By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari has not been overly happy with how his team has been playing despite its five-game win streak. He’s been particularly unhappy with the defense, especially the 3-point defense that has been one of the worst in the country.
So what does he do to get his team focused against winless Monmouth Wednesday night in Rupp Arena?
“Again they have nothing to lose. It was a five-point game with West Virginia, who is a pretty good team. At halftime it was five. It was like nine late and then two or three 3’s and it spreads out,” Calipari said. “I’ve watched enough tape. They play fast. They play around a post player.
“I’ll be honest though, I think (coach) King (Rice) does an unbelievable job. But, I’m not worried about them. I know they can beat us. If we don’t guard, anybody can beat us. So, this comes down to let’s really guard.
“They have a three-quarter court trap that’s pretty good. They have a good two-three zone that they can go to. They’re aggressive man-to-man. They’ve been in almost every game except one and in that game a kid had 30 points at halftime. Every other game they’ve had their chances to win.”