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John Calipari says lack of trust is hurting UK’s three-point defense

We have all wondered why Kentucky’s perimeter defense has been so porous and head coach John Calipari informed us Basketball Bennies his thoughts on why Kentucky has given up 43 threes (!!!) in four games.

Calipari blames a lack of anticipation and trust.

“But the idea of anticipating when you’re a high school player, you’re just worried where your man is,” Calipari said. “You’re not worried about what’s happening over here, so now to get them to see the ball, and then anticipate what’s coming next. If we had to leave or you have to leave, go. Then someone will get your man.

“The second part of that is trust. If I anticipate what’s happening, then I’ve got to trust that someone has my man if I leave. We’re not anticipating and we don’t trust, but let’s see where we are compared to where we were. Let’s see where we are a month from now.”

Hmmm. One may think a team that has been playing together for months would have more trust with one another defensively, but Calipari is right about all the young guys adapting to the college game.

Calipari expects the perimeter defense to improve.

“… This team should be a great defensive team, a great rebounding team, a great post-up team that can shoot threes. That’s what it should be, my vision of this team.”

UK won’t have to wait long to face another test from the perimeter. Winthrop is averaging over 10 made threes per game and has already taken 107 shots from deep in just four games.

Bring it on. Maybe.

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Article written by TJ Walker

17 Comments for John Calipari says lack of trust is hurting UK’s three-point defense



  1. Blueballz
    9:43 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    I mean it’s not like he had 10 practices prior to the season and four games in the Bahamas where most teams didn’t. I’ve watched many games this early season and his defensive schemes suck. Give us some better BS Cal…the we are you and they were in high school crap is getting old



    • timbo
      10:10 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Duke gave up 11 tonight. Calm down guy. They were in high school. They’re kids. They’re lazy on defense at times. Cal is a coach. You are an obnoxious fan. These are facts.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      5:52 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Then go support a different team if the true things he says are getting old to you. What do you expect him to say? “We aren’t good at defense because these kids suck and they aren’t going to get any better.” That will give them confidence! That will bring the recruits in! I



  2. Blueballz
    9:52 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Young*



  3. bigbluebanana
    10:15 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s see what you sh!t talking mouth has to say come March blueballz. If you, or anyone else, think this team isn’t going to be great, we don’t need you…more importantly, THEY don’t need you. I trust this hall of fame coach, and I trust this group of HIGHLY talented young kids. I don’t want to see you on the bandwagon when we put it all together.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      5:55 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. These people complain about Cal saying the same things all the time and yet they say the same things all the time too.



  4. terwilliger
    10:16 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    His offensive schemes suck too.

    Main thing that kills me about our D (and this has been true for years) is that we ALWAYS switch instead of fighting through screens. Other teams just wait till they get the right mismatch and then exploit it. They do this every trip down. I don’t understand why we don’t play a real man-to-man D, and every guy stay between his man and the basket. Is that so hard?



  5. VirginiaCat
    10:17 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    “… This team should be a great defensive team, a great rebounding team, a great post-up team that can shoot threes. That’s what it should be, my vision of this team.”

    Cal, that means that they have the potential to do all those great things, but for some reason it hasn’t panned out. That is tantamount to admitting that you have not leveraged the team’s talent. Maybe the problem is more you than them.



    • DelrayCat
      10:36 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      The Cal hating here is insane. Most of these kids are still just trying to figure chit out…especially the freshmen.. Give them time people. Geez.



    • henderblue
      11:01 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Virginia cat, maybe the problem is it’s NOVEMBER.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:03 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Jebus man, we are barely 1/10 into the season. Duke destroyed us, it’s a fact. We can’t win them all. Are these kids not allowed to learn and adapt? By your logic, next time you get hired, if you’re not the CEO by the end of the month, you have failed.



  6. bigblue2284
    10:39 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

    Blah blah blah same regurgitated non sense over and over, lack of coaching is more like it. I just watched a well coached Auburn team play Duke within 6, Cal couldn’t keep it within 30 with more “talent”.



    • michaelb
      11:24 pm November 20, 2018 Permalink

      Auburns team is so freaking badass those two guards man. I’d trade our players for theirs in a heart beat lol



    • runningunnin.454
      12:13 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      Wonder how much Auburn paid for those players.



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      6:02 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right! Cal should just quit because he isn’t the best X’s and O’s coach. He needs to just walk away and forget that he has had a ton of success being a college coach because a dude commenting on an article thinks Cal isn’t a good coach. I’m sure U.K. Is reading this now and making sure that bigblue is on the next coaching search committee given his expertise. I, personally wonder if big blue will walk away from his job as Kroger bag boy because he is only the fifth best at his store.



    • bigbluebanana
      9:05 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      That game was never as close as a 6 point final makes it appear and you know it. There was never a point in that game where duke was going to lose…NEVER



    • bigblue2284
      9:39 am November 21, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t disagree about the game being close but Auburn didn’t embarrass themselves and competed. in other words Pearl had them ready to play.

      Watchutalkingboutwillis got to get personal because some one talked about his ball coach. My suggestion is for Cal to stop being a stubborn arrogant coach. It’s pretty obvious he rubbed a lot of players the wrong way coaching the US team and now that he can’t get the best of best is struggling. He refuses to use zone defense, won’t press and his half court offense is a mess. What made the greats great beyond their record was the ability to adapt.