Switch to zone paves way for Kansas comeback against Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari had just finished talking extensively — about how he felt his young Kentucky team was “out-toughed” by Kansas and not where it needed to be defensively in a 79-73 loss — when he noticed his counterpart holding court with a couple of reporters in a hallway in the bowels of Rupp Arena.

Calipari tapped Jayhawks coach Bill Self on the left shoulder, wishing Self a safe trip back to Kansas. “Great job,” Calipari said.

And Self went back to answering the question at hand, a question that was worth asking Calipari as well had he lingered just a second longer: Was Self surprised at how effective Kansas’s zone was against Kentucky’s explosive offense?

“Yeah, I was,” Self said. “We don’t play it.”

But the Jayhawks do practice it quite a bit. They work on their standard 2-3 zone, which they utilized Saturday against Kentucky after facing an early 12-point deficit, and also their triangle-and-two, which they played for a few possessions, too.

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Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/big12/2017/01/28/kansas-jayhawks-zone-defense-kentucky-wildcats-big-12-sec-challenge/97203316/

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