Wildcats Step Up Defense in Canada
WINDSOR, Ontario – Kentucky won its second exhibition game in Canada despite having a limited roster.
The Wildcats, with just eight players available Monday night, still managed to turn up the defensive pressure in a 96-68 victory over Western (Ontario) University.
Kentucky started its three-day, three-game exhibition tour without 6-foot-11 forwards Enes Kanter (awaiting NCAA clearance) and Eloy Vargas (academics). Forward Terrence Jones, a 6-8 freshman, scored four points in the first half of Sunday's opening win over Windsor but left after seeming to aggravate a shoulder injury. Without Jones, who was on the bench in street clothes, the Wildcats had no player taller than 6-7.
Freshman Doron Lamb led Kentucky with 24 points, while Darius Miller added 20 and freshman Brandon Knight had 17 points and 12 assists. Knight had 31 points on Sunday.
Kentucky used its full-court pressure defense to turn a close game into a blowout quickly, forcing 27 turnovers.
Coach John Calipari is getting a two month head start on the season with the foreign exhibition trip and the 10 days of practice that accompanies it.
"I work on being able to be an attacking team offensively and what happens by teaching that is they have to learn to guard the ball," Calipari said. "When your entire team can guard the ball then you become a pretty good defensive team. That's what we do defensively."
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