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Kentucky cruises past Translyvania in exhibition

Nov 2, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Kentucky cruised to a 76-42 victory over Division III Translyvania on Friday night, but it wasn’t all positive coming out of the Wildcat locker room.

The most talented team in the country only led 41-30 at the half and allowed six three-pointers in the first half before they made a run in the second half to put the game away.

A trio of freshman led the way for Kentucky as backup center Dakari Johnson had nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 17 minutes while shooting guard James Young stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. Julius Randle looked dominant at times with 16 points and 12 boards in 26 minutes.

Among the interesting takeaways from this game includes an interesting quote from head coach John Calipari as he told John Clay, “We had a lot of non competitive guys out there. They’re just going to have to learn. This was a great lesson for them.”

“If you don’t compete, I’m taking you out, which is what I’ve always done throughout my coaching career until last year. I couldn’t.”

Randle also thought he could have played better and mentions that in this video interview also posted from John Clay.

Although Kentucky’s first half was so-so, with so many new pieces and freshmen getting significant playing time, they’re going to take some time to fully adjust and mesh together, especially on the offensive end.

Calipari’s “non competitive guys” quote is interesting though because with so much talent in Lexington it means that guys have to produce in order to earn playing time and some McDonald’s All-Americans will be stuck on the bench.

  1. shafted1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    That preseason ranking of #1 looks to be awfully optimistic! Transylvania allowed only one double digit scorer against the #1 Division I team? That’s some pretty impressive defense from a Division III team.

  2. bcwildcat24 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    A) this was their first game together. Once they get more experience they’ll gel more and will play much better.
    B) perhaps only 1 double digit scorer means that they have a really balanced team. When they won the title in 2012 their leading scorer averaged 14.8 ppg, which some people would consider being shut down. Worked out pretty well for them didn’t it?

    • thestilt - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Transylvania actually had a lot more freshman than UK did. They have 14 freshman on their roster, 4 sophomores, 2 juniors, and 0 seniors. They actually started 3 freshman and 2 sophomores. So I don’t think that youth is a valid excuse. They also only had 1 player over 6’7″ and he is 6’9″. They shot 37% for the first half and 10 less free throws (14 to 4) than UK and were only down by 11 points. I don’t care what kind of excuses you make, that is not a very good half for the most highly decorated team in NCAA history that had never played a game. I wonder how many of Transylvania’s 14 freshman were McD’s All-Americans?

    • jhawk7782 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      How did it work out last year?

  3. bcwildcat24 - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Don’t forget when you play a team like that, all the pressure is on you. Can’t measure these games just by margin of victory. If Transylvania loses, it’s expected so teams like that play fast and loose.

  4. packhawk04 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Yep, all the pressure was on kentucky. Meanwhile, michigan won their exhibition 117-44 with all the pressure on them. And everyone remember, if kentucky is in the NIT again, expectations were not high even with the preseason #1 ranking. That was the case last year.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Transylvanias center Frankenstein is supposed be pretty stiff inside.

    oh come on SOMEONE had to do it

  6. jthammerstix - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    ^ someone had to say something that wasn’t funny? You’re an idiot.

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