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By LARRY VAUGHT
Vanderbilt gave Kentucky some problems the second half with its zone defense on a night when UK was having trouble making 3-point shots.
â€œThe zone was troublesome I would say,â€ Calipari admitted. â€œNormallly we make more shots and itâ€™s hard for teams to stay in a zone. But I could not get Doron to take a shot. I took him out and said, â€˜If you are not going to shoot, you are not going back on the court. Your job is to shoot.â€™ He and Darius (Miller) have to shoot for us.â€
Kentucky built a big first-half lead against Vanderbiltâ€™s man-to-man defense.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t have gone to it any sooner,â€ Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. â€œWe went to it in the first half and they dunked on us. The zone was good to us in the second half.â€
Lamb did confirm that Claipari had to tell him to shoot. But it was not a case of him being afraid to shoot.
â€œHe said I had a wide-open shot and did not take it. I thought it was not open,â€ Lamb said. â€œI got back in and hit two big 3â€™s.â€
Lamb said there have only been a â€œcouple of timesâ€ when Calipari has had to tell him to shoot.
â€œHeâ€™s told me a couple of times I was not shooting enough,â€ Lamb said. â€œNow I know if I am open, always shoot it.â€
No confusion: Vanderbiltâ€™s unusual team bench arrangement that has players and coaches sitting on the end of the court rather than the sidelnes can pose problems for freshmen point guards like Marquis Teague.
â€œIt was hard to communicate. I knew it would be,â€ Calipari said. â€œI told Marquis Teague that any time he was confused to just pick and roll, so that is what he did.â€