Kentucky basketball: Wildcats “me” attitude puzzling as is substitutions by Cal

Kentucky's Lance Ware. Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky's Lance Ware. Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jacob Toppin. Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports /

Where is the “We” mentality

We are not sure exactly who Jacob Toppin was referencing after the game but he also noted the lack of sharing of the ball and looking for the open man and creating opportunities. He said basketball is a team game that they don’t seem to know how to play sometimes.

"“Sometimes when we are playing some people tend to go off and play me basketball and that’s what we don’t need………..Some players don’t take them when their open and that’s just mental and when we stop worrying about them and take them when we are open. We need to shoot and make them when we are open because we aren’t making them."

The stats just lie and this team can’t score and create chances. Kentucky is averaging 67.4 points per game, shooting 41.8 percent from the field and shooting 29.7 percent from 3-point land. The glaring stat is that the Wildcats have 49 more turnovers than assists. Every coach will tell you it’s a losing formula with that.

Auburn hit just 5 of 27 threes but Kentucky was as bad connecting on 4 of 17.

“I will never stop tweaking and trying to figure it out until it clicks in their minds,” Calipari said. “They have got to make extra passes, play for each other. Everybody is trying to score versus creating shots for each other,”

Ironically Allen and Jackson played the entire game without a turnover and Brooks had just one.