Bad body language has been a big concern about this Kentucky team. In his latest Mailbag episode, John Calipari was asked which player on the team has the best body language on the team when struggling. His answer? Dominique Hawkins:
“I would probably tell you maybe Dominique because he just keeps playing. He just plays. He broke down defensively a couple of times last game and he just keeps playing, I could leave him in there. There are other guys, when they break down or shoot an air ball, I’ve gotta take you out. Because you’re gonna break down on defense, run the wrong offense and give up an offensive rebound. Cause you missed a shot or a free throw or turned the ball over? You’ve gotta come out. So those are the things we’re fighting through right now.”
Cal also said that they’ve been practicing more against the zone in practice than any team he’s coached, which is good because North Carolina will likely run it a lot tomorrow. A lot of UK’s problems against zone defense? Pace. Cal says he’s trying to get his team to speed up so they can avoid the zone, and “beat the other team up the court.” Once again, he mentioned that because of their length, this team could be a deadly zone team themselves once they learn how to crack it on the other end of the court.
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