Do I dare dream that last night’s Kentucky game was a “turning point” in the season? Have some of the players who seemed like they had never played organized ball before finally get it? Does a turning point matter if it is against a team that will only win 9 games this year? It was on the road, does that count for something?
I would like to take this time to sarcastically thank the WKU fans for giving us Pat Pat. He acted is if he has never run a team before, at least until the game was fully in hand. His passes were lazy and he is proving to be a defensive liability. I hope that Tubby will bench him and start either Crawford or Bradley over him. When Sparks can’t even be counted on to hit shots unless the game is completely in hand then he does not need to be a starter.
That all being said, I do have to admit that Shagari Alleyne seemed to pick up something. Unfortunately we were playing a team that basically stunk and its tallest player was 6’9. If Alleyne is able to do this against Indiana on Saturday then I will be convinced he is actually useful. It’s easy to play like an SEC championship caliber team against a team that can’t even win the CAA or ACA or wherever they were from. I was very impressed with Joe “Kanye” Crawford, it seems like sitting on the bench lit a fire under his butt and he came out and played a great game with 14 and 7.
Hopefully this game without Rondo will help build the other guards’ confidence and when Rondo is back that same level of play can be reached. If not for the first 5 minutes or so, UK looked pretty good, they haven’t convinced me they are a top 25 team, but unlike UofL, at least they are blowing out the teams they should be blowing out. Let’s hope they keep this up and kill IU and UofL.