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Finally honest reflection on season from Hamidou Diallo, Quade Green

Hamidou Diallo (Vicky Graff Photo)


One problem during Kentucky’s season that has so far produced only a 17-8 record has been the lack of players taking responsibility for their play or the team’s play.

Too often players have said losses don’t matter that much or they have to listen better or they know they just need to play a little harder to win.

I’m not sure Kentucky fans have been thrilled to hear that. However, Tuesday two players — Hamidou Diallo and Quade Green — finally sounded like a sense of urgency and responsibility might be setting in going into Wednesday night’s game at No. 10 Auburn, the SEC leader by four games over UK.

“It’s been a roller coaster for me. It’s been up and down and I’ve still been trying to identify myself within this team,” Diallo said. “I haven’t been playing well, have been playing terrible on defense and I just need to pick it up. I need to pick it up to a different level of play for myself and for this team.”

Trying to identify myself with this team? Really, after 25 games. Been playing terrible defense? He’s right about that and that’s one area most thought he would exceed this year.

“We go through offensive droughts, but our defense should remain the same throughout the whole game no matter what’s going on on the offensive end, is how I view. Me myself, I have to do a much better job on defense and a much better job on offense,” Diallo said.

Translation: He’s just not been getting it done and he realizes that because he has not been a factor on offense or defense in recent games.

Green was counted on to the team’s leader and offensive general. Players came to UK to play with him because of his passing ability. He’s been erratic at best.

“I think I’ve done a poor job. Poor job trying to get the team together. Ever since we lost to Texas A&M, as a team we talked together so we’ve been on the same page ever since,” Green said.  “Ever since that loss talking on the bus ride, we’ve been on the same page now.”

On the same page? We’ll see because the team was on about 15 different pages before then.

“We’ve just gotta get back to our winning selves, really. I don’t think anybody on this team really lost three in a row in their previous years of playing basketball. It’s just a hard thing for all of us, even Coach Cal. We’ve gotta come out with some fight,” Green said.

Actually, they better come out with more than “some” fight at Auburn because one thing the Tigers have done all year is play hard. That has shown on defense and on the boards. If Kentucky is less than all-out, the Tigers will pounce.

“It’s gotta be a group thing. That’s the only way you’re going to win a national championship, with the group. Not just one player,” Green said.

Say amen UK fans.


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  1. This 2017/2018 product on the floor this year has been as bad as any worse case soap opera. The coaching staff can’t control this and the players aren’t drinking it. The only tweak needed is for both sides to get their $shit together and try and put performance on the floor that we can all be proud to witness. They both need to stop talking and start executing.

  2. Yyyyy aaaaaaaaaaaa wwwww nnnnnn

    Wake me up when this nightmare is over.

  3. I hope they do put it together, but I will believe it when I see it. If each of these players play to their ability in effort, there is nothing more to ask for; however, I don’t believe there is more than 1 or 2 players on this team that know what “true” effort is all about. Yes, these guys are young, but having played sports all their lives, they should not need someone to explain the “team” concept to them at this point. If they don’t understand it by now, you wonder if they ever will.

  4. It’s ok be negative about this team, but it’s gotten to a point it’s a broken record of trashing this team of saying same old song. Gotta have faith and be positive to keep cheering them on. I’m going to keep cheering them on regardless what happens until the last buzzer ends there season. It’s part of sports when things are going south everybody goes through it at some point of time.

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