UK BASKETBALL | 3 things to watch at Blue-White Scrimmage
10/27/2015 11:09 AM
LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Wildcats return to the court Tuesday night for the annual Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena — the team’s second public competition of the 2015-16 season.
Big Blue Nation got a limited look at Calipari’s revamped squad during Big Blue Madness earlier this month, but tonight’s scrimmage will showcase the Wildcats in real-game situations for the first time this preseason.
After losing its top seven scorers from last year’s Final Four team to the NBA, Kentucky’s roster has a new look and a lot of question marks in 2015-16, including eight new players, another No. 1 recruiting class, and the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation in Haitian forward Skal Labissiere.
Here are the three things KSTV hopes to learn during the Blue-White Scrimmage:
1. Lineups: How will Calipari balance guards with bigs, and how will he rotate and share minutes among the team’s three point guards? (Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, and Isaiah Briscoe)
2. Defense-to-Offense Transition: With the foundation of the last two seasons all but gone to the NBA, Kentucky will likely rely more on transition scoring and dribble-drive penetration to generate points in 2015-16 than running established offensive sets.
How smoothly will the Wildcats transition from defense to offense to get out on the break during the scrimmage?
3. Dynamic Bigs: Skal looks amazing, Humphries has some touch, and don’t forget about Marcus Lee.
Kentucky lacks the frontcourt depth it enjoyed the previous few seasons and doesn’t have a bruising post player like Karl Anthony-Towns through whom to run the offense.
How will the bigs fit into the offense, and who replaces Willie-Cauley Stein as the primary shot blocker on defense?
Click below to watch KSTV discuss the answers: