As soon as John Calipari brought his team together for its first practice, he saw the potential for Kentucky to terrorize opponents with its rare cross of size and athleticism.
But as enticing as the possibility was, the concept was completely foreign to the players who would be executing it.
“Once I got here I wasn't really familiar with it because I was just used to face-guarding the guy all the time,” James Young said. “So it took us some time to get used to it but we're getting better at it.”
That improvement was on display as No. 11/10 UK (8-2) stifled Boise State — previously the nation's second-highest scoring team — in a 70-55 victory in Rupp Arena. Playing primarily a four-guard lineup, the Broncos (8-1) shot just 22 of 69 (31.9 percent) from the field on Tuesday night, including 22.9 percent in the second half.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 22, 1969, Dan Issel joined the 1,000-point club. He did it in 49 games.