That wasn’t Julius Randle.
Kentucky coach John Calipari can say otherwise. So can Julius Randle’s Kentucky teammates. So can Julius Randle himself. And all of them did, in fact. After Connecticut beat Kentucky 60-54 in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, Kentucky rallied around Randle, saying he was fine and he played fine and there’s nothing to see here. So move along.
For a variety of reasons, often nice reasons, people say things that aren’t true — and to say this Julius Randle was the same Julius Randle we’ve seen this season for Kentucky?
It just isn’t true. Because that wasn’t Julius Randle.