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John Calipari: “We’ll be fine.”

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is everything that Kentucky coach John Calipari said on the podium after Friday night’s win over Northern Kentucky (it was short and sweet).

Q. John, what did you think of your team’s performance in light of the SEC tournament seemed to be an uptick?
COACH CALIPARI: We’ll be fine. I mean, you get up 18 and, you know, again, it’s 1:30 in the morning, and we’re playing. And then you have to give Northern credit. The thing they did all season is make 3s. And what I said at halftime, the one thing I’m worried about is they missed a bunch of 3s that they normally make, or the game would have been closer. And then late in the game, they made them all. So they made the game close.

Hat’s off to John and the job he’s done at Northern and their program and school and, you know, it was — the first one under the belt. We’ll be fine. I mean, we know how tough the next opponent is. Wichita is tough physically. Veterans, they play hard. They’re a very, very talented team, and we know that, and we’re going to have to play better to be in the game with them.

Q. What about Bam’s performance? How much did he sort of get you guys over the hump?
COACH CALIPARI: Well, again, what’s great about him is he’s making free throws. And our whole thing was we’re going at him. We knew they’d trap, which they did.

But he still ended up getting balls, and they fouled him. Just the stuff down the stretch. You know we use clock. We grind it out. We threw two quick passes away, like what are you doing, which gave them a chance. Well, that’s freshmen, so I will tell you this is all a learning curve.

We know we’ve got to play better, no question. I expect that we will.

Q. Coach, was there one particular thing that frustrated you? I noticed that as the game was going on, you seemed to be coaching this as if it was a tie game or maybe you were down?
COACH CALIPARI: Because I’m looking at all these games to try to tell them I wasn’t just worried about this game. You’re worried about playing in this tournament and how you’re going to have to play to win. And you can’t just think that there are certain things you can do in each round that goes by is tougher and tougher and tougher.

So I was coaching them to say this is not how you do this. We talked after the game. But I want them to enjoy the win. They’ll be sleeping here in another 45 minutes, but they can enjoy it for another 45 minutes anyway.

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  1. Mike

    The ole Cal “we’ll be fine” speech. He also was upset that we had to play so late last night…hey Cal, the Norse did too, and it didn’t seem to bother them. Do you think he might have gotten outcoached again last night? He is not going to get anywhere near 40 mins. of consistency from this group because these Cats just don’t get it. Lack of consistency has been the main takeaway from almost every game since December. These guys have not been coached up or really gotten better as the year has progressed, but Cal continues to tell us that they are still freshmen. We are not a good rebounding, shooting, or passing team, but we are good at escaping from inferior competition and creating a lot of unforced turnovers. Oh yes, we were also good enough to have at least won the first half last night. If the Norse had been able to get to the foul line a little more and made a couple of more 3’s they normally hit, we would have been taken down last night. Prediction….if we continue to play like this, Cal will be taken down by the Marshall Plan….sorry PK.

  2. Cats79

    And same ole speech by Mike, We will be ok.

  3. Persimmon Knob

    Blah, blah, blah.
    C’mon Cal, we’ve got coach Mike here. He knows more about the college game than you ever will. Listen, listen, listen! His thoughts are golden. Stupid but golden.

    1. Mike

      PK….i knew I could count on you. You love to deny reality. You know everything above is true.Some folks think Marshall is a jerk, and he kinda looks the part. Others think he might be a better coach than Cal. We shall see real soon. We almost became victims to possibly 1 of the greatest upsets ever in MM playoffs. This team is too soft to make a serious run.

  4. Cats79

    Mike do you ever think just accept what this team is. They have play 35 games and you can’t accept the fact what they are. Just because they don’t play by your guidelines doesn’t mean there not capable of going far.Just chill out and accept what they are and enjoy the ride.

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