Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Calipari Wildcats opened their Season

Campbellsville v Kentucky
The John Calipari era of Kentucky Basketball opened last night at Rupp arena with an exhibition game against Campbellsville. Kentucky won the game 74-38, winning the game was never in doubt (although we did lose to Gardner Webb a couple of years ago) but there were some good things and bad things about the game. Here are some of my observations:

* Eric Bledsoe was dominating last night. He looked very impressive. Bledsoe got to the rim with ease and finished once he got there. He also had a very impressive block under the basket.

* One issue I can see from game one, shooting. They were decent from the field 28-56 for 50%, but struggled from the three point line shooting 3-14 for 21%. Darnell Dodson, who was billed as a sharp shooter, showed that he will throw the ball up when he gets a shot. Hopefully that will improve.

* Defense looked tremendous last night but we must keep in perspective that they were playing Campbellsvile. But I think the defense of this team will be very good.

* This team is extremely athletic but made a number of mental mistakes last night. Calipari played a lot of young players mixed in with some of the veterans and their inexperience showed at times. I think they will be the most athletic team on the floor from top to bottom no matter who they play but will they be able to put it all together?
Campbellsville v Kentucky

* There is so much depth at each position. John Wall did not play last night due to an NCAA infraction that will require him to sit two games this season. But with Wall and Bledsoe at the PG, and Cousins, Orton, Harrelson, and Stevenson in the post this team as depth from top to bottom.

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