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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari blasted his team’s lack of fight — and selfish play at times — after Friday’s loss to Baylor and guard Aaron Harrison and forward Julius Randle were sitting by him when he did it.
What did they think of him saying the team didn’t fight?
“You can’t take it personal. He’s doing it as a challenge, just challenging us. He knows all of us have fight in us. It’s just another level at the college level. We just have to focus more. When things get rough, that’s when we really have to come together,” Randle said.
“It’s tough to hear, but I know – we’re a group of guys (who are) definitely going to get better and learn from this. I just – I mean, I really don’t know,” Harrison said.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he didn’t “even know what you’re talking about” when asked about the bad weather forecast for the Dallas area that includes ice.
“Can we postpone the game a month? Because if it were postponed, we’d have to wait about a month and a half before we play a ranked team,” Calipari joked.
He did say that UK is scheduled to practice at Cowboys Stadium Thursday and probably would “shoot around” Friday, just like the UK women’s team will to prepare for its game against Baylor to start Friday’s doubleheader.
The UK coach is also not worried about Julius Randle or twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison pressing because they’ll have a lot of family members and friends at the game when they return to their home state to play.
“We haven’t talked about it yet. We’re so focused on us right now, we haven’t talked Baylor at all,” Calipari said.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman Aaron Harrison was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week it was announced by the league office on Monday. The honor is the first of the Richmond, Texas native’s career.
Harrison averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in two victories for Kentucky this week. He poured in a team-high 22 points and sunk nine free throws while adding a career-best seven boards vs. Eastern Michigan. He followed that performance with a 15-point, four-assist outing vs. Providence.
The shooting guard hit double-figure scoring before halftime in both victories. Harrison connected on a career-high seven field goals for a .778 percentage against Providence. His four assists against the Friars led the team and marked a career-best performance. Furthermore, he has hit at least one 3-pointer in four-straight games. UK hit a single-game record .750 from behind the arc against Providence.
Harrison is the third Wildcat this season to earn a conference weekly award. Classmate James Young earned Freshman of the Week accolades last week, while Julius Randle was tabbed the league’s Player of the Week following the opening week of the season.
Kentucky returns to action Friday in a doubleheader matchup with the women’s program at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a showdown with Baylor. Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and the game will air live on ESPN.
JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high nine blocks to lead No. 3 Kentucky to a 79-65 victory over Providence on Sunday night at Barclays Center.
James Young scored 18 points and Aaron Harrison added 15 for the Wildcats (7-1), who shot 64.3 percent from the field (27 of 42) and led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Bryce Cotton had 23 points for the Friars (7-2), who finished 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) from 3-point range. They came into the game shooting just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and were averaging only five 3s per game.
Kentucky, which had the majority of the crowd of 8,086 cheering for it, also had an exceptional game from 3-point range. The Wildcats were 6 of 8 from beyond the arc, decidedly better than the 28.9 percent they were shooting from there entering the game.
Julius Randle, the highest profile of the eight-man freshman class at Kentucky, scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. He had a double-double in each of his seven games this season tying Jim Andrews in 1971-72 for the most by a Kentucky player at the start of a season. That streak is over.
The Wildcats finished with 11 blocks with Cauley-Stein doing most of the rejecting. Providence continued to go inside but the bigger Wildcats made it a rough trip and the Friars kept firing from long range.
Cauley-Stein was 7 of 8 from the field, while Harrison was 7 of 9 and Young 5 of 7 including going 3 of 4 from 3-point range for the Wildcats, whose only loss was as the No. 1 team in the nation to Michigan State, which moved up one spot to the top with the win.
This game started a December that will have the Wildcats face No. 18 Baylor, No. 16 North Carolina and No. 9 Louisville in addition to Boise State and Belmont.
Providence was without sophomore guard Kris Dunn who missed his second straight game with a right shoulder injury. No timetable has been set for his return. The Friars’ only loss this season was to Maryland in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.
This was the second meeting between the schools and the first was played across the East River. Kentucky beat Providence 79-78 in the 1976 NIT at Madison Square Garden.
