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Communication keys defense in Kentucky win over Boise State

At it’s first practice, John Calipari saw the potential for Kentucky to terrorize opponents with its rare cross of size and athleticism.

John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown |

– photo by Tammie Brown |

As soon as John Calipari brought his team together for its first practice, he saw the potential for to terrorize opponents with its rare cross of size and athleticism.

With a 6-foot-6 point guard in and a fleet-footed 7-footer in manning the five, he knew there would be times the Wildcats could switch everything.

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,” 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 (8-2) stifled — 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.

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