UK notes

Kentucky basketball notes: Teague just needs more time, Calipari says

jtipton@herald-leader.comNovember 23, 2011 

Freshman Marquis Teague needs time to become a better point guard, Kentucky Coach John Calipari said Tuesday.

"We've just got to get better acclimated with each other," he said of UK's freshman-oriented team. "I have to do a better job with Marquis Teague, getting him to have a better feel. Obviously, he's not understanding because he's not playing the way I want him to play, so that comes back to me. Because he's listening. He wants to do the right thing."

Through four games, Teague has more turnovers (18) than assists (11).

"He's got a ways to go," Calipari said. "He's turning it over way too much."

The UK coach said Teague was too often attempting a difficult play rather than accepting and making the routine pass.

"Just throw it to him," Calipari said. "Give it (up) early. One or two extra dribbles almost every pass. I've just got to coach him. He'll listen."

Miller to start?

Calipari suggested senior Darius Miller might start after scoring 13 points and handing out five assists against Old Dominion on Sunday.

"We went back to guys playing a passive game," Calipari said, a reference to some of Miller's teammates. "You know what? You won't be on the floor."

When asked if a starter would be OK with coming off the bench, Calipari said, "They all better be OK with coming off the bench. That's just how it is."

Zone buster

Calipari again acknowledged that ODU's zone was effective, in part, because Kentucky has not worked much in practice against zones.

Common opponent

Penn State beat Radford 62-46. UK beat Penn State 85-47. Radford lost to Marist 60-47. UK beat Marist 108-58.

"I don't know how much you read into that," UK's Terrence Jones said. "Each game is like a fingerprint. Each is completely different."

Jones noted that Radford played at Penn State, where the Nittany Lions exhibited more confidence.

After his team played Kentucky competitively, ODU Coach Blaine Taylor suggested that the game will serve as a better teaching tool for Calipari than the previous blowout victories. "If they take responsibility," Calipari said of his players. "If they look and say, 'I've got to get better.' As long as they understand that, then we're fine."

Radford's style

Calipari all but predicted Radford will play a similar style to Old Dominion. "If they watch tape, they'll try to be physical, play zone, hold the ball," the UK coach said.

But Radford's first-year coach, Mike Jones, an assistant on Virginia Commonwealth's Final Four team last season, said he wanted to use the game to further identify what he intends Highlander basketball to be.

Jones said he favors man-to-man defense, while mixing in some zone. As for holding the ball and milking the shot clock, the Radford coach said, "We like to play fast (and) get up and down the court."


■ Radford planned a five-hour bus ride Tuesday to get to Lexington from its Virginia home. The team plans to ride back home after the game, getting to campus at 3 a.m. or later. Jones noted that with no classes Thursday, the players can sleep in Thanksgiving Day.

■ Radford has been out-shot (42.8-37.6 percent) and committed more turnovers (92) than assists (66).

■ Dave Baker and Kyle Macy will call the game on Fox Sports South.

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