Seth Greenberg’s assessment of this Kentucky basketball team was spot-on and not what we want to hear two games into SEC play. Greenberg said the Cats pump-faked him by winning the Duke game early in the season, only to prove him wrong after he went all-in following that win.
“I have a lot of concerns for this Kentucky team,” Greenberg told Kevin Negandhi during ESPN’s postgame coverage last night. “They don’t compete, they don’t play hard, and the guys (Calipari) brings in to make shots, they don’t defend. And that’s a definite concern.”
Kentucky won’t get stops if it doesn’t compete on defense, and a big part of the problem is defending ball screens. Greenberg said, “They melt on screens, they don’t fight through screens; they’re not alert off the basketball so they can’t help the helper or help each other fight through screens.”
Greenberg also sees problems offensively with UK’s lack of shooters on that end. Outside of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, no one is capable of shooting the ball and the entire team seems to only be going through the motions.
“Offensively, they ran offense to run offense,” he said. “They ran through their sets, but they didn’t run offense with any purpose whatsoever, trying to score.”
Opponents have figured that out, and with only two shooters on the team, the strategy is simple: deny Ulis and Murray, and pack the lane for everyone else.
“They have some issues they need to address.”
He’s not lying.