We’ve talked about Kentucky’s slump ad nauseam this week, but NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster took a different approach: he asked SEC coaches and assistant coaches why the Cats have been so bad lately. Some of them were pretty blunt (albeit anonymously), especially about Kentucky’s defense:
“They couldn’t guard us for s***,” said a member of one staff that has faced Kentucky recently.
I mean, you can’t argue with that. Other coaches/assistants said they contained Kentucky by forcing them to play in the halfcourt, where the Cats are painfully predictable. You know all of our complaints about body language and lack of communication on the court? Other teams have noticed it too.
There seems to be a lack of fight with this group. Talk to people around the conference and you’ll hear things like “don’t really see a lot of leadership” and “they seem disinterested.” Tennessee is totally outclassed in terms of talent but, as one person that scouted the Tennessee’s win said, “Tennessee just played harder.” In the loss to Florida, they got punched in the mouth and didn’t have an answer, as Florida dominated the glass, picked up every loose ball and lit up Kentucky in transition.
Blergh. Before you start making other arrangements for March, check out the rest of Dauster’s column, in which he points out that both Duke and Kansas have gone through similar growing pains this season. He also gives KSR a shoutout, and, as you know, flattery will get you everywhere on this site.