LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky held off Missouri Saturday for a big road win but the Cats' transition defense needs work. Missouri ended the game with 18 fast break points.
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua filled in for John Calipari at Monday's news conference. "It takes more time, particularly the way we want to defend." said Antigua. "Obviously we have to do a better job in trying to get back in transition defense, and have teams try to score against our length and our size. We're doing a better job and we're going to try to continue to do that."
The Cats need to get back quickly and then communicate. "Just think it's something we have to figure out." said freshman Marcus Lee. "How to talk and as we're running back to figure out how to get the ball stopped, so we can get back into our defense. Because once we get into our defense, we're pretty good."
Freshman Andrew Harrison said the Cats can do it if they want to. "It has nothing to do with our talent or our skill or anything like that, it's just being aware, and just wanting to do it. said It's just a matter of sprinting back and just having the want to, to sprint back and be a defensive team."
Kentucky returns home to play Ole Miss Tuesday night. TIpoff will be at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNU.