March 4, 2015 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)
LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINNING!
The No.1 Kentucky Wildcats (30-0) escaped a fired up Georgia crowd in Stegeman Coliseum to defeat the Georgia Bulldogs (19-10) 72-64 last night. The Bulldogs were looking to end the Wildcats 29 game winning streak last night in hopes to sending their seniors out on top against the top ranked team in the nation. This looked like a game the Cats could have easily loss, but down nine with over 9 minutes to go this Wildcat team still showed its poise and resilience down the stretch to pull out the tough road victory. With the win, the Wildcats can go for history this Saturday by being the first team from a major conference to go undefeated during the regular season since the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976. Many people feel like the team can learn from a loss before post season, but I would have to disagree with that, because I feel you can still learn lessons from close call wins, just as well as a loss. Without further due, here are my 10 lessons I learned from watching Kentucky escape a close call against the Georgia Bulldogs last night.
1) – HOW GOOD WERE THE TWINS? – Without Andrew & Aaron Harrison combining for 28 pts 7 rebs in last nights game, the Kentucky Wildcats come out 29-1 instead of 30-0. Early in the season some members of the media have tried to put Ulis & Booker over the Twins, but last nights game showed why the Harrison Twins are imperative to the success of Kentucky’s play this season. The Twins are starting to go down as some of my all-time Kentucky favorites such as Mashburn, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, Keith Bogans, Tayshaun Prince, John Wall, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Anthony Davis to name a few.
2) – THE DISAPPEARANCE ACT OF WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN: Where was Willie Cauley-Stein last night? 4pts 4rebs in 24 minutes is unacceptable for the front-runner for SEC Player of the Year. I believe WCS will bounce back during post season play, but Kentucky can not win the title without the defensive presence of Willie Cauley-Stein.
3) – DEVIN BOOKER DIDN’T SHOOT THE BALL WELL: With Booker going 2-9 from the field and 1-4 from behind the arch, the Wildcats showed they can still pull out the victory even if their best shooter from the outside goes cold.
4) – STILL LEAVING FEET!! – One of the biggest weaknesses on this team that no one talks about is Kentucky’s inability to stay discipline on shot fakes. The Cats will need to figure this out, or continue to be susceptible to foul trouble in the post season.
5) – GEORGIA PULLED BIG’S AWAY FROM RIM: – Great game plan by Coach Mark Fox by pulling the Kentucky’s big’s out of the lane, which allowed the Bulldogs to get some easy looks at the rim. It was high low offense at it’s finest.
6) – MISMATCHES: Georgia was making Kentucky pay for switching everything in its’ man to man defense. Georgia took advantage by spreading the floor and pulling Kentucky’s big guys from the basket that allowed Nemania Djurisic to work in the lane every time UK would switch on defense.
7) – KARL ANTHONY TOWNS IS A BEAST! 19 points and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes of play before fouling out. Towns Jr. is looking more and more like a Top 5 pick in the NBA Draft. He was missing the jump hook earlier in the season, but now his go to move is deadly in the paint.
8) – DAKARI & MARCUS: With the poor play of WCS, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee stepped up in his absence with some solid play off the bench. Dakari hit all of his free-throws in crucial times in the game, and Lee had some key offensive rebounds in some pivotal moments as well.
9) – RESILIENCY OF THIS TEAM: This team has shown the ability to overcome some tough road environments, poor offensive outputs, and some adverse game situations. They were down nine points with over 9 minutes to go in the game against Georgia last night, but still bounced back and showed the country why they’re the best team in the nation. The poise of this team is remarkable. This team definitely has the will to win ball games.
10) – DOES THIS TEAM NEED A LOSS? Does this team need a loss before post season play? Many of the pundits would say absolutely this team could learn from a loss before the post season tournaments begin. Again, I feel this particular team doesn’t need a loss because some of the players on the team from last year have already experience a major loss. That loss was last years Championship game. In my informed opinion I feel that loss from last year’s championship game is keeping this team more motivated than what any loss from this season could bring.
Be Sociable, Share! Tweet