Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats offense good, defense fair in first game win

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3. Defense rebounding strong, but disappeared at other times

The best part of the Kentucky defense was cleaning the glass for rebounds where they pulled down 27 missed Panther shots while allowing just seven offensive rebounds. Grady was the only Wildcat to not have a defensive board.

Kentucky did turn it over nine times but only resulted in the Panthers netting seven points.

While that seems good Kentucky got ball-faked time and time again especially under the basket.

Calipari was none too pleased with that side of the court but shouldered the blame.

"“We got a long way to go. Defensively I’ve worked real hard to get us to space the court and place with speed to create good shots, and I’ve done a poor job defensively and normally my teams will guard our interior defense can’t be this bad. They’re good give them credit number 29 (Boyd) what he have like 50. A couple of jumpers but everything else was muscle go next to the basket ask us to leave our feet. What I bad job I’ve done with these guys.”"

Calipari added he knew Kentucky Wesleyan would take charges on their end of the floor but would have liked to have his team take more.

“You can’t just drive it in there because they are going to take charges. We have to have some guys that if you can’t block a shot then take a charge. We got a couple of guys whose motors don’t run all the time. You can’t be in the game and not be ready or rotating.”

Kentucky will be back in action next Friday night at 7 pm EST hosting Miles College.

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