The NBA scouts lining the wall of the Joe Craft Center probably had a feeling they would leave Lexington wowed by a couple of players. But the guy they talked about the most, the one that left them wowed when they boarded their planes and headed home, wasn’t who most people think it would be.
In the latest Mailbag, Coach Cal answers who the most improved player on this year’s team is, what advice he would give to someone starting out in the coaching business and who would be on his all-defensive team.
In case you live under a rock and haven’t heard, there’s somewhat of a big game down in Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday between John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats and the Florida Gators. First place will be on the line for the Cats, who trail the Gators by just a game in the Southeastern Conference standings.
As big of a problem as youth is with this 10-5 Kentucky team, perhaps UK’s second-biggest problem this year has been that lack of a shutdown defensive stopper, someone who, as Coach Cal said Monday, “just says, ‘Let me guard him. … Let’s stop this, that’s enough.’ ”
According to kenpom.com, Louisville is No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency, nearly four points better than the second-place team. Forcing nearly 21.4 turnovers a game, the Cardinals are making the opposition turn the ball over on 30.1 percent of its possessions. If there is one key that stands out more than any other in this year’s Kentucky-Louisville matchup, it could be how the Cats handle Louisville’s relentless pressure.
In the latest episode of the Mailbag, Coach Cal talks about where he got the idea to run a players-first program and who can become a defensive stopper on this year’s team.
Coach Cal has often said this year’s team could be similar to the 2010-11 squad in that it might take some lumps during the season, but it could be in a position to compete for a championship by the end of the year. Having played the last three UK teams, Reveno would agree.
ARLINGTON, Texas – One could blame it on the hour-and-a-half delay from the four-overtime Kentucky-Baylor women’s basketball game earlier in the night, but that would be making an excuse for a UK team that showed a lot of glaring holes in its 67-62 loss to Baylor on Friday night. No, after watching his team get […]