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Coach Cal likes the look of the zone he installed yesterday


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?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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2 Comments for Coach Cal likes the look of the zone he installed yesterday

  1. Luether
    10:50 pm November 11, 2016 Permalink

    I’m glad that Cal is finally warming up to the advice I’ve been giving him since he came here. To be successful, you almost gotta occasionally mix in a zone…

  2. rockatao
    6:14 am November 12, 2016 Permalink

    I’d like to see them play some zone also, but I don’t think last night’s version is gonna fly. Looked like four guys zoning the three-point line, with only Bam defending from the foul line in or in any position to rebound.