UK vs. Louisville – Post Game
Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 5, 2008
Well, well, well. Kentucky came out of the gates firing by hitting a three-point shot only 6 seconds into the game and all looked well for the ‘Cats. Even at intermission Kentucky held a 31-30 lead. That’s when all the good things stopped. Mid way through the first half Coach Gillispie went with a small four guard offense and completely changed the game. UK was down by 11 when he switched to the new look and they went on a giant run that left them with the lead at the half. Louisville opened the second half with a 22-8 run and had control for the entire second half.
Some interesting stats from the game: Kentucky committed a disturbing 21 turnovers while only forcing 14. They are last in the SEC in turnovers and assists/turnover ratio. They played great defense in the first half and then came out and allowed 59 points in the second half. The second half today was probably the worst half of defense so far this year. Another stat that is unacceptable is Louisville got 5 players in double digits while UK only managed to get 2. Ramel Bradley played better than anyone today even though he was on the losing end and the only other player to get in double figures was Joe Crawford who did not even start!
One major reason for the loss was the lack of scoring oppurtunities and conversions by Patrick Patterson. Patterson got blocked 5 times and forced many shots that were clearly frustration shots. He shot two three’s in the first half, he should never shoot a three unless it is on a buzzer beater or if the shot clock is running down. We had many oppurtunities to feed him the ball but instead settled for contested jumpers.
Another key was that we were unable to convert on several fast breaks. Twice Jodie Meeks had a one on one fastbreak and he failed to convert both times. We threw the ball away a few times on fast breaks and a couple times we just missed shots.
Another thing that I noticed that I have noticed the entire year is that Mark Coury is just not good enough to be playing at Kentucky. He can not dunk and he is 6’8″ and he is unable to block a shot or even contest a shot without fouling the shooter and many times they hit the shot anyway. There is no way Jerry Smith and Terrence Williams should be going over and around Coury for layups.
Now Kentucky has to prepare for the SEC conference and a few games that should very well be blowout losses. They start off next saturday at home against undefeated Vanderbilt and then travel down into Mississippi to play Miss. St.
Jan. 12 vs Vanderbilt
1:30 pm EST on CBS