Why John Calipari is not bringing back platoons despite Kentucky basketball minutes crunch

vs Robert Morris, November 12, 2021, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Photo by Walter Cornett / Three Point Shots

Even after C.J. Fredrick’s season-ending hamstring injury, has more players than available minutes in his basketball rotation.

“Can I petition to see if I can add minutes to the game?” Calipari joked after ’s win over Robert Morris. “I’m trying to get it to an extra eight a quarter. I don’t think they’re going to go for that.”

In the season opener against Duke, junior seized the majority of the minutes at the four thanks to his defense against Blue Devils star freshman Paolo Banchero. With Toppin unavailable against due to a shoulder injury, freshman enjoyed a breakout performance at that position with 14 points, six rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

Neither Toppin nor Collins started those games though. That honor went to junior Keion Brooks, who totaled 22 points and four rebounds in ’s first two games.

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