By LARRY VAUGHT
Florida has a new coach in Mike White but a look much like what the Gators had under former coach Billy Donovan, who won two national titles at Florida and is now coaching in the NBA.
“He probably went in and said, ‘You know what? A lot of this stuff is really good and worked. If it’s good for those players.’ And he knows Billy was a really good coach,” Calipari said Friday. “A lot of the stuff is some of the same thing and actions.
“Defensively and rebounding, the stuff he’s doing is old school. They’re doing a little phantom press, but the rest of the stuff is in the half-court. (Florida) is giving you one tough shot. If you think you’re driving it, then you’re driving it on five. It you think you’re posting it, swinging the ball and driving, then you’re doing it on five. They all rebound.
“He’s doing a good job. I think now they’re buying in. They’re building their confidence. We’re playing a team that’s playing as well as they’ve played all year.”
Florida has won five of its last six games going into Saturday’s game at 4 p.m.
So how does Kentucky win?
“You have to make extra passes, screen them more, and I hate to say this, but you have to make some shots. Not some 3’s, but some 15-footers,” Calipari said. “You have to get your drives off of handoffs and pin-downs and different things while they’re still playing.
“Every bounce of the ball they get closer to the lane. Now you try to go and they have five guys in there, each with a foot in the lane.”