Highlights from Kentucky coach John Calipari and Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy from the SEC teleconference. Ole Miss plays at Kentucky Tuesday night at 6 on ESPNU:
(On Ole Miss)
Mississippi, Andy has them playing so well, they’re running their stuff, they’re executing, they’re playing through the people they need to. They’re playing zone, putting up a 1-3-1 and some halfcourt trap stuff. Players are playing their roles well.
(On Kentucky to this point in the season)
We should be a better defensive team than we are right now, but a lot of it is transition defense. How bout we sprint back? There are some things we can do to make us better. It’s not a skill set. The things people say are our weaknesses we can change.
The biggest concern for us is their size. We’re not overly big in the backcourt, and they’ve got a lot of size. They present a number of issues with their size and versatility. The Harrison twins are starting to play with much more confidence. James Young is as prolific a scorer as I can remember. They’ve got size, athleticism and the ability to make shots.
(On Kentucky freshman Julius Randle)
His overall game is what sticks out to me. He’s very physically strong and just attacks the ball. Great players are always around the ball. He’s facing up and making shots on the perimeter. Hopefully we can get him off his path. If you allow him to get to that left hand and have a straight path to the basket there will be very little you can do.