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Cats know they reverted to bad habits in loss at Alabama

Immanuel Quickley (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After watching video of UK’s loss at Alabama on Saturday, freshman Tyler Herro said “transition defense” was Kentucky’s biggest issue.

“We gave up a lot of 3s in transition, a few dunks and layups, too. So I think being more focused on that coming out from the beginning of the game being focused. Even the second half we started pretty slow,” Herro said Monday.

Freshman Immanuel Quickley thinks UK is past the loss to Alabama and ready for Tuesday night’s game against Texas A&M in Rupp Arena.

“Alabama is a really good team, but we just want to move on and come out play hard each and every game,” Quickley said. “We did a really good job in a lot of the games before Alabama of playing together, being unselfish. I think we kind of reverted, not that we’re a selfish team, but we kind of missed some passes, (not) helping each other on defense, things like that. “

Kentucky coach John Calipari said his team “reverted” to old habits too often at Alabama.

“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to build for March. Every single day we’re trying to get better and better. I think we did take a few steps back in some of the areas we were making strides in. I think continuing to improve on that and drilling that in practice and just keep making strides,” Herro said.

Quickley said Kentucky’s youth shows at times and the players are working to correct that.

“Just coming out every day and trying to be consistent is the main thing,” Quickley said.

1 comment

  1. It was obvious that they were playing more one on one and the trust from the last two games was not there! Passing and defense went out the door. Instead of fighting through the picks, they took the easy path and the three’s killed them. The come back at the end of the game was encouraging!

    Quickley dribbles the ball too much! It slows down the offense and makes us easier to defend. How many lay ups and finger rolls are we going to miss this year? Please use the backboard or dunk the ball. What happened to our rebounding? PJ and Reid got eaten alive on the boards! Time to put the pads on the managers and toughen them up.

    It is early January and plenty of time to correct mistakes. If it is like last year, quality wins or more important than losses. Go Cats and keep improving. May be time for the breakfast club to start up and work on wide open shots.

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