By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky’s 22-point loss at Florida left a lot of disturbing questions for UK fans — and coach John Calipari as well.
The Cats seem to lack an on-court leader
“It’s kind of like hard to make the club in the tub. If you’re not playing well, it’s hard to say something. So we have a lot of guys that aren’t playing real well right now,” Calipari said.
“But, look, I’m going to go back to this: Florida outplayed us, outcoached us. They did everything sideways. It was a great environment. The new building looks great. They deserved to win. They wanted it worse than we wanted it, or at least it appeared that way.”
Calipari said he had little to say to his team after the game. Of course, what could he say after the way UK got dominated.
” I just said, hey, either you’ll get back to work and we’ll do this – I said I’m not crackin’. I’ve been doing this 30 years. I’ve seen everything. So, I’ll go back to figuring out what I have to do to coach them. Like I said, I’m not crackin’. I don’t know if anybody in here is, but I told a couple guys you’re not playing well,” Calipari said. “You gotta play better. And part of that is you’re trying to do stuff you don’t need to do.
“Sometimes you gotta hit bottom, and maybe we have hit bottom, maybe we haven’t hit bottom. But I knew after Tennessee we had an issue. I said, ‘You’re going to lose the next two or three if you don’t change.
“We’re not passing the ball, we’re turning it over, we’re making hard plays, we’re making cute plays. We kind of got away, and we gotta get it back. At the end of the day, we know how they can play because we’ve all seen it. Now we see them at their worst. OK, now it’s a choice: do you want to be at your worst, do you want to be at your best?”