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SCOUTS' TAKE: UCONN VS. KENTUCKY
TIM LAYDEN
April 04, 2011
A matchup of two storied programs (nine titles combined) and several future NBA first-round picks will produce plenty of points
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April 04, 2011

Scouts' Take: Uconn Vs. Kentucky

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Their offense is personnel-based: They've got a handful of plays, and they're pretty simple. Freshman point guard Brandon Knight is the key. You can't let him get open looks. You need to take away his jumper, his three-point attempts, and force him left. They've struggled offensively when he struggles. They also like to drive the ball in the middle. DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller and Terrence Jones—they want to get in the lane. You have to keep them from driving and keep Josh Harrellson off the boards.

ATTACKING THE WILDCATS' DEFENSE

Their defense is underrated. They have so much length and they're so athletic that they can really make up for mistakes and contest shots. They also like closing up the driving lanes. Harrellson is a really good post defender because he's so physical. You need ball movement and good screening, because they don't switch on ball screens very often. That's the best way to get clean looks.

X-FACTOR

Miller. He can play the three or the four. He was the MVP of the SEC tournament. He can get you 20 points [though he has averaged only 7.0 over the last three games]. He's been shooting it great from three. And he can get key offensive rebounds and buckets in the lane.

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