Talk about a role reversal watching Kentucky basketball shut down Ohio

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari and Oscar Tshiebwe (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari and Oscar Tshiebwe (Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Asked to do everything last year Davion Mintz continues to do what Cal asks

As the 2020-21 season continued to implode last year Calipari asked Mintz, the Creighton transfer, to do anything and everything he could including running the point late in the season.

He came back knowing how limited his minutes would be this season to try and get even better.

Against Ohio he once again showed by Cal can ask and Mintz will deliver whatever the order.

The graduate player netted 12 points on 4 of 7 field goals, canned all four free throws, and snared a career-high nine rebounds.

He spoke afterward on what it says about the team that they were up at half without Tshiebwe.

"“Yeah, you have to be resilient. I mean, those guys, if you notice that you watch the film. You know Oscar (Tshiebwe) has been a beast, Sahvir (Wheeler) has been a beast, and teams are going to game plan for that. We knew eventually he’d be targeted and you know, guys will go after Sahvir (Wheeler) and try to pull them out of the game early. But, they were our biggest cheerleaders, so it was no surprise that they had a good turnaround like they did because they were super supportive. “"

He was also the recipient of a sweet assist from Wheeler that nearly brought the Rupp rafters down.

They will need his leadership and cool and calm demeanor if they want to make a deep tournament run. When called upon he always steps up and that is why he is a BBN favorite.

How many other players would have done what he did coming back for another season after last year and truly unsure of what your role or minutes played would be comprised of?

It doesn’t matter to Mintz. He is all for the good of the team.