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Marquis Teague's Selfish Play Continues: Teague Must Play to Win not Play to be Seen

Freshmen point guard Marquis Teague's young season is causing a little anxiety for UK fans as his assist to turnover ratio only seems to get worse from game to game. It is way too early to start swigging the Maalox but Teague must start to show improvement. I am still a bit concerned by Teague's body-language during Calipari's intense teaching sessions on the bench as Teague still appears to want Calipari to just shut-up during these periods of personal instruction.

We can begin to build a comparison chart between Teague's predecessors (an peers) with regard to assist to turnover ratio, fouls and points scored. We must add that Brandon Knight was not a true point guard he was a point guard by proxy and had no choice but to play the position.

John Wall

- Kentucky - 72 - Miami (OH) - 70 - Assists - 5 --- Turnovers - 5 - Fouls - 2 - (19 Points)

- Kentucky - 102 - Same Houston St - 92 - Assists - 6 --- Turnovers - 6 - Fouls - 1 - (21 Points)

- Kentucky - 92 - Rider - 63 - Assists - 11 --- Turnovers - 2 - Fouls - 2 - (21 Points)

- Kentucky - 68 - North Carolina - 66 - Assists - 7 --- Turnovers - 7 - Fouls - 2 - (16 Points)

- Totals for John Wall in first three games and first tough opponent -

- Assists - 29 - Turnovers - 20 - Fouls - 7 - Points - 77 -- Assist to TO Ratio = 1.45:1



Brandon Knight

- Kentucky - 88 - ETSU - 65 - Assists - 5 --- Turnovers - 2 - Fouls - 2 - (17 points)

- Kentucky - 79 - Portland - 48 - Assists - 1 --- Turnovers - 3 - Fouls - 1 - (21 Points)

- Kentucky - 76 - Oklahoma - 64 - Assists - 3 --- Turnovers - 5 - Fouls - 2 - (13 Points)

- Kentucky - 67 - UCONN - 84 - Assists - 5 --- Turnovers - 5 - Fouls - 3 - (6 Points)

- Totals for Brandon Knight in first three games and first tough opponent -

- Assists - 9 - Turnovers - 15 - Fouls - 8 - Points - 47 -- Assist to TO Ratio = .6:1

- Team Leaders - (Guards) - (Assists)

- (1) Deandre Liggins - 16 Assists - 5 Turnovers -- Assist to TO Ratio = 3.2:1

- (2) Brandon Knight - Assists - 9 - Turnovers - 15 -- Assist to TO Ratio = .6:1



Marquis Teague

- Kentucky - 108 - Marist - 58 - Assists - 4 --- Turnovers - 3 - Fouls - 4 - (16 Points)

- Kentucky - 75 - Kansas - 65 - Assists - 3 --- Turnovers - 6 - Fouls - 4 - (12 Points)

- Kentucky - 85 - Penn St - 47 - Assists - 2 --- Turnovers - 3 - Fouls - 3 - (9 Points)

- Kentucky - 62 - Old Dominion - 52 - Assists - 4 --- Turnovers - 6 - Fouls - 1 - (6 Points)

- Totals for Marquis Teague in the first three games

- Assists - 13 - Turnovers - 18 - Fouls - 12 - Points - 43 - Assist to TO Ratio = .72:1

- Team Leaders - (Guards) - (Assists)

- (1) Darius Miller - Assists - 18 - Turnovers - 7 -- Assist to TO Ratio = 2.57:1

- (2) Marquis Teague - Assists - 13 - Turnovers - 18 - Assist to TO Ratio = .72:1

- (3) Doron Lamb - Assists - 11 - Turnovers - 2 --- Assist to TO Ratio = 5.5:1



As you can see by the stats above Teague's numbers seem consistent with Brandon Knight's 2010-11 numbers but we must add that the team leader in assists for Kentucky early in the 2010-11 season was Deandre Liggins with 16 assists and only 5 turnovers which is an amazing 3.2:1 assist to turnover ratio.

Teague is actually 3rd in assist to turnover ratio (among guards) early in the 2011-12 season with Darius Miller leading in assists with 18 assists and Doron Lamb leading in assist to turnover ratio with a smoking 5.5 assists to every 1 turnover. As we progress into this young season we will keep track of these numbers and Teague must show a marked improvement in the next 3 or 4 games or he may actually lose his starting job to the more experienced Miller. The numbers don't lie and as of now Teague's numbers are dismal in all comparisons, especially compared to the two other Kentucky guards.

It doesn't take PhD to see the root of Teague's issues on the court. He is simply trying too hard to make the spectacular play when he should be simply trying to make the play. Teague is trying to make the Top Ten Sports Center highlight reel on every possession when he should simply try to make the play. Miller proved this point in UK's hard earned victory against Old Dominion as Miller showed the younger Teague how to bust a tough 3-2 zone while simply making plays to lead the Wildcats to victory, there were no Sports Center highlights for Miller, just solid plays.

The season is young but in a blink of an eye we will be in league play and if Teague cannot find his comfort zone on the court the intense and physical nature of SEC play, especially on the road, will only add to Teague's assist to turnover ratio woes. I will make a bold prediction and state that if Teague doesn't show improvement in the next 2 games, which UK should win, we may find Teague coming off the bench against St. John's and North Carolina. Teague may need a wake-up call, especially if Teague is displaying a poor attitude during the game. We must add that Calipari has praised Teague's attitude in practice but practice and games are two different balls of wax. Teague must end his need to be seen and start showing college basketball fans what type of point guard he can be.

(Crossposted on The Rural Democrat)

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