We knew this was coming, but we didn’t want to believe it. The Kentucky Wildcats fell out of the AP Top 25 poll after losing to newly ranked #22 Notre Dame and un-ranked Baylor. John Calipari’s team now sits at 4-3 on the season with still a lot of questions yet to be answered. This is the first time the Wildcats have been on the outside of the top 25 since Cal took the job.
As if the week wasn’t bad enough for the players, some of the Wildcats had to delete their twitter accounts due to both Kentucky fans and Kentucky haters leaving them rude messages. Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays have all deleted their accounts. John Calipari announced on his post game radio show that fans need to tweet and message him the negative comments and to leave the players alone. I guess they didn’t listen.
I’m a card carrying member of BBN but sometimes this fan base infuriates me. Like Bart Scott said about rude Jets fans, the ones doing most of the cursing and criticizing more than likely sucked at sports and were picked last in dodge ball. Let these kids learn to play the college game. It’s their first time doing, OK?
Off of soap box.
Ryan Harrow got some extended playing time against Baylor on Saturday and I must say that I like what I saw. I think it’s time Calipari lets Harrow take the controls of the team and let it go from there. Tomorrow night’s game against Samford would be the perfect opportunity to welcome Harrow back into the starting line up. Goodwin is a great player, but it’s not in his DNA to run the point. He is always looking to drive to the basket and score first instead of dishing it out to the open man. I’m not faulting him, he’s not a true point guard.
If Cal decides not to play Harrow, then maybe he can run Mays at the point and move Archie to the two spot. Mays has shown the ability to pass and he makes better decisions with the ball. Polson is good at coming in for relief, but to be honest he’s not ready to start.
So Cal, Mays or Harrow, and my vote is with Harrow. Let Harrow start tomorrow and the rest of the four game stretch so that by the team the Cats get to Louisville and conference play, we have a true point guard tested and ready to go.