Starting Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn., the SEC’s 14 teams will compete for the SEC Tournament championship, which will be decided by Sunday afternoon. John Calipari and the rest of the SEC’s coaches talked about the SEC Tournament on this week’s SEC teleconference. We’ve got the full transcript from Coach Cal.
Coming off the tough loss at Tennessee and with six regular-season games to go, John Calipari spoke Monday on the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference about playing the rest of the season without Nerlens Noel and bouncing back from adversity.
The fact that Noel will be missed won’t change between now and the end of the season, but Calipari took to his call-in radio show Wednesday night to tell the Big Blue Nation that, while devastating, the loss of Noel isn’t the end for UK, Noel or this season. Coach Cal talked in depth about Noel bouncing back, how UK can cope without him and who will have to step up in his analysis.
Perhaps it’s fitting that two teams that have dealt with so much turnover will open their league schedules against each other. If nothing else, the meeting of last year’s regular-season and tournament champions with entirely different rosters speaks volume to how open this year’s league race could be.
Southeastern Conference play begins this week for Kentucky and the other 13 teams in the league, so Monday marked the first day of the SEC coaches’ teleconference. John Calipari, as mandated by the league, is always a participant on the teleconference, and had a few comments on his team Monday morning and their upcoming matchup with Vanderbilt on Saturday. We’ve got all his quotes, plus Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings’ quotes on the Cats and a couple other relevant comments.
UK defeated Florida in both meetings this season, winning 78-58 on Feb. 7 in Rupp Arena and 74-59 last weekend in the regular-season finale in Gainesville, Fla.
With the regular season complete, it’s now time to look ahead to the Southeastern Conference Tournament, postseason awards and the NCAA Tournament. The conference’s coaches talked about all that and more Monday morning on the SEC teleconference.
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.