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.”