Happy New Year! It’s a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new day for the world to recommit and refocus on reaching goals in 2014. Back in November Coach Cal talked about the team trying to change their bad habits from high school and a perfect time to keep working on those habits is with a new years resolution. NBC Sports has been making some selections for teams around basketball and here’s what they selected for Kentucky:
Why it will happen: With the exception of last season’s disaster, John Calipari’s staple as a basketball coach has been his ability to get his teams to defend. During the seven season stretch from 2005-2006 through 2011-2012 – when Cal’s Memphis and Kentucky teams were in the top ten of KenPom’s rankings every season – the Wildcats only once had a defense that was worse than 9th in defensive efficiency: the 2011 team that finished 15th. This season Kentucky is currently sitting at 46th.
Ignore Randle In The Post
Why it won’t happen: Randle needs to have the ball given to him on the block. He’s not Kobe or LeBron. He’s not simply going to dribble into a post-up. He needs to seal his man and have one of Kentucky’s perimeter players throw him an entry pass. But those perimeter players aren’t always willing to make that pass. Both Andrew and Aaron Harrison, and James Young as well, are score-first players. If they get into a rhythm and Kentucky is struggling, they’ve already shown a tendency to try to take over instead of continuing to pound the ball where their breads gets buttered.
I don’t think the Cats ignore Randle in the post but focusing in on your best player some more could never hurt. Here are some more resolutions I think the Cats should focus on in this new year:
- Concentrate on free throws late in the game
- Make smart, crisp passes
- Matching blonde hairstyles for everyone.
What are your picks for the Cat’s 2014 resolutions?
[NBC Sports: New Year’s Resolutions: Kentucky Wildcats]