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John Calipari: “It’s postseason. That’s what we play for.”

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By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will play its fourth neutral site game of the season Saturday afternoon when it takes on North Carolina in Las Vegas.

Since John Calipari took over at Kentucky, he has liked neutral site games because of how those games help a team prepare for postseason play

“Obviously we’re going to end up with 10 road games. When I was at UMass we played 27 games away from home because I was nuts and I was 33 years old or 34 or whatever I was and didn’t care. Did you hear what I just said? Never in the history of the NCAA has any team played 27 games away from home. We did,” Calipari said.

“I like all home games now as I get older, and we’re still going to play road games. But, the neutral game – one, like it’s the television of it, and two it’s postseason. And what I care about is postseason here. It’s not game to game. It’s postseason. That’s what we play for. That’s why, again, we’ve done pretty well postseason the last seven years.

“One year, Nerlens (Noel) gets hurt and it kind of changes direction, but that’s what we’re playing for. In postseason you don’t go on an opponent’s court in front of 19, 20 thousand people going nuts, drunk, screaming, yelling and that’s who wins, who loses. Obviously, you’ve gotta play some road games to get some home games. I’d like to play our league road games and that’s it, but can’t do it.”

2 comments

  1. TheProfessor

    It is the post season that matters here, and the regular season is how top teams purchase their seat selections for that post season trip. To get a #1 seed (seat) this year, UK must beat 2 of the three big games left, today against UNC, at Louisville next week, and against Kansas at the end of January. Today is a huge game for the Cats for that reason.

  2. Mike

    Rebounding is my biggest concern about today’s game and probably moving forward as well. We have the length and athleticism but not sure of the “will” to do it consistently.
    We clearly lost to a better team in UCLA and could do same today. My biggest player disappointment to date is Isaac. He clearly had some good pre season hype but hasn’t lived up to it yet. Good Luck Cats!!

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