LOUISVILLE – Before the game, John Calipari told his team to make it close and he’d get them over the top. Get in the ballpark, he said, and he would find their way home. With 33 seconds left and down by four, Kentucky found itself in the ballpark with Louisville on Saturday.
Each and every game, CoachCal.com will talk with assistant coach John Robic about Kentucky’s plan of attack. Coach Robic is responsible for scouting the opposition. Without giving away too much of the game plan, Robic will tell us his keys to the game, an X-factor and who Kentucky has to watch for on the opposing team.
LOUISVILLE — Join us Saturday as CoachCal.com and UKathletics.com team up for a live interactive blog for the Kentucky-Louisville game at 4 p.m. We’ll detail the action throughout the afternoon, live from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. Fans can join the chat and send in questions and comments in a real-time format. We will get started around 3:40 p.m.
After a month of relative displeasure, John Calipari was genuinely pleased with the progress the Cats made following the Marshall game. The only problem was the improvement was halted by a three-day break for Christmas that Coach Cal has always given his team.
For being the newly anointed “master of rivals,” John Calipari has often overlooked them, at least in the public’s eye. But for everyone else, at least in the state of Kentucky, Saturday’s Kentucky-Louisville game has the feel of the biggest game of the year on both teams’ regular-season schedules. It’s the same as it is every year for one of college basketball’s greatest rivalries.
The great debate for an NBA team in Louisville continues to roll on, but consider John Calipari a supporter of the idea. With the KFC Yum! Center in place, Calipari believes it’s a no-brainer to sign off on an NBA team if one is interested in moving to the Derby City. Freedom Hall is also an option.
Seconds after pinning Anthony Booker’s shot on the glass and getting fouled midway through the first half, Darius Miller laid on his back in front of the Kentucky bench clapping his hand emphatically, almost violently.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.