While Kentucky's defense has been the most consistent part of its game this season, coach Tubby Smith has seen some recent "slippage" that he wants to have corrected by the time the Wildcats play at Florida Sunday.
"Against Tennessee, we made some poor decisions on how to trap and rotate,"
said Smith today.
Smith said Florida's Anthony Roberson, Matt Walsh and Lee Humphrey create
problems because they can stretch a defense much like Tennessee's Chris Lofton
"We need to be closer to those guys, but also closer when the ball enters the
post. Some guys have a tendency to watch too much," Smith said. "When our
perimeter players get out of position, it puts more pressure on our front line
players. We've got to quit reaching and gambling."
Even senior Chuck Hayes endured Smiths' wrath against Tennessee when the Vols
got an open shot inside. Smith thought Hayes should have rotated under the
basket, but Hayes thought UK's ball-line principles should have taken him to
where the ball originally was.
"We were scrambling and did not get the proper rotation," Smith said. "Those
are the things we have to correct."
Rebounding would be another area the coach would like to see corrected. The
Cats are now being consistently outrebounded, a major concern going into
postseason play. Smith said his team works on it daily.
"We are getting better at technique and attempting to block out, but we've got
to finish. We've got to go get the ball and rebound with two hands," Smith said.
But Smith said he's not going to harp on the rebounding.
"We just have to move on and hope we are better," he said.
VAUGHT: Tubby seeks to correct "slippage"
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