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Coaching a team that has been defined by its sometimes head-scratching inconsistencies, Coach Cal doesn’t know what to expect from his team Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET when it faces the Vanderbilt Commodores, who hung on by the skin of their teeth Thursday in a 75-72 victory over Arkansas.
To discard this Kentucky team from doing anything special just because of the erratic regular season would be wrong, John Calipari said Tuesday.
Coach Cal had a choice to make: Does he gamble and put Cauley-Stein back out there with four fouls and risk him fouling out, or does he leave Cauley-Stein on the bench and risk putting him back in the game too late? It turns out there wasn’t much of a decision to make after all.
Although their senior seasons didn’t go as planned, graduate student Julius Mays and senior Twany Beckham said their time at UK has been a memorable one.
Faced with very real possibility that their at-large NCAA Tournament hopes could die with a loss against Florida on Saturday (noon on CBS), Coach Cal is hoping survival instincts bring out what he’s been trying to get all season from his players: a will to win; a will to fight.