Calipari adding zone to repertoire

Why is Kentucky coach John Calipari, long known for having teams in the top ten in defensive efficiency, wanting his team to play more zone defense this season?

Why is Kentucky coach John Calipari, long known for having teams in the top ten in defensive efficiency, wanting his team to play more zone defense this season?

Calipari explained, "Because I think there's some teams that you can zone that we're going to play that I think we can come down and they want to get into their rhythm of play and we can play some zone.

"It's also I don't see us giving up wide open shots because we're so big. You know, I just don't see it because we're so long and big. I would probably do it with a big lineup so that every shot is a contested shot and it's not bad. I've never had a big zone like that. You think about it, we're 6-foot-10 across the line and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a 7-foot-2 wingspan at one guy, and maybe it's Doron (Lamb) or Marquis (Teague) at the other guard. I mean, that's a big zone, very big."

Doron Lamb said of the zone, "With Terrence (Jones) and Anthony (Davis) on the wings blocking shots, it really helps us. With me, Marquis (Teague), and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) at the top of the key, the other team can't really get a shot up."

Calipari was asked what he thought about his team playing the zone against Radford.

Calipari said, "The Zone I wanted put in, and I think it's something that we need to think about doing some. And we've got to get better than we are right now. We got out of whack a little bit a couple times, but we're I'll look at the tape again, and we're going to try to figure out how we've got to play. Because we're long, you think you've got a shot, and someone has got a hand on you, but then we got a rebound. Kyle (Wiltjer) got that ball jerked from him, and Eloy (Vargas) went in there and rebounded, so maybe Eloy is the middle of that zone if we go zone."


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