VAUGHT: Tubby seeks to correct "slippage"

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.

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 did Wednesday.

"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.

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