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Tar Heels on Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries, Malik Monk

Bam Adebayo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Here is what North Carolina players had to say after Sunday’s 75-73 win over Kentucky in Memphis.

Loss helped Cats, but Gabriel admits ending 42-game home streak “affects you”

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky lost to UCLA, senior forward Derek Willis said he felt the team was a little complacent after winning its first eight games so easily.

“We came into the game beating every team by 21 points or more, and a lot of us, as freshmen it’s our first time in the league. It’s hard to judge that and get a good feel on that. So, playing a game like this really helped us,” said freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel Tuesday when asked about Willis’ belief.

Humphries shows improvement he had been talking about

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaac Humphries has said for two months that he’s a better player this year now than he was as a freshman. He lost weight, got quicker and worked on his overall game.

Against Stephen F. Austin Friday, he looked a lot, lot better. He had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, 3 steals and 1 assist in 19 minutes of play in the 87-64 win.

Cats praise strength coach Rob Harris

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky basketball players spent a lot of time talking about strength coach Rob Harris during the recent Media Day.

“He pushes you a lot. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. Rob likes to get us motivated. We talk to each other, play music and really get into it,” said Wenyen Gabriel.  “I’ve never had anything like that before, so it’s been new to me, but it’s been really beneficial as well. It really has helped my game.”

Eating broccoli, hiking helped Humphries slim down

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky sophomore Isaac Humphries is the first to admit that he tends to analyze things way too much. Always has, probably always will.

Humphries got the message that he had to get quicker and become more of an offensive threat to get on the court more this year. To do that, he went to work losing weight to increase his quickness and it seems to have worked.

He says he was not under a “strict diet” but ate less carbs and  more vegetables.

Alex Poythress on Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries

Malik Monk, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

Malik Monk, left (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his career at Kentucky, Alex Poythress had a lot of talented teammates. That’s why what he said about UK freshman Malik Monk seems significant.

Poythress was back at UK for the John Calipari Pro Camp and while he was in Lexington he had a chance to play against Calipari’s next team.

“Malik (Monk) stood out to me. He’s real athletic and real gifted offensively. Stuff like that,” Poythress said.

What about Bam Adebayo, perhaps the most talked about freshman?

Dortch: Holdovers always bode well for UK’s next season

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch understands why some fans seem to almost have a hatred of Kentucky basketball.

“Fan is just short for fanatic and can mean Looney-Tunes,” said Dortch. “If you are like me and appreciate basketball and understand why people of Kentucky appreciate basketball, you can appreciate Kentucky fans’ appreciation of their program.”

Dortch expects John Calipari to have another team UK fans will appreciate this season, especially with the return of sophomore Isaiah Briscoe.

Florida coach on UK frontcourt: “Long, athletic, versatile.”

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans might be stunned to hear Florida coach Mike White, who has done a terrific job this year, describe Kentucky’s frontcourt.

I asked him Monday on the SEC coaches teleconference what he thought of the frontcourt at Kentucky. Here is what he said:

“Long, athletic, versatile I guess in terms of how different they are. They complement each other well of course. (Derek) Willis is just so different from (Alex) Poythress, who is just so different from Skal (Labissiere), who is so different from (Isaac) Humphries. They’re just very good,” White said.

Saturday’s loss makes Calipari wonder if some players can ring NCAA bell

Marcus Lee was UK's only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday's loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee was UK’s only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With just one week left in the regular season, John Calipari still has a big concern that he has had since day one with his team.

When play gets rough, the Cats back down.

That’s what happened at Vanderbilt Saturday when Kentucky lost 74-62 despite getting 33 points from Jamal Murray.

Kentucky’s bigs other than Marcus Lee were non-existent. Lee had nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots but Isaac Humphries and Skal Labissiere did not score and had only two rebounds in 22 minutes.

Even Humphries not sure why he spiked ball at Texas A&M

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Isaac Humphries talked to the media Friday for the first time since his controversial technical foul at Texas A&M when he slammed the ball into the floor with  just a few seconds left in overtime.

“I was just so excited, I was so pumped up. Tyler (Ulis) came over and was so happy too. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know why I did it, but I was just so happy. It was just the first thing I thought of really,” Humphries said.

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