John Calipari says he expects Indiana coach Tom Crean to use a similar game plan to the one that led to Kentucky losing to the Hoosiers in December.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky and Indiana are two different teams from the ones that met on December 10, 2011 in Bloomington. That's what UK's John Calipari and IU's Tom Crean are saying about their teams as they prepare to meet again Friday night in the South Regional semifinals in Atlanta.
The Hoosiers are without point guard Verdell Jones, who was lost to injury in the Big Ten tournament. The Cats' Jones, Terrence, has been a model of consistency for the last two months, which wasn't the case when Kentucky and Indiana met in December. In the first meeting, Jones turned it over six times and the Hoosiers held him to just three shots.
Kentucky's buzzer-beater loss in Bloomington saw Anthony Davis limited to 24 minutes due to foul trouble and finished the game with six points and nine rebounds.
The Cats were carried by Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague. Lamb scored 19. Kidd-Gilchrist hit 9 of 12 shots, scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
After a bad first half, Teague scored all 15 of his points in the second half and didn't commit a single turnover in the final 20 minutes.
While four months may have passed since the two last met, and the teams may be different, Coach Cal expects Crean's club to use a similar strategy in the Sweet 16 Friday night - focus on negating UK's post players (Davis and Jones) and take its chances with the rest of the roster.