‘Better execution team’ will win Saturday’s UK-North Carolina matchup

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)


Most teams playing Kentucky figure to try and slow John Calipari’s team down and keep De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and others from scoring in transition.

Not North Carolina when the teams play Saturday in Las Vegas.

“I think both of us will be trying to slow down the other team as far as ‘get back.’ You’ll hear him (Roy Williams say), ‘Get back!’ And you’ll hear me, ‘Get back!’ We’ll both be yelling that probably 100 times a half,” Calipari said Thursday.

“They’re fast. We’re fast. It probably will come down to, if you don’t get it quickly, who’s the better execution team? They’ve got juniors and seniors and older players and we’re playing freshmen. So, you tell me.

“So we’re gonna have to figure out how to be efficient. The game we lost (to UCLA) it was one-on-one basketball. The synergy you need – alright, they stopped us; now we gotta play. Now we gotta create for each other. We weren’t ready for that. Hopefully we’re a little more ready this time.”

Freshman Bam Adebayo thinks Kentucky will be ready.

“Cal just telling us take every game serious and every moment serious because you can never get those moments back,” Adebayo said. “We take every game the same. We come out with the same energy, the same intensity. We just play hard throughout every game.

“We’re working on everything. We’ve just gotta let the pieces fall together and we gotta get better. We take every game as serious. We just go out there, play hard and just see where the ball goes.”

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  1. One of the most significant aspects of this year’s UK game is its pace. Not since the days of Pitino on the bench did a UK team average 79 possessions per game. No Tubby team did it, no Gillispie team did it, and no Calipari team did it, until this year.

    Over the years, UNC has played at a tempo about 5 possessions per game higher than UK, year in and year out.

    But not this year. So far this season, UK’s 79 possession pace is between 4 and 5 possessions faster than UNC’s season pace of about 74.5 possessions per game.

    I want to see this team maintain their fast tempo tomorrow against this UNC team.

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