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By LARRY VAUGHT
His team has only lost once, might have the nation’s best player in Anthony Davis and could also be the nation’s best defensive team. Just don’t try convincing Kentucky coach John Calipari that his team is fully ready for March Madness.
â€œThe thing I would tell you is that the way weâ€™re playing them, happy. But Iâ€™m not satisfied. Iâ€™m just not satisfied because I want to make sure that weâ€™re getting better and Iâ€™m looking for areas, where can we grow? But, Iâ€™m happy with how weâ€™re playing,” Calipari said. “To go on the road and show the kind of poise we showed (at Vanderbilt), down four with a couple minutes to go. To play Florida, who is at the time playing everybody. To do the things that weâ€™ve done this year with three freshmen starting, a freshman off the bench and two sophomores and then Darius [Miller]. I guess we could be more perfect but the reality is, Iâ€™m happy with how weâ€™re playing but Iâ€™m not satisfied. I want us to improve on that.â€
Calipari keeps insisting the only way to measure a team is how it is playing in March.
“Now the question is where we can take this and how do we get better,” Calipari said. “I am trying to figure out how to spike this team. I treat every game the same. I don’t care who it is. I don’t give Knute Rockne talks. I don’t get emotional. When you make one game bigger than the other and you have to win it, if you lose it you lose the next three or four and lose your team. Or if you win, you come back down and lose.”
Whatever it takes, Calipari seems to figure out. That doesn’t guarantee and Elite Eight or Final Four, but based on his NCAA resume it’s easy to assume he has more than one idea about how this team can “get better” the next three weeks.