Friday, November 20, 2009

"Defense wins Championships"

Sam Houston State v Kentucky
Listen to that old sports cliche Kentucky, "Offense wins games, but defense wins Championships." For all of the hype that this young Kentucky team has brought offensively they have so far lacked defensively. For back to back games (Miami (OH) and Sam Houston State) a team has come into Rupp arena and set a record for team three pointers by an opponent. Add to that a Morehead State game that was a little too close for Cat's fans Kentucky is now 3-0 but not in #4 fashion. The issue is on defense right now, and specifically team defense. Players are not rotating, players are not moving their feet. They are relying on their athletic ability that has got them through AAU but cannot get you through this level. Any NCAA Division I player will hit a wide open shot at least 90% of the time, you have to get a hand up and you have to move. Kentucky has not only fallen short of 3pt defense but also allows their player to get to the basket a little to easily. They rely on their shot blocking ability to save them, now don't get me wrong they have a lot of good blocks, but again if you want to be upper echelon you have to play like it.

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