1. Inside Out
Bam Adebayo couldn’t get anything going against Mississippi State because of foul trouble. South Carolina doesn’t have a soul that can guard Bam. The best way to get the Kentucky offense going early is to let it all go through Bam. After a couple of easy dunks, their perimeter defenders will be forced to dig into the post to help, opening up three-point shooters. My preferred method for breaking down a good defense is through penetration, but Bam will be the answer today.
2. Hands Up
The Cats can’t play defense with their hands. The refs will put them on the bench before they can even ask, “What foul?” Frank Martin’s teams play a physical brand of basketball. The Cats can’t out-physical them with their hands, they have to do it with their lower body.
3. Stop the Drive
The Cocks have three players shooting over 40 percent from behind the three-point line (Thornwell, Dozier and Rakym Felder), but this team isn’t scary from deep. Only 28 percent of their points come from behind the three-point line. They create offense off the dribble and let Thornwell and Dozier light it up from deep. Eliminate straight-line drives, play hands up defense, contain either Thornwell or Dozier and the Cats should cruise.