No. 3 KENTUCKY 79, PROVIDENCE 65
Young 5-7 5-6 18, Randle 4-10 4-7 12, Cauley-Stein 7-8 1-1 15, Aa. Harrison 7-9 0-1 15, An. Harrison 0-2 8-8 8, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Poythress 2-3 0-0 5, Hawkins 2-2 0-0 5, Willis 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 27-42 19-25 79.
Batts 3-14 1-3 8, Henton 1-4 4-4 7, Harris 4-13 1-3 10, Fortune 2-5 4-4 10, Cotton 7-21 4-5 23, Goldsbrough 0-0 0-0 0, Bancroft 0-0 0-0 0, Desrosiers 2-4 3-4 7. Totals 19-61 17-23 65.
Halftime_Kentucky 39-35. 3-Point Goals_Kentucky 6-8 (Young 3-4, Hawkins 1-1, Poythress 1-1, Aa. Harrison 1-2), Providence 10-19 (Cotton 5-9, Fortune 2-5, Batts 1-1, Henton 1-1, Harris 1-3). Fouled Out_Batts, Henton. Rebounds_Kentucky 35 (Cauley-Stein, Randle 8), Providence 30 (Batts 8). Assists_Kentucky 12 (Aa. Harrison, Randle 4), Providence 8 (Cotton 5). Total Fouls_Kentucky 22, Providence 22. A_8,086.
By LARRY VAUGHT
LEXINGTON — One given with Willie Cauley-Stein is that he’s going to be honest. Blunt honest.
“I would be the first to stay that I don’t play with the energy I did today all the time. I’ve got to keep sustaining that,” said Cauley-Stein.
He did here Wednesday as his overall play — season-high 15 points, eight rebounds and career-best seven blocked shots — helped No. 3 Kentucky beat Eastern Michigan 81-63.
Cauley-Stein got one of the best compliments about his play during the game from teammate Aaron Harrison after he came out to take a breather. “He said, ‘Bro, come back in. We need you,’” Cauley-Stein said. “It’s a good feeling to have a teammate want you on the court.”
Who wouldn’t want this energetic 7-foot sophomore on the court?
“He did a phenomenal job. Willie, in general, did a great job with his activity. He was all over the floor, going after loose balls, altering shots, protecting the paint,” Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said.
It didn’t even bother him that he again came off the bench while Marcus Lee started — and played less than a minute before Cauley-Stein came in.
“He was going to start today,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “(Assistant coach) John Robic screwed it up. Willie was going to start and he will start from here on.”
Guess what? Cauley-Stein didn’t care.
“I thought I was starting at the shootaround. At the team dinner before the game, I was not starting … I don’t know and don’t care,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been playing well off the bench. It doesn’t bother me if I don’t start. If I do, hooray.”
He won’t deny hearing his name announced in the starting lineup as fireworks go off inside Rupp Arena is fun.
“Who doesn’t want that?” he said. “But it is good other guys get to hear their names (announced as starters).”
That’s the definition of a perfect teammate and one this team desperately needs. Cauley-Stein may not have always thought of himself as an energy guy, but his enthusiasm can be infectious on this team. He may not have always thought of himself as a veteran player, but on this team he is.
“Willie is playing well,” Calipari said after his team won despite going 3-for-16 from three point range and surviving a scoreless first half from Julius Randle. “He still faded away on a couple of shots that he didn’t need.
“The good news is he is really confident in himself shooting free throws. That makes a big difference in how you play because now you’ll be aggressive and try and score because you’re not afraid to get fouled.”
Cauley-Stein was 6-for-12 from the field — and teammates are getting a better feel each game for throwing him lob passes he turns into dunks — but only 3-for-7 from the foul line.
He says he’s “not really” scared at the foul line and has not been.
“But I can see why he says that,” Cauley-Stein said. “If I make them, I make them. If I miss, I miss and the game goes on. I had a good friend back home who told me just to step to the line and tell yourself you will make them, so that’s what I have been doing.”
What he’s also doing is sprinting the court, often beating Randle on the fast break to get the easy points that Calipari is telling Randle he needs to offset the double and triple teams he encounters — even though he overcame the one rebound, zero points first half to finish with a seventh straight double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds).
