By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari shared a few thoughts on opening SEC play with a game at Vanderbilt Thursday and home game with Texas A&M Saturday on today’s SEC teleconference.
“On the road at Vandy (on Thursday), always a tough game. They’re a team that’s going to run their stuff and shoot threes. And Texas A&M (home on Saturday), it will be our first opportunity to play against them and really have an idea of how they’re going to play, but Billy (Kennedy) does a great job. Gonna be two hard games for our team,” said Calipari. “We’re starting four freshmen now. We’ve gone through some grueling workouts to try to see what we’re about and where we are. The only thing I can tell you is we still have a long way to go.”
One media member asked Calipari if he might mention avenging last year’s SEC Tournament title game loss to Vanderbilt. The answer is one I can believe.
“They guys I’m coaching may not even know that game happened to be honest with you,” Calipari said. “I’ve watched all three games that we played with Vandy last year just to touch up on how we played them, how they played us. All three games were wars. We happened to win two; we could’ve lost all three – or we could’ve won all three. But they were wars, and so I expect nothing less than that going up (to Nashville). I imagine it’ll be sold out, be a great crowd.
“For us right now, we’re worrying about the process. We’re worrying about our effort. We’re worrying about us playing together, and execution and mental discipline, and let the other stuff take care of itself. We’re so far from, ‘Gotta win this game, gotta win that game.’ We’re just trying to be the best team in the gym that we’re playing in. That’s all we’re worried about right now.”