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Pulling for the Press

When basketball fans think about the trademarks of a Rick Pitino-coached basketball team, the first one that generally comes to mind is the vaunted full court press. This is despite the fact that his most successful teams have actually concentrated more on half court man to man defense. Nevertheless, I think it is quite possible that Kentucky will see some press when the Cards come in to Lexington on Saturday. More to the point, Kentucky fans should pray that we see it early and often. Kentucky’s half court execution on the offensive end is presently missing in action. It would seem to me that the prudent way to attack the Cats is to play aggressive half court man to man and watch Kentucky sputter. (See: Carolina, North and Indiana.) However, we know that Pitino is…how to put this… confident. He thinks he can beat anyone with his own system and the force of his will. Therefore, the press will make an appearance. This is a positive for the Cats because it lets the guards, particulalry Rondo, control the game. It also creates easy, confidence-building baskets. To look at it in a negative light, it makes post play somewhat insignificant. So lets all pull for Pitino’s press. It may be the best weapon the Cats have.

Article written by Duncan Cavanah