“Willie is fast. Very fast. I don’t think you can know how fast he is until he gets out there,” Randle said.
“Coach tells us to pass (on the fast break) and he’s always the once inside there to get the ball,” guard Aaron Harrison, who had 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists, said. “He’s one of the fastest big men anywhere.
“He was everywhere today. He helped us all out. Anybody that got beat, he helped. He makes everybody’s job easier. We have a lot of great defenders, but we all can get beat. He never complains about his job and having to help us out.”
He was mad at himself going into the second half after getting seven points, three rebounds and two blocks the first half.
“I was thinking about anybody just following me. I was actually kind of mad at myself. The first half I missed some bunnies (easy shots), didn’t rebound. The second half I just went after everything.”
No one enjoyed seeing him do that more than Calipari. Unless it might have been his grandparents, who were heading back to Kansas after 10 days here after the game.
“I love that they came,” Cauley-Stein said. “They’ve been here about 10 days. They travel to see me and all their grandkids. I am thankful they are still trucking. It’s a good feeling to have family around.”
He won’t on Thanksgiving day — he’s going to a friend’s family Thanksgiving in Shelbyville — but he says he’ll survive just fine.
“As long as you are around a lot of food and people that care about you, it’s fine,” Cauley-Stein said. “Back home we had, what do you call them, pot-lucks where everybody just lined up food. That’s what we grew up having. It would be fun to go back (home), but people here are having a family dinner.”
Then it will be back to basketball as Kentucy gets set to play Providence in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sunday night and will need more of Cauley-Stein’s energy.
“My job is to start doing what I did the second half from the get-go,” he said. “I need to provide that from the start, and there’s no reason I can’t.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
LEXINGTON — After being criticized for everything from their body language to porous defense to bad decision making, twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison never faltered.
And when Kentucky needed the freshman guards most, they were there Tuesday night to help No. 3 UK beat 68-61 Cleveland State after traling most of the game.
Point guard Andrew Harrison took charge when UK looked leaderless — and beaten — trailing 54-44 with just over seven minutes to play. But he drove inside and lobbed a pass that Willie Cauley-Stein stuffed. Two possessions later, he did the same thing to make it 54-51. Next, he drove, took the contact and foul, made the shot and hit the free throw to tie the game 54-54 with 3 minutes, 55 secons left.
But he wasn’t through. After another UK stop, he drove inside, passed back outside and James Young hit a jump shot for a 56-54 lead. Then with the game tied 57-57, he drove left, took the contact again and finished a three-point play for a 60-57 lead with 2:08 left.
No one enjoyed those heroics more than Aaron Harrison, who often watched his brother do similar things in high school and AAU play. But then it was Aaron Harrison hitting a 3-point bomb from the corner with 1:15 left to give UK needed breathing room at 63-57.
“That 3 in corner Aaron made kind of ended the game,” UK coach John Calipari said.
Cleveland State coach Gary Waters knew how important this win was for Kentucky, and even told Calipari that “he needed the win more” than Cleveland State did.
“It doesn’t look good for us to beat Kentucky. I know these young kids, he’s trying to get their attention,” Waters said. “I am a true believe you do not have to lose to learn. He’s trying to teach things and does not want to lose games to get that done.”
“I would rather it be a close win, but sometimes you have to take a L (loss),” Calipari said. “I just hope they understand you can’t come out of the gate like we are. We still are not a good team. We just aren’t. They are all into their own thing. And when you are into your own thing, it’s hard to play basketball. I don’t want to lose any games. But you can’t let a team come out and have way more emotion than you.”
Calipari admitted that Cleveland State, which led most of the game, deserved to win before UK found the will to win the final seven minutes to pull out the victory.
“We showed the will to win and made plays down the stretch,” Calipari said. “Andrew made plays. It’s nice to now we have two or three guys to go when the game is in the balance. But this is a game we needed. I was calm. If we lost, we lost. That’s where it is.”
But Andrew Harrison wasn’t about to let this team lose. Not this game.
“Who can make plays? Who is not afraid to make plays? Who is not going to panic?” Calipari said.
