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By LARRY VAUGHT
If John Calipari is right, Florida should have showed Kentucky’s players where he wants them to be with the way they handled UK Tuesday night.
“That’s where we’re trying to get this group, that every guy will be aggressive, got to be tough play through bumps, understand if the game is going to be a rough game you’ve got to play it (that way), you can’t just give up on the game. If they’re jerking balls out of your hands, jerk balls out of their hands. If they’re being physical in the post you be physical in the post. It’s something we’re just learning,” Calipari said.
The UK coach was not buying it was a case of seniors beating freshmen, either.
“That’s some (of it) but I had freshmen last year and we did okay,” Calipari said.
OK? UK won the national title. Of course, many think Florida can this year.
“When you play a talented team that is very physical and plays aggressive and plays tough and plays off one another you have to focus for 40 minutes. You can’t give up on plays,” Calipari said. “We learned all that tonight, but we’ve learned it in other games where we’ve had 12-point leads, 16-point leads and you turn around and it’s a two-point game. We’ve just got to regroup. They’ve lost a bunch of games in the building, right? Five or six? Oh, they haven’t lost any? That means whoever comes in here is getting dinged.”