Playing alongside Davis and Miller in an intrasquad game at Rupp Arena in front of more than 12,000 fans, Teague shoots 5 of 13 and commits four turnovers to go with his 19 rebounds (!) and eight assists. Calipari worries whether Teague can steer a cart pulled by thoroughbreds. Once the real games begin, Calipari does not in fact run on to the court to stop Teague. But not because he doesn't want to.
NOV. 15 VS. KANSAS AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
EXASPERATION LEVEL: THROUGH THE ROOF
"My point guard has six turnovers. He said it was the officials."
With three freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup, the Wildcats' offense still sometimes resembles a pickup game. Teague breaks off plays instead of running them to completion as ordered. He makes the occasional poor decision. "Early, it was tough," Teague says months later. "I wanted to get out and score and do the things I normally did. For my team to win, that's not what I [needed] to do. I had to make the adjustment. Get more people involved and just be a true point guard."
The good news? Kentucky wins by 10—against the team it will beat in the NCAA title game. The bad news? Media "experts" note that Teague might be the Wildcats' greatest liability. "I noticed [the criticism], but I didn't really pay attention," Teague says. "I'm the point guard. I can take [it]."
JAN. 7, 2012 VS. SOUTH CAROLINA IN LEXINGTON
EXASPERATION LEVEL: DECLINING