The coach said both twins needed to learn to be “in position to play” when they don’t have the ball, especially Andrew Harrison at point guard.
“He is catching the ball and I am screaming, ‘Drive it.’ He drives and makes a play. That can’t be how it is. He catches and knows he is a playmaker, get in there,” Calipari said.
Andrew Harrison, who had 12 points, five assists and just one turnover in 21 minutes, was a non-factor the first half after picking up two quick fouls and playing just six minutes.
“I feel like I was letting my teammates down pretty much, getting those fouls in the first half and not being as aggressive as I should be,” he said. “This is definitely, hopefully, a turning point.”
He said he “never wants to lose no matter who you play” even though he knew UK — 19-for-53 from the field and 3-for-14 from 3-point range — could have played better, especially the first 30 minutes. But when it counted most, he came up big — something he could not do in UK’s loss to Michigan State two weeks earlier.
“I was just attacking, just making plays for my teammates, getting them in the right spots,” he said. “I knew I had no choice but to do that because things were not looking too good.”
However, he didn’t want credit for the win going to him. Like a veteran leader would, he passed out the credit.
“James Young was great late. Julius (Randle) in the paint, nobody was getting a rebound at that point but him. So it wasn’t all me. It as (the team) and I was just getting them the ball,” Andrew Harrison said. “They were just all making me look good.”
What about the shot his brother, who had 11 points, hit?
“It was like, ‘No, Aaron,’” he laughed and said. “But he always takes that shot. He’s not afraid.”
Both Harrisons showed a lot of emotion during UK’s game-winning run, too. And it was the kind of emotion Calipari and UK fans liked.
“That’s just our competitive spirit,” Andrew Harrison said.
Randle has played against the Harrison for years, and was not the least bit surprised by how they finished the game.
“That’s what they do. They’ve done it all their lives,” Randle said. “I’ve seen Andrew take over games at the end like that and just make plays. Nothing unusual for him.”
But it was something UK fans and other teammates had not seen him do and now maybe the worries/rumors about his attitude/body language can ease up as he tries to concentrate on getting on the “same page” as Calipari.
“We do not have one selfish player on the team. We all want to play good,” Andrew Harrison said. “We love each other. We are like brothers. We just all want to win.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari said freshman Aaron and Andrew Harrison “are trying” to do what he wants but still have a “ways to go” with their execution and body language.
“But it’s not just those two. Julius (Randle) has got a ways to go. When you rebound, stick, rebound, bang, and then they say, ‘Man, he played hard,’ but then you’ve got to watch defensively, you’ve got to watch running the floor,” Calipari said. “Alex (Poythress) has gotten better, but got a ways to go. I mean, we’re a team that is behind – Dominique (Hawkins) is probably closest to what we’re looking for of anybody on the team, but it’s not where we need to be right now.”
Calipari said players have to know where other players are on the court to become a special team.
“If you don’t know where everybody is and if people aren’t talking, you’re not comfortable, you kind of get … you go back because you’re afraid to go out, because you don’t know if people have your back,” the UK coach said. “That’s where we are a little bit right now to. So, look, there’s a lot of fronts that we’ve got to work on. We’ve got to work more on the press. But the whole point comes back to your effort, if you want to know, again, what’s success, it’s just ‘I’m giving my best, I’m doing my best.’
“You have to feel good about that. If you’re not doing your best, if you’re standing around, if you stop playing … for most of these kids, they were always bigger and stronger and longer and faster, you didn’t have to outwork the other guy. If a team’s effort level is far beyond yours, it will smash a talented group. Just will. A less talented team that just fights like crazy will beat the talented team. So we just – my job right now is to get these guys to understand how hard they gotta play, what it’s gotta look like, and we’re just not there.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Texas-Arlington coach Scott Cross got to see Kentucky freshmen Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison play during their prep careers and knew all threw would be special players in college.
“I remember watching the Harrison twins play in AAU when they were juniors. I felt they were NBA guys as I was watching them. Very few times would I say that as I am watching high school kids. But they are extremely talented,” said Cross after Kentucky beat his team Tuesday night.
