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Before he headed for a day-of-the-game shootaround Tuesday, Kentucky Coach John Calipari predicted Washington will target its defense to contain freshman forward Terrence Jones in the EA Sports Maui Invitational second-rounder later that day.
“They’re going to go after him, be physical with him,” Calipari said. “He’ll have to be ready for it.”
Calipari noted that Portland had success by putting muscle on Jones, who had 12 points and five rebounds against the Pilots last Friday.
“He wasn’t ready for physical play at Portland,” Calipari said. “I told (Jones), these dudes (from Washington) are going to try to kill you.”
In UK’s other two games, Jones scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against East Tennessee State to become the first freshman since 1979-80 to score 20 or more points and grab 10 or more rebounds in his debut.
Then against Oklahoma in Monday’s first round, Jones equalled the second-highest point total for a UK freshman with 29.