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Calipari still says Cats have more upside than any team in the country


Kentucky plays at Louisville Saturday and is going to perhaps be a bigger underdog than it has been in any game since John Calipari arrived at Kentucky.

Louisville fans sense this is the year the Cardinals not only finally beat Calipari, but beat him and the Cats soundly.

However, if you need a bit of holiday cheer, pay attention to what Calipari said about his team after Saturday’s win over Marshall.

“Let me say this. I’m pleased. We’re a long way from home. But it shows that this team, and I keep saying — this team has more upside than any team in the country. We’re going to have games where we don’t shoot it well. Doesn’t matter. If you defend, you’re tough, you’re rough, create shots for each other, you’re going to be fine,” Calipari said.

“There’s going to be games where we’re on the road, we get a little rattled. If we’re going to be the team I think we can be, that’s going to hit us and we’re going to adjust and grind it out and play better. But I’m not worried about missed shots. You can’t. That stuff happens. It happens to every team.”

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  1. TheProfessor

    Yes, missed shots happen to every team, it is the tough, defensive effort that can be there every night.

    Championship teams play great defense. When their offense goes AWOL, the defense keeps the game with a chance to win at the end.

  2. grant

    This team has the most upside in the country because it has simply underachieved .

    1. larryvaught

      But it is still early Grant. Don’t give up yet

      1. RJ

        Correct Larry… Everyone would like to beat Louisville but remember, it’s December! The clock doesn’t start tickin’ until the SEC schedule starts. December is fun but March is when it really matters.

  3. Jim

    Heard Rex Chapman on the radio, the other day, and he says Wiltjer needs to play tougher. With this team being so young, they have only one returning player with any real game experience from last season and two transfers. If they can get more rebounding and better D out of Wiltjer, it will taake the pressure off the freshmen.

  4. Jim Boyers

    I think everyone better start preparing to be VERY surprised on Saturday.

    I truly believe this team is going to put together their best effort of the season and, not only beat Loserville, but do it by 8 to 10 points.

    It is going to be a happy new year.

  5. AndyP

    I hope you’re right Jim Boyers, but personally I think you’re delusional. This game will be ugly.

    1. Jim Boyers

      I have been known to be slightly delusional…but just watch and see on Saturday.

    2. UKFMLY

      ROFLMAO. Hey Jim there is a nick name for fans like us “The Dillusionals” because I HONESTLY THINK WE CAN WIN BY 5-7.


  6. Jim

    UL lost to Duke about the same margin that UK lost to them by, didn’t they? Why does anyone think that UL is so much better?

    1. Jim Boyers

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Dr.Mark Stephens

    First off Happy Holidays Larry and to your staff always enjoy your insight. This team will keep getting better Ryan is starting to be the leader and controling the game,the rest of the frosh will be up and down but I like were we are heading and Kyle needs to get his game going but i believe he will.The cards have a good team with alot of experence will be hard to beat on there court,but it’s only one game.LOL GO CATS

    1. larryvaught

      Thanks Dr. Mark

  8. Brad

    I bet that it will be a lot closer than most people think. Go Cats!

    1. RJ

      I’ve watched both play on the tube and Louisville seems to be playing at a higher level right now. Their team work is better and they work just a bit harder – right now. In terms or raw talent, the Cats have the advantage hands down. If the Cats TEAM shows up Saturday, the Cats should win. But the way we have been playing up to this point, the Cats might eek out a win but just barely. I think that is more wishful thinking than anything concrete.

      When a coach says his team has a lot of up side potential, he’s saying they are not playing very well.

  9. Little Baron

    Everyone has a variety of opinions, and this team has given us all reason to have a broad spectrum of thoughts on the upcoming game. UL players will be more pumped, since they are returning players who have tasted defeat at the hands of the CATS. UK’s players may not have that same level of “rivalry” view, but we do have a lot of talent. If we can survive and stay with them through the first couple of TV timeouts, I believe we have a shot at a W, but it won’t be easy. 40 minutes of intensity at both ends of the floor will be needed. Let’s hope we put it all together.

    UL will play as dirty (physical plus nasty) as any team in the nation, as we have seen the past 3 years, and that means we need to see some toughness from our beloved CATS that we have not yet seen. This game is the real measuring stick to see where we are, as we head into the pounding of the SEC road games.

    Cats by 5… gotta go with my hopes rather than the fact we are playing a good, tough, dirty UL team in the dum-dum center.

  10. Larry Pup

    Amen Little B.. A tough game coming agaist traitor Rick’s boys. No dougt about that.

    1. Larry Pup


    2. Jim

      Rick is not a traitor to UK and it is ludicrous to imply anything of the sort. That being said, I am really, really glad that Calipari is coaching at Kentucky. The only reason I keep up with Pitino at all is that he is coaching UK’s next opponent.

      1. Larry Pup

        Then why didn’t he stay at UK? Oh I know the money. Why did he go to UofL? He could have gone anywhwere in the country he wanted to. There are a few of us UK fans who won’t forget. I don’t like what he did. I say you ride for the brand. He didn’t in my book.

      2. larryvaught

        To me, all UK fans should always be grateful for what Pitino did to rebuild UK basketball

  11. Mark

    Cards fan here… just want to say I’m really impressed at the quality of this forum. Instead of the usual trash talk, it is actual basketball talk. A nice change of pace. Good luck Saturday guys. Predict 74-58 Cards.

    1. larryvaught

      Thanks Mark. We pride ourselves on being civil here and I think most UK fans understand how good Cards are this year and playing at home what a difficult task it will be for this young Kentucky team

  12. AndyP

    UofL’s strengths are our weaknesses – this game will be ugly – best to just grin and bear it.

  13. Larry Pup

    The way some of you are talking, UK should just forfeit. Hey! It ain’t over until it’s over. This is a rivalry game. UK will come to play. Coach will have them prepared! I can’t stand that bunch of trash talking red birds. I hope we kill em!

    1. TrueBlueJohn

      The game is not played on paper, but on the court. I remember playing a juggernaut team back in 1990 that had Shaq, Chris Jackson, and Stanley Roberts. The Cats had no chance, but somehow won 100-95. This team has a lot more talent than that team, the only question is will they play as hard.

      1. larryvaught

        Great memory, True Blue

    2. UKFAN197TONE

      I hear ya Larry Pup, it’s amazing how well UK played dook and plays down to the other “cupcakes” until they wear them down. The Cats will have to come and play against ul and I believe they will. I don’t think they’ll “toy” with the Cards. All business.

  14. UKFAN197TONE

    As far as Cal’s comments about “upside”, no kidding they have more upside. They are one of the youngest and more talented teams in the country. They have no choice.

  15. Russ

    When Big Blue is not playing the Cards I pull for them. I like Pitino & appreciate what he did for our program. He’s one of the best coaches ever!
    As far as the game, unless Louisville plays their worst game of the year I don’t see us keeping it below a double digit loss. And to be honest we are not and I don’t expect us to be playing at the level they are. They have more experience and leadership than our Cats. Looking forward to the game and hope our young Cats play hard the entire game!

    1. Larry Pup

      Whomever UofL plays I’m for that team. I can’t stand em. Hope they lose every game. I just wanted to clarify my position on that.

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