Matthew Mitchell claims he's been too busy to make a Christmas wish list.
But the Kentucky coach made it clear Monday one of his holiday hopes is to see his team turn up its defensive intensity.
"The main thing that I really would like to see is a tremendous commitment to the defensive end by our team and work as hard as we can to have our best outing yet from a pressure standpoint," Mitchell said.
It could mean a long night for still winless Arkansas Pine Bluff on Tuesday.
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The Golden Lions (0-7) are not known for their offensive prowess, averaging just 47 points a game, which makes them 325th out of 332 Division I schools through Sunday's games.
They're also not known for their ball protection, with only six schools in the country taking poorer care of the ball than Arkansas Pine Bluff, which averages 24.8 turnovers a game.
On the flip side, 11th-ranked Kentucky leads the Southeastern Conference and is 20th in the nation in steals. The Cats force 26.1 turnovers a game and only turn the ball over 17 times a game on average.
On paper it looks like a cruise control game for Kentucky (8-1), which has won 22 straight games at Memorial Coliseum.
But Mitchell cautioned his team against mentally leaving early for the holiday break. He's grading them on their ability to apply pressure.
"As we get closer to conference play, I just know our commitment to defense has to be there and I don't think that's something you just turn on because SEC time is here," he said. "Tomorrow night I'll be measuring our commitment level."
The holidays won't be nearly as merry for the players if they don't get a big win on Tuesday, the coach said.
"They'll feel much better about themselves if they play at their best."