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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Explosive Defense Edition

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I talked about Kentucky’s explosive defense in the postmortem of yesterday, but here’s a tweet from Justin Rowland amplifying that:

It’s so unusual for Kentucky to have a defense that is a genuine threat to score, it’s hard to wrap my head around. But the defense has scored 21 points in the last two games.

Tweet of the Morning

Happy birthday, Ashely. Great game on Saturday. Let that be a big present.

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  • Tony Delk says that Kentucky needs to sacrifice for the good of the team:

    "They’re going to have a lot of draft picks, but they gotta be willing to sacrifice for the good of the team," Delk said.

    I think Tony’s right.

  • Meet the Cats: Andrew Harrison. Also, I don’t believe we’ve linked:

  • Mike DeCourcy asks if the televised Kentucky "combine" will help UK win, and points out that most other college coaches hated it:

    The buzz the "pro day" created for Kentucky did not increase Calipari’s popularity with his peers, not that he particularly cares. Of seven who responded to a question about watching, only one replied he would.

    Whether it will serve any tangible purpose for the Wildcats won’t be established for a while — at least a few weeks, the period of time Calipari won’t have to be concerned with the pro scouts lining up on folding chairs adjacent to the practice court; and perhaps several months, as the players involved either do or do not set aside their individual goals to assure UK achieves everything possible in the coming season.

    The unpopularity of the tactic among fellow coaches is… let’s just be honest here… green-eyed jealousy and butt hurt in the first degree.

  • Adam Himmelsbach: The Genius of Calipari’s NBA Combine. I like how he’s a genius now, and not a brat. Still, I think this is right:

    The genius is that it serves so many purposes, both obvious and unspoken. Calipari will tell you that it is about his players. He wants them to shine in front of the largest collection of talent evaluators possible.

    And:

    Surely, other athletic departments will scramble to enter the fray somehow. Calipari knows this, and on Friday he even took a subtle jab at the competition, diluting it with a bit of self-deprecation.

    "This will probably get outlawed," he said of the combine. "All you coaches that think you’re going to start doing this, believe me, since I did it first, it’s outlawed."

    Nothing would surprise me less.

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