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Kentucky coach John Calipari: “They are growing into the kind of team I want to coach”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Watching his team let a 22-point lead drop to six points was not going to make Kentucky coach John Calipari lose track of the big picture and what Tuesday’s win at Mississippi meant.

“We were terrific today. There were so many good things. There was one stretch that they made their little run and we hung our heads. I told them, ‘You guys played an outstanding game except for that four-minute stretch. Again, you hung your heads,’” Calipari said on the UK Radio Network postgame show.

“We defended better. We rebounded better. I thought we had good ball movement. We created good shots for each other. I thought we played good.”

Calipari, who has now won 20 or more games 20 straight years, said in the last eight seasons, his teams have always bounced back from defeats. He told Tom Leach his team has won by an average of 17 points the next game after a loss.

“They are growing into the kind of team I want to coach,” Calipari said. “When you get beat, don’t get angry and point fingers. Just play better.”

That’s what he wants UK to do Saturday against LSU, a team that beat UK earlier this season.

“They beat us. Our kids know that,” Calipari said. “They were so much better than us on that night. Hopefully we play better.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    “They are growing into the kind of team I want to coach.” That is a great quote. and very good news. I think this team is growing. Great win on the road Coach. The TIGERS are next. Get after them.

  2. Little Baron

    THE GOOD…
    “They are growing into the kind of team I want to coach,” Calipari said. “When you get beat, don’t get angry and point fingers. Just play better.”

    THE BAD…
    “… There was one stretch that they made their little run and we hung our heads… ”

    THE UGLY…
    LSU — “They were so much better than us on that night…”

    GO GET ‘EM CATS!!!
    Let’s see 40 minutes of THE GOOD as a TEAM…
    so there won’t be any room for The Bad…
    And that will exact revenge on the UGLY (loss to LSU)…
    It will then seem so long ago!

    1. UKFMbad and uglyLY

      Teams this Young will always have moments of all three. Good Bad and Ugly. If you are waiting for good only for 40 minutes you have forgotten what it’s like to be 19 consistency only comes with age. IMO

      1. UKFMLY

        oops that’s me

  3. LindaS

    I think they have grown more in the past two games than they have in the past couple weeks or month. They still need the killer instinct and the stamina to close the game out without giving up anything to the opponent.

  4. King Ghidora

    I think you’re onto something about stamina Linda. I was just thinking about that a few minutes ago. Sometimes freshmen just haven’t matured enough to go 40 minutes. I look back at my youth and the difference between me at 17 and me at 18 was almost night and day. I had to struggle to play hard (football) sometimes and practices wore me out. I had some speed but I was never out in front during the wind sprints at the end of practice. When I was 18 things just changed completely for me. I was at the front of every sprint then and it was easy for me. My body had just grown into more endurance. It wasn’t anything I did in particular but for a long time I could go all day long after that. It wasn’t until I spent a semester trying to live off the food card at UK that I lost that endurance. Going from 10,000 calories a day to maybe 3,000 will do that to you. I’m sure a lot of people who lived in Holmes and ate 2 meals a day at the cafeteria next door know how that goes. I lost 35 pounds in no time. :) Cal was talking about the food players got not too long ago. That might be part of it. I don’t know how they eat but someone working as hard as they do requires a heck of a lot of fuel. That may be part of their problem for all I know.

    Having a non-stop motor requires a lot of things to work right. If your body isn’t ready for it you just won’t be able to do it period.

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