James Young says defense will be the key

INDIANAPOLIS — Freshman swingman James Young, who had such a big game in last Sunday’s win over Wichita State, said the biggest key for Kentucky on Friday night will be defense and having a lot of energy on defense.

During UK’s interview period inside the locker room, Young said he thinks UK is a much better defensive team than the one that beat Louisville 73-66 back in December at Rupp Arena. “We’ve got a lot more energy on defense,” he said.

Young had 10 rebounds in that first UK-U of L meeting. After grabbing 10 boards the next game against Mississippi State, Young didn’ t have more than seven rebounds in a game until the Wichita State game, when he grabbed eight.

How is UK better offensively than earlier in the year? “We share the ball a lot more,” he said.

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