Whether it was a minute to think in the shower or the five-minute drive from his house to the office where he counted the months until the NCAA Tournament, Coach Cal had an epiphany Thursday, one he probably needed before Kentucky’s regular-season opener on Friday at 7 p.m. against UNC Asheville. He’s got time.
Seniors Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood preview UK’s regular-season opener against UNC Asheville.
Andrew Harrison will miss Monday night’s game against Montavello with a bone bruise in his right knee.. Starting in Harrison’s place will be senior Jarrod Polson.
Monday night, as the Cats tune up for the regular season with a final exhibition game against Montevallo, everyone will get to see if the message sent by Coach Cal was received.
Coach Cal, Dakari Johnson, Jarrod Polson and Julius Randle discuss the Wildcats’ 76-42 victory over Transylvania. They all agreed, the Cats have to give more energy and effort.
John Calipari has said that he can’t save his players from competition. The problem last year was that he had no choice. Last season, Kentucky lacked depth, which played a major factor in the competition level at practice.
Big Blue Madness organizers go to great lengths to make sure plans for Kentucky’s first open men’s and women’s basketball practice stay quiet, and rightfully so. In 2013, with Madness anticipation at an all-time high, players are following suit when it comes to the dance moves they’ll break out when introduced to the capacity crowd.
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.