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    Pearl previews Kentucky at Auburn

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    After some of the struggles he's had career-wise in recent years, I love the way Auburn coach Bruce Pearl analyzed his team dropping from No. 8 to 10th in the recent Associated Press poll after losing a home game to Texas A&M.

    “Auburn drops to 10. I’ve been working so hard to maybe wake up in the morning and read the front page that says ‘Auburn drops to 10’. That’s great," Pearl said Monday.

    Auburn hosts Kentucky Wednesday night. The Tigers already lead the SEC and drop UK below .500 in the SEC if they beat Kentucky.

    The Tigers bounced back from the home loss to Texas A&M by winning at Georgia Saturday even though leading scorer/top defender Bryce Brown did not play because of an ankle injury.

    "I’m really proud of our guys for Saturday. A lot of it is because I have a lot of respect for their program and their talent. They’re on the bubble when we go over there. We have eight guys, and seven when Desean Murray gets a full body cramp in the second half. Jared [Harper] was brilliant. Mustapha [Heron] has that next-level ability, and he’s doing it on both ends. Davion Mitchell’s defense was just incredible," Pearl said.

    Pearl said Monday he didn't know "all the particulars" about Kentucky other than coach John Calipari had six McDonald's All-Americans and Auburn has none.

    He also defended Kentucky from some criticism the Cats have been getting this year with six league losses and eight losses overall.

    "A couple of things that are misunderstood about Kentucky is they’re a big target and they’re easy to criticize because they are the chosen, but they play hard," Pearl said. "Kentucky kids play hard. When I say that, I mean they play harder than some of the other teams in our league."

    Okay Bruce. Enough is enough. Kentucky can play well at times and hard at times, but has not done either consistently. And even coach John Calipari has talked about his team's lack of effort.

    What else about UK?

    "They are really long, and we’ve been bothered by teams like Texas A&M and Alabama who do a great job with using their length. We’ll have those kind of challenges," the Auburn coach said.

    "How much do you extend and make Kentucky better? At the same time, if we don’t extend and let them get close to the basket, they’re going to be really good. I’m really impressed with [Shai] Gilgeous-Alexander. In my mind with going through the league, Alexander and Jared are the top guards in the league.

    "He’s [Gilgeous-Alexander] is really good. He’s really good in the ball screen, play making outside of the ball screen and it’s just going to be a tough cover for us.”

    Pearl hopes Brown can play against Kentucky. He was going to go through limited practice Monday with no contact.

    "He’s moving a little bit, so he has a better chance to play on Wednesday than he did on Saturday," Pearl said Monday. “If he can have contact tomorrow, if he can hit tomorrow, he will play Wednesday. For me, the dunking wouldn’t be the issue. It would be defensively like if he gets it thrown back again, how he’ll feel. He has to be able to play.”

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    Re: Pearl previews Kentucky at Auburn

    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell KSR View Post
    By LARRY VAUGHT

    After some of the struggles he's had career-wise in recent years, I love the way Auburn coach Bruce Pearl analyzed his team dropping from No. 8 to 10th in the recent Associated Press poll after losing a home game to Texas A&M.

    “Auburn drops to 10. I’ve been working so hard to maybe wake up in the morning and read the front page that says ‘Auburn drops to 10’. That’s great," Pearl said Monday.

    Auburn hosts Kentucky Wednesday night. The Tigers already lead the SEC and drop UK below .500 in the SEC if they beat Kentucky.

    The Tigers bounced back from the home loss to Texas A&M by winning at Georgia Saturday even though leading scorer/top defender Bryce Brown did not play because of an ankle injury.

    "I’m really proud of our guys for Saturday. A lot of it is because I have a lot of respect for their program and their talent. They’re on the bubble when we go over there. We have eight guys, and seven when Desean Murray gets a full body cramp in the second half. Jared [Harper] was brilliant. Mustapha [Heron] has that next-level ability, and he’s doing it on both ends. Davion Mitchell’s defense was just incredible," Pearl said.

    Pearl said Monday he didn't know "all the particulars" about Kentucky other than coach John Calipari had six McDonald's All-Americans and Auburn has none.

    He also defended Kentucky from some criticism the Cats have been getting this year with six league losses and eight losses overall.

    "A couple of things that are misunderstood about Kentucky is they’re a big target and they’re easy to criticize because they are the chosen, but they play hard," Pearl said. "Kentucky kids play hard. When I say that, I mean they play harder than some of the other teams in our league."

    Okay Bruce. Enough is enough. Kentucky can play well at times and hard at times, but has not done either consistently. And even coach John Calipari has talked about his team's lack of effort.

    What else about UK?

    "They are really long, and we’ve been bothered by teams like Texas A&M and Alabama who do a great job with using their length. We’ll have those kind of challenges," the Auburn coach said.

    "How much do you extend and make Kentucky better? At the same time, if we don’t extend and let them get close to the basket, they’re going to be really good. I’m really impressed with [Shai] Gilgeous-Alexander. In my mind with going through the league, Alexander and Jared are the top guards in the league.

    "He’s [Gilgeous-Alexander] is really good. He’s really good in the ball screen, play making outside of the ball screen and it’s just going to be a tough cover for us.”

    Pearl hopes Brown can play against Kentucky. He was going to go through limited practice Monday with no contact.

    "He’s moving a little bit, so he has a better chance to play on Wednesday than he did on Saturday," Pearl said Monday. “If he can have contact tomorrow, if he can hit tomorrow, he will play Wednesday. For me, the dunking wouldn’t be the issue. It would be defensively like if he gets it thrown back again, how he’ll feel. He has to be able to play.”
    At the expense of repeating what someone else on this board has already said, the above if Red is part of the problem. That has been the majority of our offense lately (especially as the game progresses) and everyone has figured it out. I am just repeating others at this point, but this team plays better fast. If that means press, run, etc. I am not sure you can do that against Auburn. Not a good match up for us, IMO.

    Peace

    Richard (CW)

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    Re: Pearl previews Kentucky at Auburn

    It's been the book on UK for about as long as I can remember, at least since the 78 title team:

    --Don't let them get out in transition;
    --Make them play a half-court game;
    --Sag and make them make outside shots.

    UK wins when they can beat you in the halfcourt just like they can beat you in transition. This team hasn't figured out how to do that yet. If they do, that's when they'll have a chance in the post-season.
    All I did was stand up to a long laundry list of people who passed away today who couldn't stand up because what was done was wrong.--RP, 8/26/09

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    Re: Pearl previews Kentucky at Auburn

    Quote Originally Posted by KSRBEvans View Post
    It's been the book on UK for about as long as I can remember, at least since the 78 title team:

    --Don't let them get out in transition;
    --Make them play a half-court game;
    --Sag and make them make outside shots.

    UK wins when they can beat you in the halfcourt just like they can beat you in transition. This team hasn't figured out how to do that yet. If they do, that's when they'll have a chance in the post-season.
    That is the basic book on beating anyone.

    Why does the NBA use the screen play so much? It’s nearly impossible to properly defend.

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    Re: Pearl previews Kentucky at Auburn

    Ball screening is the offense of choice at higher levels.
    Speed and space is the go to as well.
    UK has really struggled with ball screens for quite some time, especially with no shot blocker to protect the rim. Cal's best team has shot blockers and this year that is iffy which magnifies our ball screen defense and straight line drives.

    The issue with SGA using ball screens, is that he is more of a deliberate user of the ball screen and looks for angles rather than punishing drives. This deliberateness creates a lot of standing around. This causes us to get stagnant.

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