Three quick things from Kentucky’s 63-62 loss to the Dominican Republic in the final game of the Big Blue Bahamas Tour.
1. Running on empty. The only mistake John Calipari made on this Big Blue Bahamas Tour was scheduling too many games. Six games in eight days proved to be too much too soon. Not even NBA teams play that many games in such a short period.
The grind really appeared to affect the first-teamers of the Harrison twins, Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress. They seemed tired and were outplayed by the second team. Poythress was shaken up or wasn’t feeling well and did not play for a majority of the second half.
2. Bright spots. The biggest bright spots were Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns. Especially Ulis. The 5-foot-8 freshman proved over and over again on this tour that he will be a big man in college basketball this year. He is quick. He can penetrate. He can score. He can make the three-point shot.
Towns had flashes of brilliance at both ends. He is a terrific passer for his size and has excellent post moves. He also blocked a couple of shots on the defensive end. Towns will play for the Dominican National Team next weekend against the U.S. National Team at Madison Square Garden.
3. The waiting is the hardest part. UK goes 5-1 on the tour, and although the Cats surely would like to have left the Bahamas unbeaten, it was a very good and productive tour. Calipari no doubt learned a lot about his new club.
The only problem is that we have to wait until October to see these Cats again.
Related link: Bahamas box scores and final stats