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Calipari to opponents: “We’re going to be much stronger physically at all positions”


Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari issued a warning to next year’s opponents during an interview with his go-to guy Andy Katz of ESPN.

“We’re going to be much stronger physically at all positions,” Calipari told Katz. “Our post presence will be there with Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee. He’s a lot like Nerlens in terms of blocking shots and going after balls. He’s bouncy with great energy, but he’s not as big.”

And remember that Lee is probably considered No. 6 among the incoming UK McDonald’s All-Americans. However, two NBA scouts recently told me they thought in five years he could be the best player of any of UK’s incoming freshmen.

Lee and Johnson are also going to help Willie Cauley-Stein.

“Willie is coming back with one thought in mind,” Calipari told Katz. “He wants to do something on the basketball court and in the tournament. He’s got something to prove to himself. He’s got a great frame of mind. He understands he’s got to do it and do something different.”

Calipari also told Katz he might play 6-9 Julius Randle at small forward and Cauley-Stein at the power forward to give UK a big, big lineup.

“There will be a lot of teams ahead of us, but we’ll be deeper and the bench will be a great friend of mine,” Calipari told Katz. “I’ll be able to play like we played at Memphis. We’ll be pressing and getting after people because we have more people. We’re going to have competition.”

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  1. Toicat

    I agree that the bench depth next season will be a very welcome bonus for tight games in the 2nd half. I thought that after Noel’s injury, WCS was given a terrific amount of experience and made the most of it. At times, he played just excellent, other times, well…he is a quick study in what the quick low post forwards can do with positioning.

    Again, I don’t give a hoot about having a perfect season. If it happens, it happens. What I want to see is cohesiveness with the team and a solid 40-minutes of game-time hustle. The rest will take care of itself. I always wanted to see Texas Stadium on a Monday night !

    Go Cats Go !

  2. Larry Pup

    It will be fun to watch I’m sure.


    I can’t agree more, with your entire post. As far as Cowboy stadium, it has been full several times since it’s opening; life long Cowboy fan here. I doubt it will be sold out for the UK game, but that will be a great one to watch there, that’s for sure!!

  4. Cathouse

    Did I miss something ? What about a game in Cowboy stadium tell me about it.

    1. Toicat

      2014 NCAA Championship Game is scheduled to be played in Texas Stadium. I’m a little ahead of myself…!

      Go Cats Go !!!

  5. Karen Sprinkle

    I’m not sure of the exact date, but in December, 2013, Kentucky will play a doubleheader with Baylor (men/women) at Cowboy Stadium. The hope is to break the all-time single game attendance record.

    1. larryvaught

      It is Dec. 6, a Friday,Karen

  6. Karen Sprinkle

    The game is scheduled for December 8, 2013.

  7. Dee W.

    “2014 NCAA Championship Game is scheduled to be played in Texas Stadium. I’m a little ahead of myself…!”

    You mean Cowboy Stadium…

    Texas Stadium’s availability will be very limited considering it was demolished years ago. :-)

  8. grant

    Although what Calipari is saying is probably true, obviously he is the coach and should know, but this is a shot across the bow of college basketball. This season could be epic.

  9. cathouse

    We will have two of the strongest guards in college ball with the Harrison twins and with Randle and our two big guys at center we will be as strong as any tean UK has had a long time.

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