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That's what I was told by numerous postgame chatters (most during a spirited Twitter debate) yesterday in the wake of the Florida game.
Take a look and judge for yourself.
Better hope Vandy doesn't "just get hot" like this today...
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Jeff, let them get hot. I want the best they have!!! Why? well it will only help because the SEC tourney is not the big goal for this team. The NCAA tourney is. KY needs to be pushed to the max.
Jeff, it looks to me they were wide open. Wide open shots are easy to knock down for bad college shooters. They are almost automatic for good shooters. UK needs to get back to defending like they were a few weeks ago when they wasn't giving the other teams hardly any open looks.
I didn't realize our D was quite that bad... Yikes!
MKG had a very poor game in particular...he got caught not switching on the picks a few times, sagging below the 3pt line and trying to recover, etc...
Some us truly discount the mental aspect of the game at this time of year...and to be fair, UK hasn't been mentally into either SEC tournament game. This is one reason experience has its purpose come March...lets hope we are mentally sharper come next weekend.
The last two days, LSU had a decent inside game, but could not buy a shot from the perimeter. After the game, some of these observers said, "If only they could have made shots from the arc" Yesterday, Florida did just that, 11 of them to be precise, and yes, they did "just got hot" That is once in three tries that Florida "just got hot" but even that was not quite enough, because while their gaurds did create some space around the perimeter by taking the ball inside on the dribble, Florida's overall inside game is thin at best, and lacking is a better descriptor.
Vandy has had two shots at UK, and they hit 8-21 in Nashville from long range, and 7-18 at Rupp. Both of those performances by Vandy had "hot" stretches, and both of those performances are completely consistent with Vanderbilt's average performance from long range this season. If Vandy plays its game again today, Cats will win by 5 to 15 points. If Vandy "gets hot" as the saying goes, and does what Florida did yesterday, hitting 50% of their attempts, when they average hitting 38 to 39%, then it will be a much closer game that could go either way.
The difference between Florida and Vanderbilt is that Vanderbilt has a real inside game, and if they "get hot" on top of that inside game, they may beat the Cats today, but not if the Cats also "get hot."
I don't think they just got hot. Our D was just good not great like it has been for a lot of the season. Florida played well though. They drove and kicked out instead of just jacking those threes up. Thats what Vandy will try to do today as well. We've got to continue to switch everything and AD has got to stay on his feet better today. Almost looked like AD was trying to hard at times yesterday. I mean he played great but he did get to antsy a couple of times to block shots. Which is what happened on that wide open dunk that Young got and led to a couple of baskets by UF.
Florida has a good inside game with Patric Young, they don't utilize him nearly enough. He does a good job of establishing early and low post position, but Florida didn't get him the ball enough......luckily.
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I think you guys missed Jeff's sarcasm. lol Actually, I'm positive some of you missed it since you corrected him by saying "they weren't hot, we left them open."
That was Jeff's point. Everyone was making excuses for Florida hitting so many threes by saying "They just got hot," but really, our guys played zero 3-point defense. Those photos are excellent pieces of such evidence.
Welcome the new generation of domination.
They were extremely open. It was mind boggling.
Did anyone else get the feeling we couldn't decide whether to hedge or switch on screens? Instead we did a little of both.
I'll get ripped for it...because our D has been solid all year. I hate how we switch everything though. It's nice to be able to do it...but it doesn't mean we should. Wiltjer ended up on Beal a few times because of it.
Davis, in my opinion, had a terrible defensive game. Murphy and Young were abusing him all game long.
The reason that they were so open was two fold. They were shooting threes off breaks and in the half court UK was getting hung up on some screens.
UK must get back better and fight thru those screens better.
If UK leaves Jenkins open he will kill them. Somebody needs to be in his grill the entire game.
IMO UK has taken the SEC tournament lightly because their coach took it lightly and IMO havent given their "A" game. At least I hope this is true because if they dont step it up they will not bring home number eight. Florida has a decent team but they are a step below what UK must face later in the NCAA tournament.
The problem is when Florida had small very quick guards in the game and we switch on every screen. That leaves our best post defender and rebounder, AD, guarding a 5'9" guy 25 feet out while we have Teague guarding Murphy. In that situation Murphy, at 6' 10" can get his shot and AD really can't chase Beal close enough to contain him. Florida put us in those situations by design. The other problem is that UF shoots the 3 better than anyone in the country so if you don't switch you get hit with a 3. The only other team that really scares me like this is Missouri. They are very hard to control with 4 guards who are quick and shoot well.
This. Davis got "worked" yesterday. Young just flat out outplayed him yesterday in the post and before anyone bashes the hell outta me, no I wouldn't trade Davis for ANYONE! IMO Ezeli is a whole lot slower off of his feet and Davis will show BIG today!
Oh by the way, how about that Teague kid yesterday? What a game for the young gun!!!
I didn't get to watch yesterday because I was on a flight, but my cousin told me they didn't play well defensively. From these pictures it appears the played very lackadaisical. Hope they don't do this today.
Nice post Jeff...Cats played well below their potential on D. They look bored to me, at least I hope that's what it is....
That's what they invented a zone for.
Davis is quick enough to stay with Murphy. Murphy just made him look bad.
Bad habits carried over to today. Cats have to get back into lock-down mode.
No excuse for giving up 16 treys in 31 attempts the last two games.
No excuse for shooting 27 3's either. Ridiculous.
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