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Calipari says his team can’t afford “gaps” tomorrow


Man, how long has it been since you’ve been to a Gap? Same.

Coming out of the SEC Tournament, everyone hoped Kentucky had put its bouts on inconsistency behind them, but last night vs. Northern Kentucky, they reared their ugly head again. Today, John Calipari said his team can’t afford any “gaps” if they hope to knock off Wichita State tomorrow.

“Our team has gotten better,” Cal said. “We really have. But still, there are gaps. And if you have a gap against this team, it will be bam, bam, bam, bam, time-out. What just happened to us? Let’s get this back in order.”

“So I’m looking forward to it just because I know how good they are. It’s going to be a hard game, and I want to see how my young guys respond.”

What does Wichita State do that worries Cal? Rebound, rebound, rebound.

“I’ve watched four tapes of theirs. I can just tell you that they viciously go after offensive rebounds. If you don’t rebound in the game, you don’t have a chance to beat them.

Also, get physical.

“They also are not afraid to go inside. They’ll be physical when you drive. I mean, you’re not getting a clear drive. You’re going to have a body on you, something on you.”

Clearly, judging by Wichita State’s remarks today, they’re not intimidated by the Cats at all; Calipari welcomes that in hopes it will bring out the competitive edge in his own group.

“It’s the kind of game that’s just a competitive, you know what it’s going to be, and you love walking into those kind of games, know how good they are. You got an unbelievable opponent who plays with heart and fight and battles, and you bring your team in, your young team, and say let’s see what we are. Let’s see what we are at that point.”

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9 responses to “Calipari says his team can’t afford “gaps” tomorrow”

  1. nicky

    We got Dom…the heart that each team needs to lead by example

  2. Aar

    On the contrary, I think UK has already intimidated them. Trash talk is not a sign of confidence, it’s a sign of weakness.

    Unfortunately, I’m starting to feel the same way about this game as I did at this time last year. I hope that feeling is wrong this time around. Just like Indiana, Wichita is proud, butt hurt for multiple reasons, hyper-motivated, focused and revenge minded. UK’s last two tournament losses have been to teams with similar profiles. Now, this trash talk makes me think they may not be all that confident and focused. We’ll see…

    1. sp

      The stage was set again for a team to get revenge on Kentucky. Get revenge against players who weren’t even on the team the, so they don’t understand the butt hurt teams like Indiana and Wichita St have. I hope they are ready to play a team out for blood.

    2. CatesDuncan

      That’s a very good point!

  3. Saul T. Nuts

    If anyone watched Wichita St beat Dayton, they saw a team play with unbelievable effort…it was the opposite of UK vs Northern Kentucky. If UK doesn’t come out playing with a ton of heart and effort, then they won’t be going to the Sweet 16.

    1. TeddyD

      UK plays to the level of our competition, I am not saying that is good , but true. The UK players are so use to the media and bright lights, the fame. Then we have to play a scrub like NKU, that can’t get it up,I guarantee they will be hard as rocks tomorrow!

    2. Luether

      Agree – and Willis needs to dramatically improve the Kyle Wiltjer defense he brought to the last game…

    3. catsarerunnin

      Thank you Mr. Peanut…

  4. TeddyD

    And thanks for providing the Viagra WSU, keep talking shit, WSU is going to get shocked. Dumbasses.