BBL: Excerpts from UK-Lipscomb reports

(H-L photo/Mark Cornelison)

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader: “Not-so-coincidentally, Kentucky’s breakout run in the second half coincided with revived rebounding. With Lipscomb leading the rebounding 26-21 through the first 24 minutes, the Cats held a tenuous 10-point lead. Then UK outrebounded the Bisons 13-1 over the next seven minutes. In that time, Kentucky used a 17-1 run to kill any doubt about which team would win.”

My column: “‘”Teams that don’t turn the ball over, that take care of the basketball and make Kentucky guard the possession and guard the shot clock are the teams that will give (Kentucky) problems,’ said Sanderson.

Kyle Tucker of Courier-Journal: “It didn’t matter so much to him that Wiltjer went off for 23 points and 12 rebounds, his first career double-double, and sank 7 of 9 3-pointers. Calipari wasn’t wowed by Harrow’s 12 points in 31 minutes, both season highs for the sophomore point guard. Noel’s latest stat-sheet stuffer — seven points, nine rebounds, seven blocks and four steals in just 22 minutes — didn’t move the boss.”

Brett Dawson of Cats Illustrated: “Harrow and his teammates thought they’d made some strides in thumping Lipscomb (4-5), and Calipari didn’t deny that a week of “Camp Cal” – conditioning in the morning, practice in the afternoon – had done his Cats some good. Some. Not enough.”

Matt May of the Cats Pause: “Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson noted after the game that he continued telling his team during halftime that Kentucky’s young squad would present opportunities for the Bisons to get back in the game and that’s exactly what happened in the opening minutes of the second half. Lipscomb scored four quick points and trailed by just 10 with 16:53 remaining before the Cats suddenly began gobbling up rebounds and getting better shots. By the time Noel and Lipscomb’s Alexander drew double technical fouls for jawing at each other the lead had ballooned to 61-39 with 11:39 left in the game.”

Jon Hale of KyForward: “For Harrow, the improvement came after a steady week of practice. ‘I felt like I was going to do good in the game today,’ he said. ‘Taking some shots — missing some, but making some at the same time — and just staying aggressive, trying to find the open man and trying to play defense. That’s basically what I’m trying to do.’”

Les Johns of the Kentucky Kernel: “More than just using the bench as a motivational weapon, Calipari is also using it as a teaching tool. He is incredibly vocal on the sidelines during play, but uses the time as players join him on the bench to teach them what they did wrong to warrant being pulled from the game. This process was repeated often in Saturday’s blowout 88-50 win over Lipscomb—nearly a substitution per minutes (38 for the game).”

Keith Taylor of Winchester Sun: “Prior to his performance against the Bisons, Wiltjer had made just 17 shots from long range and made just five in the previous six contests. He connected on 12 treys in the team’s first three games of the season before delving into a slump. Despite the struggles, Wiltjer remained committed to his outside shot and added an emphasis on rebounding. He added that he “played better” against the Bisons.”

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