Kentucky shows off two-platoon system in 116-68 defeat of Pikeville

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Walter Cornett |
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Walter Cornett |

It was hardly a fair fight, but it was an entertaining debut for John Calipari’s two-platoon system Sunday night as the University of Kentucky basketball team showcased its unmatched size and depth in a 116-68 exhibition thrashing of Pikeville at Rupp Arena.

Calipari started twin sophomores Andrew and Aaron Harrison, junior Alex Poythress, freshman and junior Willie Cauley-Stein. The second platoon consisted of freshmen Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker and with sophomores and Dakari Johnson.

The two waves overwhelmed the undersized Bears, an NAIA team whose starters were three 6-foot-3 players and a pair of 6-5 guys. The Wildcats’ starters went 6-6, 6-6, 6-8, 6-11 and 7 feet – a collective 23-inch height advantage.

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