Three-spot from UK’s ok win over Montevallo

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Three quick observations from Kentucky’s 95-72 exhibition win over visiting Montevallo:

1. Everyone else will be talking about James Young’s miraculous wrong-way heave that went into the Montevallo basket. What we should be talking about is defense, as in Kentucky’s defense, as in it’s not very good. “We’re not a good team offensively or defensively,” John Calipari said after the 95-72 win over the Falcons. The man is dead-on about the defensive end. The visitors shot 47.1 percent the first half and 39.7 for the game. Troran Brown score 30 points on 34 shots. The defense should improve. But will it improve by Nov. 12?

2. Too many turnovers. UK had 16 turnovers, compared to just 14 assists. Aaron Harrison was stellar, with seven assists and zero turnovers, especially considering he still handled some point guard even though Jarrod Polson got the start. But Polson had three turnovers, as did Julius Randle. The latter executed some eye-popping spin moves in the lane, but Calipari said afterward he wants to make sure that Randle isn’t trying to spin too much, and to the same side. “That’s going right on the scouting report,” he said.

3. “I think we’ll play big the bigger the game,” said Aaron Harrison when asked if the team was ready for the season opener on Friday night and the Nov. 12 matchup with No. 2 Michigan State in Chicago. Via his schedule, Calipari is force-feeding his baby-faced Cats in preparation for the Champions Classic clash in the Windy City. Harrison may be right. Exhibition games are often a struggle. The Cats have two real ones — UNC-Asheville on Friday, Northern Kentucky on Sunday — to work out some kinks before matching up with Tom Izzo and Company.

Kentucky-Montevallo action photo gallery from Herald-Leader

 

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