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By LARRY VAUGHT
The more Willie Cauley-Stein plays and develops, the better Kentucky is going to be.
But what I like even better about the freshman is that he says exactly what is on his mind and never makes excuses.
He went 0-for-6 at the foul line — he was only credited with going 0-for-4 because twice he got to shoot again and miss after lane violations — but did a lot of other things well at Louisville Saturday. And he wanted no part of anyone think UK coach John Calipari cost the team the win even if Calipari said he did by not calling a late timeout.
“Nah, that’s BS,” Cauley-Stein said about Calipari costing the team the win. “We missed 12 free throws. He didn’t have to call those timeouts if we make the 12 free throws.
“It’s a whole other momentum of the game if we make our free throws – and if we don’t give up run-outs. We gave up those two dunks.”
Calipari also wanted to praise what Cauley-Stein did well and not the missed free throws.
“He’ll be fine. Look, he’s never been in this environment. He was a football player. He was playing wide receiver. Now we’ve got him out there and he looked pretty good,” Calipari said. “He did some really good stuff. We’ve gotta work on his free throw.
“But I’m not – if he blocks shots and does all the other things, we’ll just tell him, ‘Try not to get fouled.’ You do all the other things, we’ll be good. So I was pleased with Willie. I thought Willie defended.”