By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky swept three games in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands to get back into the top 25 this week going into this afternoon’s game against Morehead, which is third in the country in per game scoring.
“They’re really good at scoring the ball, very dynamic and energetic team, plays with a lot of energy,” coach Matthew Mitchell said.
But couldn’t there be a great chance UK could have a letdown today?
“We weren’t on the beach very much. We were in the gym for three really, really difficult games, very physical games. So, I’m not concerned about a letdown as much as I am just where we are after the grueling tournament,” Mitchell said.
“It’s a really, really tough tournament. There’s a price to be paid for that. Very happy to win those games, but they were tough, psychical, so we need to bounce back here and really get our minds focused in on a challenging game. They play a dynamic style, a lot of different players who bring the ball up the floor and initiate their offense. They’re really good in transition offense and have five kids in double-figure scoring. So, dynamic scoring team, and so you need energy against that team.”
Traveling and playing three games in three days before the flight back to Lexington worries Mitchell more than a potential letdown against a high-scoring team.
“We’ve got to muster up the energy to get that down, because what the team has proven, and they really proved it last week, we have high-character young women on our team. They played their guts out, played really, really hard. We’re not the most talented team around, but they are an outstanding group of people and they want to win and want to play hard,” Mitchell said.
“So, I’m not concerned about them getting their heads in the clouds and thinking we won the national championship because we won the Paradise Jam Championship. It’s a little trophy of a steal drum that they played on the Islands. I mean, we’re very appreciative to have it, but I don’t know that we need to start patting ourselves on the back a whole lot.”