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.”