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Calipari knows lot of college towns are ecstatic that Cats are struggling this year

By LARRY VAUGHT

How easy is it for Kentucky player to feel like it is a burden playing at UK when things are not going well?

“It’s very easy.  And these kids, they are so young, and the expectation was so high, which I tried to tell everybody early, you’re out of your mind,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after Wednesday’s win over Vanderbilt. “And now, with what’s gone on, point guards out early, Willie (Cauley-Stein)’s out, now Nerlens (Noel) is out for the year.  We are short numbers, anyway.  Our guard play was really erratic, at best, and we go get bombed at Tennessee and really got bombed at Florida.

“And so for them to come back, it shows what they are about.  I mean, they know.  I mean, this team, I keep telling, this could be the greatest story in the college basketball season if they want it to be. But you’ve got to fight and battle.  If you want good things to happen, make them happen.  They are not making them happen for us.  Do you think there’s a lot of people unhappy we are struggling out there?  There’s a lot of college towns unhappy we’re struggling?  They are ecstatic we’re struggling.

“So you want good things to happen?  No one’s going to do it for you.  Go make it happen, and they did tonight.  I thought we played hard.  I thought we competed, we showed confidence.  Vandy never went away; they kept coming.

“And again, it’s like I say, the playing here is not for everybody.  I can’t hide guys.  If your skill is suspect, I can’t hide you, it’s just hard.  You’re under a magnifying glass here.”

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  1. grant

    Well. we all know much how much delight others take in Uk being down , and I take delight when Indiana has down years and Duke and North Carolina Etc. However , they might as well go ahead and get some good licks in this year, next year the big- bad- blue bully is back.

    1. UKFAN197TONE

      I won’t get my hopes up. I thought this years team was going to be fantastic. However, I’ll still be watching, cheering UK on, as always. If they lose…they lose. I won’t ever give up.

      1. Dale Castle

        I agree, Tone, they will always be our Cats, struggling or not, and other teams can enjoy our struggle, but they know we are Kentucky and we will reload and bounce back! This team will most likely surprise us and pull out some quality wins beginning with tomorrow on GameDay :)

  2. King Ghidora

    This season isn’t over. UK could still make some waves this time around. They showed a lot last night. It was the first time I saw this team play like a team. That always works wonders.

    1. Anonymous

      Right on King.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    Amen, King!

  4. Larry Pup

    Right on King!

  5. Jerry Vaughan

    I haven’t seen the stats, but all 7 guys stepped up: Archie did not have a charge, did have some jump stops, and made a long two-pointer; Ryan drove the ball all night; Julius made his usual clutch three’s; Alex rebounded better, Willie was a force on both ends; Jarrod continued his all-around play; and Kyle played one of his best rebounding and defensive games. As a team, the offensive play in the first 10-+ minutes was probably the best all year. On defense, we were much better at getting by the screens generally. At the last 6 minutes, we showed we weren’t going to bow to the pressure and kept, even increased the narrow lead. Perhaps our best team and other individual showing of the year!

  6. J Cole

    What a great performance last night by our boys! I loved the teamwork – think we’ll come out the same way on Saturday night. I think they have made great progress with their effort and attitude since the Tennessee game. Our freshmen are becoming men on the floor.

  7. LindaS

    It’s Kentucky basketball and I’ll take it over any other team in the nation, up, down any way I can get my Kentucky basketball. Blue to the bone, blue through and through for now and forever!

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