With only 8 players, Kentucky rolls
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.
The school announced Monday that Jones was taken for an MRI in Detroit, and he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of a rib, which was causing the shoulder pain. He is expected to be available once the Wildcats begin individual workouts in about a month.
Kentucky used its full-court pressure defense to turn a close game into a blowout quickly, forcing 27 turnovers.
"They were coming at us the entire game," Western guard Ryan Barbeau said. "We don't see that [often]. They just kept coming and coming."
The Wildcats led by five points with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half, then turned it into 23-point lead 7 minutes into the second half.
"I thought in the first half we got out-scrapped so I was going nuts," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "You can't play [at Kentucky] and be that way so I told them at halftime, 'If that guy is getting the best of you should he be on this team and you be on that team? Are we being real? He's beating you.' The second half I thought they came out and competed. They're learning how hard we're going to play."
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."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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