Your eyes did not deceive you in the second half when it appeared Kentucky was playing a zone defense. John Calipari did indeed go to a zone defense, and he liked what he saw in the limited time it was used against Stephen F. Austin.
“That looked good, didn’t it? I put that in yesterday,” he said after the game. “It was pretty good. We’ll watch it on tape. We are big and long and active — they got the ball in the middle, but you know what? You get in the ball in the middle and everybody is big, it’s a tough play.”
Though Cal rarely turns to a zone, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise he tried it, considering he teased it in his preseason Q&A.
Back then, about two months ago, he told us, “There’s some zones we could play. Not the traditional 2-3, but those three big guards out with two bigs – or, 6-11 or 6-10 at the top of the key, where you have a big guy out there who can really guard and make that tough on people.”
So is this a team that will finally convince Cal to go zone?
Like he said, it looked good, didn’t it?