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By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari said he probably used freshman point guard Eric Bledsoe too many minues in WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 74-38 exhibition victory over Campbellsville.
With John Wall sitting out one of the two NCAA mandated games, Bledsoe played 29 minutes. He had 9 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 turnovers and 2 blocked shots.
Probably the blocked shots impressed his teammates more than anything. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He can swat a shot away because he has done it to me, so that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t surprise me,Ã¢â‚¬Â UK junior Patrick Patterson said.
Calipari thought Bledsoe played Ã¢â‚¬Å“okayÃ¢â‚¬Â without Wall.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I probably played him too many minutes. This is all new to him. We are trying to get our wings to run wide so he can throw it to them and we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do it. They are too tight. We are still trying to get a feel for how we are playing. We had turnovers. This is what I told you that you would see early.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to get a couple of guys that can beat somebody on the dribble. We had a lot of guys not wanting to beat their man on the dribble or couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t beat them on the dribble.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Calipari says it helps both Bledsoe and Wall when they can play together because it takes the pressure off them.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When they are on the floor together, both their numbers are better. I think youhave two guys that can break a guy down on the dribble and if he cannot get it, he can swing the ball and the other guy can do it. It makes the game easier for both of them. They both can handle, both are good passers. When it is all on them, I think they both turn it over more than they normally would,Ã¢â‚¬Â Calipari said.