By LARRY VAUGHT
For Kentucky to get back to playing the way it was earlier this season, Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy thinks freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox has to return to the form he had earlier.
“De’Aaron Fox not been himself for two weeks,” said DeCourcy. “He is by far their most important player. Malik Monk is fantastic and can bail them out with the way he can score. But when they have Fox, you don’t have to get bailed out as much.”
Fox hurt his ankle against South Carolina. He played the next game at Tennessee — a Kentucky loss — and again against Kansas — another Kentucky loss. He did not play in Tuesday’s overtime win over Georgia because of an illness when Monk had 30 of his 37 points in the second half.
“His ankle was not 100 percent through that stretch (of two losses),” DeCourcy said. “Then he was ill for Tuesday’s game and you saw how important he was. Not that (Isaiah) Briscoe is not a fine point guard and could play for anybody, but Kentucky does not have the ability to rip teams apart with the fast break without Fox.
“Briscoe did some good things against Georgia but Kentucky just does not have the ability to run the other team off the floor without Fox.”