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By LARRY VAUGHT
I asked Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy, who knows John Calipari and the UK program well, what his biggest concern about the Wildcats would be going into the season. Enjoy his expert analysis.
“I think it starts with the Harrison brothers and the challenge that Andrew has to master the point guard position. We have seen the success and failure of John’s teams over the last six or seven season is really correlated to how long it takes the point guard to master the position,” DeCourcy said.
“The 2009 Memphis team floundered until he figured out Tyreke Evans was his point guard. The 2011 UK team struggled until Brandon Knight got a handle on what he brought and John got a handle on what worked for Brandon. That is big part of it. How does it work for him (Andrew Harrison)?
“Last season failed because nobody was able to master the position. Andrew’s responsibility and play and his ability to master that position is the No. 1 thing for this team. I have seen him play, but have not been around him that much. People want to see the (Harrison) twins connect to their teammates.
“It didn’t help that they were not available to connect in the summer when they weren’t at Kentucky, but they can cover a lot of what they missed before UK’s season gets going. I just think those guys are the key. For Aaron (Harrison), this is a team that does not have much proven shooting. They need some to win. If he can make shots, it will really help the team, too.”