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.