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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari complained Friday that his team made “no attempt to go get balls” at times during Thurday’s win at Vanderbilt and that his team has to play more physical starting with Saturday’s game against Texas A&M.
“The main thing is, if you don’t want any body‐to‐body contact, you won’t win in this league. You just won’t. They’re either going to want that kind of play, which we accepted last year, or you won’t,” Calipari said.
And how physical is Texas A&M?
“Very physical. Big. Strong. Their three man is as good of a player as we have in our league. They push the ball. They play both man and zone. They try to jam pick‐and‐rolls. They’re a post‐up kind of team, ala a little bit of Kansas, corner cuts and high‐lows, screening from behind with big and big and trying to go from high to low. They’re going to go after our big people, that’s how they play. They’re a good team. They’re a really good team,” Calipari said.
Kentucky made Vanderbilt look good the final 13 minutes after blowing a 47-31 lead and having to rally to win.
“We didn’t rebound. We weren’t physical. They blocked us out, we didn’t block them out. We had a chance of being up 25 at half. We turned it over. We threw Alex (Poythress), Alex is what he is, and we threw the ball back to him three times, which led into charges. That was us. If you throw it backwards to him, because the defense is standing there, so you throw it back, he runs in and runs people over. We did it three times,” Calipari said.
“That kind of stuff which was dumb and, again, the monitors had a couple of our guys playing really hard and had one guy just doing what he does, like no change. And, had another guy so high that he was playing too many minutes. He’s playing so hard, that now you know what’s happened but that means that Kyle (Wiltjer) has to play better and other guys have to play better so that we can get them off the floor.”