Oct 9, 2014
Calipari planning to use two five-man rotations this season

We’re just weeks away from the start of the college basketball season, which means projections, rankings and the like are reaching their peak. Some of it is insightful, including this nugget from ESPN’s Andy Katz.

If you haven’t noticed, Kentucky coach John Calipari has some talent on his team this year. By some, I mean he has all the talent. In fact, his team is so loaded, Calipari may consider running with two lineups this season.

From ESPN:

“We didn’t have the players last year to do this, Calipari told ESPN.com. We will have two 5-on-5 platoons and a guard sub and a big sub, and that puts you at 12. You’re working to get in the top 10. It means we have to play faster and have to press more. Who those two groups will be is going to unfold.”

Calipari said he will mix and match the groups of five depending on situations.

“If it’s late in the game, then you have your five best free throw shooters on the court, Calipari said. If you’re playing a good offense, then you’re out there with your best defensive five. That stuff is all going to be figured out. My issue is everyone has to be patient. I’m going to be learning as these guys are learning. If we take some L’s early because of this, that’s OK because I’m still learning. The only way to learn is to do this early by playing Kansas, UCLA, Texas.”

This is either crazy or brilliant — no in between. As a huge college basketball fan, I’m anxious to see how it all plays out. Will the egos of his star recruits be comfortable with split time? Will they see enough minutes to find their rhythm? Or will the plan be executed flawlessly, with Calipari’s blueprint becoming the standard for programs bursting with talent?

Calipari has had deep teams before, but nothing quite like this. It’s hard to blame him for trying to find a way to consistently get his best players on the floor.

What are your thoughts about using five-man platoons? Will Calipari’s plan work?

Calipari planning to use two five-man rotations this season

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

We’re just weeks away from the start of the college basketball season, which means projections, rankings and the like are reaching their peak. Some of it is insightful, including this nugget from ESPN’s Andy Katz.

If you haven’t noticed, Kentucky coach John Calipari has some talent on his team this year. By some, I mean he has all the talent. In fact, his team is so loaded, Calipari may consider running with two lineups this season.

From ESPN:

“We didn’t have the players last year to do this, Calipari told ESPN.com. We will have two 5-on-5 platoons and a guard sub and a big sub, and that puts you at 12. You’re working to get in the top 10. It means we have to play faster and have to press more. Who those two groups will be is going to unfold.”

Calipari said he will mix and match the groups of five depending on situations.

“If it’s late in the game, then you have your five best free throw shooters on the court, Calipari said. If you’re playing a good offense, then you’re out there with your best defensive five. That stuff is all going to be figured out. My issue is everyone has to be patient. I’m going to be learning as these guys are learning. If we take some L’s early because of this, that’s OK because I’m still learning. The only way to learn is to do this early by playing Kansas, UCLA, Texas.”

This is either crazy or brilliant — no in between. As a huge college basketball fan, I’m anxious to see how it all plays out. Will the egos of his star recruits be comfortable with split time? Will they see enough minutes to find their rhythm? Or will the plan be executed flawlessly, with Calipari’s blueprint becoming the standard for programs bursting with talent?

Calipari has had deep teams before, but nothing quite like this. It’s hard to blame him for trying to find a way to consistently get his best players on the floor.

What are your thoughts about using five-man platoons? Will Calipari’s plan work?






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