12-30-2008, 11:22 AM #1Status
Here is the game I saw last night (Warning: Positive thread)
Let me preface my remarks by saying I'm starting this thread in this manner so everyone will know that this is a positive post in hopes of having a positive thread. I do so in order that no one will think I'm calling them out or trying to start an argument. I honestly can't believe that there are so many fans who appear to be trying to find something to complain about, but just saying that means I'm digressing so I'll stop there. A lot of you won't agree with me and that's fine. Just remember I didn't call anyone out or try to embarrass anyone.
Here is what I saw in that game last night from my perspective:
- Central Michigan came into that game a huge underdog. When the game ended, they proved why they were an underdog. 32 point margins don't lie.
- CM started out like a lot of outmatched teams do against UK. They don't have anything to lose, they're playing loose, and as usually happens, they hit 3 of what would end up being very few three pointers and got an early lead.
- UK, with yet another slight difference in the starting lineup, started out a bit sluggish. After making their opening shot, the 'Cats went through a brief period where the shots weren't falling. This is not the first time this has happened, and it won't be the last.
- CM then started what would turn out to be a LONG stretch where they didn't score from the field. At about the same time, UK began to find it's rhythmn on offense and began to assert themselves on defense (thanks in large part to the energy from Landon Slone).
- CM's lead reached 15-9, and at that point, UK took control of the game. The 'Cats went on a 36-9 run to close out the half and essentially take control of the game with a 42-23 lead that was never seriously challenged.
- From midway through the first half until around the under-15 media timeout, CM went over 16 minutes without scoring. This was due in large part to the tenacious man-to-man defense the 'Cats put on them. UK was trapping at half-court and on at least two occasions the Chippewas lost the ball on five second counts, and I honestly don't remember how many blocked shots and/or steals the 'Cats had.
- UK's lead in the second half was never less than 21 points.
- UK shot 53.6% from the field, and held CM to 31% from the field.
- Patrick, Michael, and Jodie almost outscored the Chippewas by themselves.
- Jodie scored one point less than his SEC leading 24 point average.
- UK was 10 of 22 from 3 point range for 45.5% and held CM to 5 of 18 from 3 point range for 27.8%
I don't begrudge anyone their opinion and if someone wants to continually find reasons not to be satisfied with a Wildcat victory, let them go ahead.
Personally, I'm not buying into the gloom and doom stuff and to me a UK victory is a UK victory. The 'Cats don't have to play an absolutely perfect game (which no team will ever do anyway) for me to be satisfied. I'll take victory margins like the one in last nights' game anytime.
It was a very good, well played, rock solid victory and an excellent tune-up for the game against the Cardinals. Nothing is going to change my mind on that and I make no apologies for it.
GO CATS! BEAT LOUISVILLE!
Last edited by BigBlue75; 12-30-2008 at 11:49 AM."You can take guys away," senior Ramel Bradley said. "But we won't stop being Kentucky."
"..when we get it right, you notice we're number one in the country, we're number one seeds, and we're playing in Final Fours..when you get it right.." - John Calipari