“Julius Randle is just a man-child. The first half he was a little quiet, but he woke up. He’s tough to deal with on the glass. I don’t see many people in the country stopping him.”
The Mavericks tried collapsing inside often on Randle to try and stop him. That left outside shots open for James Young and the Harrisons.
“We tried to double him when he got the ball and tried to stay somewhat attached to Young, but all their guards shoot fairly well. Young is an outstanding 3-point shooter. You have to pick your poison. I would rather get beat from the outside than just let him score on the block,” Cross said.
The Mavericks also hoped to have some success with transition offense like Michigan State did when it beat UK.
“Michigan State is probably the best in the country in transition offense. What Michigan State does, very few teams do,” Cross said.
Kentucky did get outrebounded the first half, a situation it quickly remedied in the second half.
“Kentucky responded really well in the second half and absolutely mashed us on the boards. I thought that was the difference in the second half,” Cross said.
Texas-Arlington’s quickness on the perimeter also bothered UK at times.
“I feel like this is the quickest team that I have ever coached. Our one advantage that we may have had was some quickness at a couple of different positions,” Cross said. “We knew their big guys were rotating to help and it was just a block party in there. The only area I thought we could attack them is off the dribble drive.”
By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun
Andrew Harrison wants to be a better player. That’s why he isn’t taking things personally when John Calipari make a point to his freshman point guard during a public or private setting. Sometimes those teaching lessons can get pretty loud especially when Calipari isn’t happy with Harrison’s play in practice or during a game.
“Every possession matters so much,” Harrison said after Kentucky’s 105-76 rout of Texas-Arlington earlier this week at Rupp Arena. “Coach Calipari is just trying to make me a better player and that’s what I want to become. You just have to be prepared for this type of coaching and you’ll be good. It’s always tough from the beginning, but I feel like I’m getting better and I want to keep getting better every day.”
Harrison missed Kentucky’s two exhibition games and most of the blue-white game, but has started the first five games, tallying double figures in three of those contests. Harrison, averages 11 points per game and scored a career-high 15 points in the win over the Mavericks Tuesday night. A sign he’s settling in at point guard, Harrison dished out six assists in his last game, also a career high. Harrison is steadily making the transition from high school to college.
“We’re definitely getting back to having fun and it’s a growing process,” Harrison said. “Everybody knows how tough it is. That’s what we signed up for. We just have to make sure we’re always on top of our game and practice hard every day. I’m having fun and I’m still learning. The game we lost (against Michigan State), I almost cried myself to sleep, (but) I’m just getting better every day, That’s the only thing that matters. “
Harrison’s twin brother Aaron Harrison and classmate James Young give the Cats a one-two punch on the perimeter. Aaron tallied 28 points in a win over Robert Morris last Sunday, while Young netted 26 against Texas-Arlington. Andrew Harrison said getting the two players hot on the same night will require “consistency.”
“Both of them are great players — probably one of the best at their position in the country,” Harrison said. “My job is to make sure they’re playing defense and stuff like that because scoring points comes easy to them two. That’s what makes it fun.”
When he’s not sharing the ball with his brother or Young, he has more options in the paint.
“We have a great post up team with Dakari (Johnson), Willie (Cauley-Stein) and Julius (Randle) and even our bigger guards can post up as well,” he said. ‘We definitely need to work on that and get (the ball) into the post a lot more.”
Harrison likes depending on Johnson, Cauley-Stein and Randle in the post in case of a defensive letdown, but added the Cats can’t rely on help defense from the post players on a consistent basis.
“We just have to work on our communication,” Harrison said. “It comes down to me, Aaron (Harrison) and James (Young) — the guards — just taking on the challenge. We need to stop our men one-on-one, so that’s what we need to work on.”
Calipari wants his team, especially Harrison, to become louder on both ends of the floor and Harrison said it starts with his vocal chords.
“It’s different every play, but I definitely feel like I can talk louder,” Harrison said. “We just have to talk more. That’s what coach was talking about. We have to talk more and communicate more as a team. We’ll be fine.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
LEXINGTON — It’s going to take more than a 29-point win to make Kentucky coach John Calipari happy when he sees so many times that his team could be playing with more effort.
