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Get ready for another John Calipari TWEAK

John Calipari is tweaking his team again. (Vicky Graff Photo)
John Calipari is tweaking his team again. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari is tweaking his team again. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Here comes another John Calipari tweak.

The  University of Kentucky coach said Monday he was putting in a tweak just as he did late in the season two years ago when No. 8 seed UK reached the national title game.

Calipari and the Cats will unveil the tweak Tuesday night at Florida.

“It’s not a wholesale change from what we do, but you Basketball Bennies will have an idea of what I did. Most of you in this (meida) room have no idea what I tweaked, but the people who really follow it and study it will say, ‘Wel,l this is what he just did,'” Calipari said Monday.

Calipari to bigs: “You gotta assert yourself;” Willis starting to run

By LARRY VAUGHT

On the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference today I asked Kentucky coach John Calipari if he had any different feelings about his team’s loss at Vanderbilt after reviewing the game tape from Saturday. Here’s his answer:

“We’ve got some guys that we have to help them build confidence. Some of it’s just teaching them how to assert themselves. I talked to the team, if a guard is thinking about Kentucky and he goes to John Wall and says, ‘John, I’m thinking about Kentucky.’ John Wall will say, ‘Can you get your own shot? Because he’s not running a whole lot of plays for anybody. He runs actions and you gotta be able to insert yourself and make plays,'” Calipari said.

Calipari wants Matthews back to being “energy guy”

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)
Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The day before Kentucky lost at Vanderbilt, UK coach John Calipari was optimistic that freshman Charles Matthews might provide a needed boost for the Wildcats.

“He’s getting back to being the energy guy. He got away from that, like started judging his energy based on shooting and scoring,” Calipari said Friday. “Well, you’re not going to have a whole lot of energy then.

Vanderbilt players felt they wore down Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matthew Fisher-Davis, who had 20 points for Vanderbilt in Saturday’s 74-62 win over Kentucky, said the Commodores had to outfight UK to win.

“We knew coming in that to beat Kentucky you have to beat their mentality. We had the pieces coming in, we could beat anyone in the country if we feel like it, we just played hard and came out with the victory,” said Fisher-Davis.

Jeff Roberson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Vandy and he thought his team wore down Kentucky.

Even Humphries not sure why he spiked ball at Texas A&M

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Isaac Humphries talked to the media Friday for the first time since his controversial technical foul at Texas A&M when he slammed the ball into the floor with  just a few seconds left in overtime.

“I was just so excited, I was so pumped up. Tyler (Ulis) came over and was so happy too. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know why I did it, but I was just so happy. It was just the first thing I thought of really,” Humphries said.

Court configuration does not worry Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)
Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Jamal Murray has never played at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Coliseum, but the unusual configuration with the team benches at the end of the court is not a big worry for Murray.

“We’ll roll with it. What happens, happens. We got great guards. Tyler (Ulis), he’ll get us organized on the other end of the court. But we’ll be fine. It’s a different court,” said  Murray Friday. “It’s just another basketball (game) with nothing special about the court.”

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By LARRY VAUGHT

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UK signee De’Aaron Fox finalist for Naismith Player of the Year

ATLANTA – Kentucky men’s basketball signee De’Aaron Fox, one of the premier high school scorers in the country, has been named one of five finalists for the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year. The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the announcement Wednesday.

The winner of the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year will be announced March 10. The All-American Teams will be revealed March 8.

Fox is enjoying one of the best high school basketball seasons in the country during his senior season at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. He’s scored 30 or more points in 17 games this season, 40 or more six times and even hit the 50-point mark earlier this month.

Kentucky basketball has unique fan in South Africa

By LARRY VAUGHT

When it comes to Kentucky basketball, there are no limits to where you might find a fan.

Take Rev. Cydell LeGrand of Johannesburg, South Africa who describes himself on Twitter as “BBN from Afar.” So how in the world did that come about?

“It may seem strange that a African like myself support the Kentucky Wildcats! I was watching television one day on my local sport channel and your team was playing a team for the university playoff final. I enjoyed the way Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played as a team, so I further looked into your school,” LeGrand said. “I was amazed by the rich tradition your program has and I have been a fan ever since. Whether the games are on television or if I have to stream them on my Dell computer.”

Calipari on Alex Poythress: “I was really proud of him.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

He only played 17 minutes, but it was an impactful 17 minutes for Kentucky.

Alex Poythress returned from a knee injury and minor surgery that kept him out of five games to score 14 points in the 78-53 win over Alabama. He only had one rebound, but that mattered little because just having him back was a plus for Kentucky.

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