Six offensive fouls a first for John Calipari

John Calipari walks off after Saturday's loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari walks off after Saturday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. John, their depth, I think they were 18-7 in bench points. Do you feel like their depth made a difference tonight?
JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah, but we had — and, again, we’re normally the most efficient offensive team in the country. There’s two things that happened. We had six offensive fouls. I don’t know if in my career I’ve had a team have six offensive fouls. Then we couldn’t make open shots so we have 8 assists. Like all these open shots we missed. We missed a ton of really good shots.

But these kids aren’t machines. They’re not computers. Stuff happens and you try to figure it out. We got it to a three-point game with a couple chances to win the game. What I don’t want to do is take away from what Indiana did. Indiana — they played every kid on that court, gave everything they had they deserved to win this game. We didn’t play our best, but maybe it’s because of them that we didn’t play our best. We missed a ton of open shots we normally don’t miss. Normally this would be 15 assists and 10 turnovers. This is 8 assists and 15 turnovers, but let me remind you, 6 of those were offensive fouls. Tyler had a few that he normally doesn’t get, Isaiah had a couple that he was a little bit out of control, but…

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  1. First off , I take my hat off to Ulis and Murray for a tremendous year. Willis developed nicely, but a real no show yesterday. Lee, is an enigma. maybe someone can help him cultivate an inch of offensive skill. He doesn’t seem any better than the first day he walked in here. He is a liability on the offensive end . Unless its an alley opp , you can’t even pass to him. Alex, well as much as he seems to be a very nice person, its almost a relief its come to an end . The expectation of his firepower was exhausting. I believe his knee injury was more bothersome than anyone let on. He really at times seemed to lack the explosion around the rim, alas a lot of blocked shots against him. Good luck Alex. Skal, who knows. Good Skal bad Skal. He played his age instead of playing older, which is what UK depends on recruiting high level players. The lack of anything significant underneath the hoop yesterday really put way to much pressure on the guards. UK’s bigs were not up to any challenge yesterday. Where did the Hump go? Sometimes I wonder about UK’s ability to execute on offense in the paint. Last year I thought Towns who could’t be stopped was under utilized against Wisconsin, and UK had another game in the tourney Willie Cauley Stein was matched up against a guy in the Notre dame game 6 inches shorter and UK could’t exploit it. Yesterday Poythress got a pass with Yogi Ferrel on him 4 feet from the hoop and kicked it out. Why ? Thats a matchup made in heaven . Damn near a foot taller. I see Cal as developing guards maybe second to none. I am not convinced his strong suit is prepping big men.

  2. A very disappointing loss after a very disappointing year. We had more highs than lows but we really stunk it up when we had those lows. None of the bigs ever got developed or showed improvement thru the year. This is on Cal and Payne. I question if Cal even had a game plan yesterday. IU came out believing they were going to win and Crean was as animated as ever and has his guys buying in. Cal seemed to be flat the whole game and his players played to that level. There were certainly no adjustmenst made at halftime. Why hasn’t Willis been starting and why didn’t Cal try and get him more involved than he did yesterday? Indiana was the better team yesterday and deserved the W. We had too many cart riders which has been the case most of the year. We all love Cal’s recruiting but many question his in game coaching strategies, and I am wondering as well. Hard to imagine all of the star power coming thru system during Cal’s tenure here but the results have been under achieved..

  3. He didn’t seem to engaged yesterday, but if he jumped up and down more I don’t see UK making more shots

    1. Agree……he didn’t look like a coach that was putting everything out there to move on. Looking back on the season, he would continue to mention players that weren’t playing to their best ability after many games but continue to play them when he could have been developing Mulder, Matthews, and Hump. We really had no front line this year nor any bench either. Was thinking this morning about how many other coaches out there could have done a better job with our talent the last few years.

  4. I am so sorry we lost. But, I want to thank all of the coaches and wonderful young men for the efforts they gave to get us where they did. I had the time of my life in college; but, I don’t know if I could have dealt with classes, practices, traveling, getting dogged by media and “supporters.”

    Thanks guys for a job well done. I am sorry we lost; but, as I have gotten older I have figured out there are many things more tragic than losing a basketball game – cancer, death, loss of friends, hunger in the nation. And, I can be criticized for so many things that I certainly don’t want to criticize anyone else.

    1. Well put Sarah White

  5. Scwhite9 I like your comments. I don’t get it when some of our fans get so brittle over a loss. Life goes on, we can’t win them all that’s what March madness is about don’t know what to expect. We been to the final 4 out of last 6 years and I don’t think any team can match that record. I love my Cats regardless win or lose we will see you next season. Go Cats!

    1. Amen to that Cats79

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