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Today’s effort on defense wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Objective number one in today’s game for Kentucky (besides winning) was playing better defense; they definitely accomplished that in the first half, holding Alabama to 20 points off 32% shooting, a sight for sore eyes across the Commonwealth.

“They played terrific defense and we just didn’t come out ready to play,” Bama’s Dazon Ingram said of Kentucky’s start.

The second half was a different story. Alabama shot 57.7% in the second half, which Isaiah Briscoe said was unacceptable.

“In the first half, I think our defense was great,” Briscoe said. “I think the last maybe three minutes or four minutes, I don’t think they scored until he got on the free throw line with 30 seconds left in the half. The second half, we weren’t the same. I think KP [Kenny Payne] said they shot 57%, which is not good in our favor, but most of that stuff is layups and things like that but we’ve gotta get back. We’re gonna go practice and continue to work on our defense and continue to talk and just gel together.”

Throughout the game, Calipari yelled “CLAP” at his players on defense, which Briscoe may have rolled his eyes at a little when asked about, but Dominique Hawkins said it really helps the team sync up and focus.

“Yeah, it’s for us to get more energy,” Hawkins said of the clapping. “When we do clap, I feel like it actually does help, it gets us ready for the possession, everybody starts talking, gelling together. I feel like there are times we don’t even need to clap to have the energy, we’ll go down and everybody will say, we need just one stop, let’s get it.”

Briscoe proved down the stretch today that he’s Kentucky’s leader, and in the huddles, he says he’s preaching defense right now.

“I honestly just talk defense. With this team, I really don’t worry about offense because we’re so talented. Everybody can score, everybody can get off a dribble. It’s just focusing on defense and talking and just being able to come up with consecutive stops, I think that’s big for us because on offense, I know we’ll score, especially in transition and things like that. So I’m mainly just talking about defense, getting everybody to buy into defense.”

Today wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start.


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10 Comments for Today’s effort on defense wasn’t perfect, but it was a good start

  1. syrin
    4:37 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    If this team plays this sort of defense, and improves upon it, they could make a deep March run. They also need to work on half court offense.

  2. shelby
    4:49 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Very happy with this win. If u play on the road, in conference, get the W and get on the bus happy. The defense was very good at times and showed improvement. If Bam doesnt get in foul trouble, we’re much better at the rim. I have to say, if humphries was black, he’d get called for half as many fouls.
    The refs just look at him and think there’s no way he made a play so they blow the whistle; if he was darker, or more ripped, they’d blow half as many whistles. SEC officials are simply awful, i’ve never seen so many calls made with an official out of position and his view blocked.

    • syrin
      5:02 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink


    • runningunnin.454
      11:45 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      So Humphries gets fouls called because he’s white? Seriously
      How come Fox, Hawkins, Gabriel had 4 fouls, and Bam fouled out?

  3. Harrelson55
    5:02 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    There’s no reason to worry about this team, unless they are still playing badly on defense, with about a week to go before the sec tourney. This team is fine.

    • AGSlater
      5:12 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      Seriously? I really still doubt they are fine. Yes they improved, but Bama played very poor. They were throwing to invisible people and missing every FT. Good to get the win they woulda lost if Bama showed up

    • jaws2
      5:22 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      ^^^^. Finally, a man of reason on here!! Bama was 9/26 from the line for gosh sakes.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:36 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah every win is a suckfest.

  4. jim tom
    8:55 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    Where is big bored ? Researching permalink locations I guess

  5. jrdh13
    9:13 pm February 11, 2017 Permalink

    0 killer instinct in these guys.. we have struggled to close every game, not good signs for march. i do like our zone though