Contain Julius Randle: We must limit Randle's touches and force the ball elsewhere. Be physical against him and see if you can get him to catch it off the block. This forces Randle to put the ball on the floor, where he can be stripped and ripped, rather than in the post where he's most comfortable.
When he does catch it deep, you must mix up doubling him on the catch and on the bounce. Doing so will keep him off balance and not allow him to get into any kind of rhythm.
Force Kentucky to take 3-pointers: Build a wall defensively and make the young Wildcats beat you from the perimeter. Baylor did it with zone, which we will implement at times Saturday. We'll also use a helping, hedging man-to-man. Andrew Harrison (38 percent from 3-point range) and James Young (34 percent) are solid deep shooters, but let's tempt anyone else from the outside. It should look like all five defenders are holding hands and playing red rover. And when Andrew Harrison drives, slide your feet and cut him off.
Keep the Wildcats off the offensive glass: The most important factor in whether we win or lose will come on the boards. We gave up 21 offensive rebounds in a loss against UAB, and that can't happen again. It's such a boost to an offense's energy and confidence, especially for a young team like Kentucky. If we can keep them off the glass -- offensively and defensively -- we have a serious chance to win.