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Cal to centers: defend pick-and-roll or sit

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Kentucky Coach John Calipari issued a challenge to centers Josh Harrellson and Eloy Vargas: defend the pick-and-roll play properly or sit on the bench.

In talking to reporters before Tuesday morning’s shootaround, Calipari again noted how well — and often — Oklahoma ran pick-and-roll plays against Kentucky on Monday. A big man picked for a guard, and then rolled to the basket.

Calipari repeated replaced Harrellson and Vargas — and vice versa — against Oklahoma in search of better defense.

“Do we go small?” Calipari said of the possible options.

It seemed clear the UK coach sees good defense by the centers as the best option.

“If you can’t help us on the pick-and-roll, you can’t be on the floor,” Calipari said. “It’s not that hard.”

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