse to be the team it has been. It refused to come

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“They say we’re a four seed and moving down,” Calipari said Tuesday night, forever playing the “UK-against-the-world” card in which the Cats are sure to be handed the most difficult road imaginable to the Final Four in Atlanta.

Bracketology aside, we pretty much know what this Kentucky team is all about. We know the strengths, the potential weaknesses. The starters, the bench. We know the rotations, the fits, the personality, the chemistry.

“Our chemistry started in the summer,” sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley — make that star sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley said Tuesday after scoring a career-high 30 points in UK’s 69-60 win over a scrappy Texas A&M.

Calipari’s club is now 23-5 overall, including 13-2 in the SEC and eighth in the latest AP Top 25. A UK win over Auburn at Rupp Arena on Saturday (3:45 p.m., CBS) clinches the league title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which begins March 12 in Nashville.

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Here are 10 teams you may not be paying much attention to now but could be very, very dangerous come March You have been paying attention to Kentucky — because this is Kentucky , and he is John Calipari, and no matter whether the Wildcats are undefeated or NIT-bound, you always pay

Matters become more muddled should Kentucky lose to Bruce Pearl’s team, however. UK’s league lead would be down to one game with two to play. By virtue of Auburn’s earlier home win over the Wildcats (75-66) back on Feb. 1, the Tigers would steal the No. 1 SEC seed should they win out — Texas A&M at home March 4; at Tennessee on March 7 — and Kentucky lose to either Tennessee at home March 3 or at Florida on March 7.

I don’t see that happening. Not the way this team is playing now. Yes, I know, the Cats turn the ball over too much. And they have the frustrating ability to keep things closer than necessary whenever there is a chance to take a lead to the next level. And they have a hard time making three-point shots at home. But, as we have pointed out before, not a single one of UK’s NCAA Tournament games will be at home.

Best of all, they keep winning. The current streak stands at seven. Eleven of the last 12. In mostly possession-by-possession games, they find ways to pull things out, or put things away.

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Every relevant piece from a team that won a school-record 26 games last season is back -- most notably Bennie Consequently, the Hurricanes should be even better next season than they were this season. Nobody knew for sure how Avery Johnson would ever get things going at Alabama.

Take Tuesday night when Texas A&M had cut Kentucky’s lead to 57-50 with 3:52 to play. The Wildcats had suffered three empty trips on the offensive end. The third ended with a shot clock violation. The crowd at Reed Arena where they had given away “BTHO of Kentucky” T-shirts, was into it. And then along came Quickley.

As the shot clock again closed in on zero, Quickley leaned around an Aggies defender and banked a shot off the glass and in with 2:03 left. You could almost see the air leave Texas A&M Coach Buzz Williams, his vest and shirt covered in sweat. “Kentucky is really good,” he said afterward.

And when EJ Montgomery plays like he did in College Station, the Cats are even better. Kentucky’s X-factor scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half. On a night when A&M’s defense limited Nick Richards to just four points and six rebounds, Montgomery finished with 10 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. His rebounds were split evenly with five at each end.

“EJ was outstanding today,” said Calipari afterward. “That’s the best I’ve seen EJ play in a while.”

John Clay: Did Kentucky basketball hit the wall against Tennessee, or was it a bump in the road?

  John Clay: Did Kentucky basketball hit the wall against Tennessee, or was it a bump in the road? LEXINGTON, Ky. - That thud you may have heard late Tuesday night around High Street came from approximately 20,000 jaws collectively hitting the Rupp Arena floor. Up 17 points in the second half, Kentucky lost to Tennessee 81-73. Perhaps you've heard. It was not the preferred way to close out the home season. The visiting Vols outscored UK 50-25 over the final 17 minutes. They shot 52.8% from the floor. They crushed the Cats on the boards over the final 20 minutes. Ultimately, for the first time in the John Calipari era, Kentucky lost a game it led by double digits at halftime — 42-31 in this case. Cal’s previous UK record in such circumstances: 144-0.

The Kentucky coach was asked how good can his team be?

“I think we’re OK,” he said after his facetious “four seed” comment. “We’ll see.”

I’m ready to see. How about you?

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No. 15 Auburn at No. 8 Kentucky

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