Notes: Cats zone out on inbounds plays

Calipari glad Gators only scored four times

jtipton@herald-leader.comFebruary 27, 2011 

Not once, not twice, not thrice but four times Florida scored on inbounds plays against Kentucky on Saturday.

When asked after UK's 76-68 victory what happened, Coach John Calipari said, "I don't know. I'll watch the tape and probably punch the TV."

Calipari noted that freshman Doron Lamb missed an assignment to stay between Florida's Chandler Parsons and the basket. "Parsons cuts to the rim and (Lamb) doesn't guard him," the UK coach said, "and I'm, like, you have to be kidding me."

Parsons twice scored off inbounds passes. Another time he shot free throws when fouled after taking the inbounds pass.

Kenny Boynton, who led Florida with 21 points, also hit a three-pointer after a quick exchange of passes with Parsons, who was the inbounds man in that instance.

"If they could have taken it out about 15 more times, they probably could have won the game," Calipari quipped. "Because they were scoring every time on out-of-bounds plays. I almost went zone."

Diversity foils Florida

Florida Coach Billy Donovan focused his defensive plan on containing UK's two leading scorers, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones.

"We did a pretty good job," Donovan said after Knight and Jones combined for 24 points. "But (Josh) Harrellson, I thought, did a great job on offensive rebounding (six). I thought (Darius) Miller gave them a great lift scoring."

Boynton also noted how players like Harrellson, Miller, DeAndre Liggins and Lamb made a difference.

"They hit big shots," he said. "All of those guys: Liggins, Lamb and Miller."

Two-man game

To stretch his bench in the closing minutes of the first half, Calipari substituted for offense and defense with Lamb and Jon Hood, respectively. Lamb, who picked up his second foul with 7:16 left in the half, could concentrate on offense and not be as likely to pick up a third foul.

"I didn't feel comfortable not having him in our offense," Calipari said of Lamb. "... I thought Jon Hood did fine."

Cal's 500th victory

Before players and coaches left the court, UK recognized the game as Calipari's 500th coaching victory.

Or was it?

As part of the penalties against Calipari's Memphis team of 2007-08, the NCAA ordered the team's 38 victories from that season be stricken from the record.

In an earlier ruling, the NCAA ordered Calipari-coached Massachusetts to vacate the four victories it had in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

So did Calipari win his 500th game as a college head coach Saturday. Or was it his 458th?

The Associated Press policy in this instance calls for stories to note the 500th victory but also includes a brief explanation of victories that had to be vacated.

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said he had been notified "by a rival school" before the Cats played Tennessee that the school's Web site did not reflect the Calipari victories that should have been stricken from the record.

Peevy said he had sent an e-mail seeking guidance from Jim Wright, one of the persons in charge of official statistics for the NCAA. As of Saturday night, there had not yet been a reply, Peevy said.

Calipari downplayed the career significance of the victory, whatever the official number is.

"All I was worried about was No. 20," he said of this season's victory total for Kentucky. "That's all I was worried about. ... You coach long enough and you survive ... you win some ball games.

"But I appreciate all the players and staff that I've had."

Family affair

For the first time this season, Terrence Jones' mother, Linda, his aunt, Ava, and his sister, Ashley, attended a home game.

When asked if his early foul trouble might have been disappointing for his family, Jones said, "My mom's a winner. She cares more about the win than personal goals."

His aunt Ava probably wanted to see her nephew score more, Jones said with a smile. He had scored double-figure points in seven straight games and 19 of the previous 20.

The family plans to also attend Tuesday's Senior Night game against Vanderbilt.


Knight, who played 43 minutes at Arkansas on Wednesday, got practically a night off by playing "only" 37 minutes against Florida. "(The rest) helps me mentally and physically," he said. Knight had no turnovers. ... Harrellson's 12 rebounds gave him 26 in the last two games. He's averaging 10.2 rebounds the last five games.

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