ESPN.com’s Jason King took a look at Kentucky’s guard issues in a very interesting article from his “King’s Court” segment. He interviews Baylor’s Brady Heslip, who thinks Kentucky has “the ultimate team” like last season, but had this to say about UK’s back court:
They’re young and their backcourt is really inexperienced,” Heslip told ESPN.com on Monday. “They’re really good, regardless. But they lack that guy that can settle a team down, a guy who’s a pure point guard. It never felt like they had that Saturday.
Notre Dame’s head coach concurs:
ND coach Mike Brey said the game was one his team “should’ve” won considering Notre Dame’s edge over Kentucky in the backcourt. Harrow and Archie Goodwin combined for five points on 2-of-11 shooting. Goodwin has moved from point guard to shooting guard while Harrow tries to straighten things out.
“They were really searching,” Brey told ESPN.com.
If Kentucky wants to make a run to a third consecutive Final Four, they have to get the guard play figured out and Ryan Harrow has to be a starter by mid-season.
Mark Stoops has a little hiring to do today. It should be announced that Florida State defensive ends coach DJ Eliot is expected to be named as Kentucky’s new defensive coordinator. It should come as no surprise as Eliot has been with Stoops since Wyoming. And make no mistake, Stoops will be running the defense.
But the big question on the minds of Kentucky fans is what about the offensive coordinator? Neal Brown was a popular name, but it seems that he may have his eye on a head coaching gig. Brown is rumored to be interviewing with Southern Mississippi and it’s also rumored that UTEP may have their eye on him.
Either way, I have faith that Stoops will get the right guy.
The University of Kentucky’s basketball team is experiencing the hell of “Camp Cal” as I type this. Legendary Kentucky strength and conditioning coach Rock Oliver is running the show. There have been rumors that Oliver may be looking elsewhere for a job, but have no fear, Rock is here to stay. UK put to rest those rumors and assured everyone that he is not being replaced.
In other hiring news, Charlie Strong swindled UofL out of four million dollars a year (reportedly) and Tennessee’s head coaching job may be the worst job in America. Expect Mike Rowe to do an episode of “Dirty Jobs” in Knoxville.