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Cats need to dial up defense

As I sat in Rupp Arena on Saturday, I watched a Kentucky team with several significant flaws. Poor rebounding, no interior presence, dismal free throw shooting, and absolutely no flow on offense. None of this really suprised or bothered me. Kentucky has often shown these flaws during the early months of the season as Tubby tinkers with combinations. What did surpise me was the lack of defensive intensity and aggression that good teams under Tubby have displayed. With a team like North Carolina in the building for a national television game, the cats should have come out like their hair was on fire. Instead, for the most part, the cats appeared to be in a deep slumber on the defensive end. These cats need to look back to a Kentucky team from a few years ago who began in similar fashion only to reshape their season by finally buying into Tubby’s defense-first philosophy at halftime of that memorable Vandy game in Nashville. When that team came out in the second half, it was as though they had transformed into hungry wolves, and Vanderbilt players had raw meat in their pockets. This team can overcome all of their shortcomings if they take on that same hungry attitude.

Article written by Duncan Cavanah