The psychology of basketball is so interesting. Right now Kentucky's bench jumped up clapping and heading to the locker room and they're down four. Conversely, you can feel UConn's balloon deflating and we all know one of Kevin Ollie's jobs at halftime is to convince his kids that they've got Kentucky where they want them regardless of the past 5 minutes. If the game was just tight the whole way and UConn hit a 3 to make a 4-point lead, they'd feel very, very different. It's just crazy how the rubberband creates this dynamic. And BBall is usually a game of runs so it's even more pronounced than in football.
It drives me crazy when Barnwell says momentum doesn't exist. It may not be a predictor of future events, but it surely exists. You can physically feel it. I wonder if he ever played football at any level.
I certainly was not won over with his play. He makes himself small at the basket and while having very good athleticism, he seems undersized.
if you're speaking specifically about his play last night, he had been bothered by some nagging injury since the elite 8 or so, iirc. he's been a terrific offensive rebounder all season. saw a comparison on a draft website to david lee that i feel is not too far off. randle lacks a more reliable mid range shot but is probably more capable when it comes to driving. he blew past his man a few times last night but failed to convert the layup on a few attempts.