By LARRY VAUGHT
On the postgame radio show, Julius Randle talked about UK’s “ugly” win over Mississippi State after he scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
And even though coach John Calipari told Tom Leach on the show that he was “happy” to get the win, the coach didn’t seem overly happy with what Randle did.
“There were plays when he didn’t pass the ball when he should have. There were other plays when he didn’t … he’s 250, 260 pounds. You have to get your hips lower than the other guys hips and seal them. Sometimes in the middle of the zone, it’s a guard. He’s always tip-toe. He never demanded us to throw it to him. And we’ve been going over it and over it and talking about it,” Calipari said.
But there was more to come.
“Defensively, he didn’t help Dakari (Johnson) and then to make a point, he over helped to give up two 3’s. That’s a baby. That’s what babies do. ‘I’m going to show you. I’m going to give up two 3’s. What do you want me to do.’ And then you’re out. Next guy, in. Again, he’s a great kid. And this is all a learning experience for him.”