LEXINGTON - If Jodie Meeks starts making as many shots Wednesday as he did in his school-record 54-point game at Tennessee, he'll likely see a gimmick defense from Auburn.
Coach Jeff Lebo said he's used a box-and-one defense before at Auburn against a prolific scorer like Meeks has turned into.
"The junk defenses are what they are aptly named. They are junk. They don't work against everybody," said Lebo Monday. "Against him at times, if he is really going off like the Tennessee game, I would have played a triangle and two and put two guys on him. But I don't think you can live in those things."
Neither does Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie even though he's been preparing his team to see a gimmick defense because of the way Meeks has been scoring. He's fourth nationally in scoring average at 25.7 points per game, fifth in the nation in 3-point goals made with 70 and leads the Southeastern Conference in free throw percentage at 90.8. He was named SEC Player of the Week for the third time this season this week.