There was never really any doubt that UK would beat Texas-Arlington long before the Cats finally won 105-76 Tuesday night. Sure, the Mavericks used a couple of scoring spurts to stay within nine points at halftime — and even outrebounded the much bigger Cats 21-17 in the half. But once Kentucky went to work dominating the boards and inside, the issue was never really in doubt.
Yet Calipari was constantly pleading with his players, including Julius Randle, for more. That didn’t change after the game, either.
“We’ve got to get this … I just told them. I am not changing. Right now I am coaching too hard, but I have no choice,” Calipari said. “I can let them do the things they want to do to and win a game and think it is okay, or correct them and make them do the right thing, and I don’t care. Be mad, be sad, be whatever you want to be, change. Then you’ll see it’s easier. I’m not going to … I don’t get on you except for effort. They are all effort things, that’s all.”
Effort things like letting 6-6 Brandon Edwards grab seven offensive rebounds — Calipari said they were all against the much bigger, more physical Randle or Alex Poythress — and finish with 24 points, 10 rebounds. Effort things like not moving your feet enough on drives to stop penetration by 6-1 guard Lonnie McClanahan. Effort things like not always getting back on defense.
Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein had a double-double — 14 points, 10 rebounds — along with two steals, one block and one assist in 24 minutes. He was 6-for-8 from the field. Yet Calipari was furious at him in the first half for a half-hearted effort to score inside.
“As an older player, I understand what he means about the effort,” Cauley-Stein said. “It is more like old habits. In high school you don’t have to play like that. You have to play so much better You have to get in your mind that you have to play like that (with more effort) the whole game.”
roblem last year was that team never got past the lack of consistent effort point. This team will. Count on that.
Calipari used sophomore Alex Poythress of what can happen to a player. He started the season with 26 points and 32 rebounds in the first three games. He had two points and four rebounds in the fourth game and four rebounds and no points Tuesday.
“Still has a ways to go,” Calipari said. “What happens is the first rain drop … when the sun is shining, it’s all good. All right. Got a couple of rain drops … part of this started in practice. He had a couple of bad practices, stopped playing, head down. Okay.
Now it’s carried over (to games). When you were a double digit rebounder and you’re looking like a star and then now it reverts. It’s all effort for him.”
But again, Calipari said it’s more than Poythress.
“We’ve got about five guys that way right now. That’s when you’re 17, 18 years old and you don’t know better,” Calipari said.
He was on Randle, who had 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to become only the fourth UK player to have five straight double-doubles to open a season.
“This is not one of Julius’ better games and I told him that,” Calipari said. “I said, ‘Look, it I’ve got to get you the ball the first three times down the floor to get you going, you can’t do this. This is like Michigan State. We can’t have this. You can’t go through the motions and not be in a defensive stance.’ He’s got to play to start every game.”
He had noticed some tendencies he didn’t like from James Young when he didn’t score. Calipari considers him the nation’s best shooter, but he was 7-for-28 from 3-point range coming into the game. Calipari worked with him on his shooting motion in recent days and he went 8-for-14 from the field and had a career-high 26 points.
But was Calipari happy? No.
“He’s one of those that you’ve got to love to get to the gym more,” Calipari said.
The coach understands this was UK’s fifth game with a roster that has nine freshmen — and seven played extensive minutes. He knew Texas-Arlington’s zone defense was something UK was not really ready for based on the lack of practice time against a zone. He knew the smaller Mavericks were quicker and would break down UK’s perimeter defense at times.
“Look we’ve got a long ways to go,” Calipari said. “I thought the second half we played with some emotion.”
Andrew Harrison felt plenty of emotion from Calipari at times during the game when he didn’t do what the coach wanted. He had 15 points, six assists and three rebounds, but it’s the lack of focus and effort — even just briefly — that infuriates the coach and Harrison understands that.
“Every possession matters so much. Coach Cal is just trying to make me a better player and that’s what I want to become,” Harrison said. “You just have to be prepared for this type of coaching and you’ll be good. It’s always tough from the beginning, but I feel like I’m getting better and I want to keep getting better every day.”
And bottom line, that’s all Calipari wants and why he’s demanding what he is.