Davis concerned about Kentucky defense

When Indiana coach Mike Davis's team takes on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday he will go into the game winless against Tubby Smith's squad. Davis does not see the UK games as either making or breaking his Hoosiers' season. Davis says how his team plays in March is what is important.

Indiana coach Mike Davis has never beat Kentucky, something that may worry Indiana fans more than it does him even though he's had a couple of emotional tirades during losses to the Wildcats.

Still, Davis insisted today that if the Hoosiers beat Kentucky Saturday in Indianapolis, it would not make the Hoosiers' season.

"We are not basing our season on beating Kentucky. We just try to get better every game. We want to play for a championship," Davis said. "People harp on a lot of things. It's where you are in March that counts. We are really not thinking about it (what beating Kentucky would mean). There are a lot of teams that have not beaten teams."

Davis probably is worrying more about how UK will defend the Hoosiers. Most teams have collapsed inside on Auburn transfer Marco Killingsworth. When Duke opted to let Shelden Williams, last season's national defensive player of the year, defend him one on one, Killingsworth responded with 34 points on 15-for-20 shooting.

Indiana State collapsed inside on Killingsworth Tuesday during its 72-67 upset and forced him into seven turnovers.

"Marco is important to us because he can really take control of a game and force teams to play him with two or three guys," Davis said. "That's when he has to kick the ball out faster. Sometimes teams have had five guys in the paint surrounding him. We need him to carry us from the inside with his presence and then kick the ball back out. We are a very good shooting team when we shoot uncontested shots. When we shoot contested shots, we are not very good."

Davis didn't seem concerned that UK had a trio of 7-foot centers it could use to defend Killingsworth. "I don't think anyone can guard him one on one. You have to bring someone (to help) to contain him," Davis said.

The IU coach praised UK's perimeter play, especially with the return of Joe Crawford. He also acknowledged that the Cats had probably not always played with the intensity coach Tubby Smith wants this season. However, he says UK's problems would be quickly fixed if Randolph Morris was able to return.

"He is a big-time physical specimen. Being a sophomore, I know how much he will have improved from last year. He would definitely make them a top five team," Davis said.

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