With his team up by a comfortable margin, John Calipari had one mission last night: help Nick Richards break through. Coming into the Vanderbilt game, Richards had played well in spurts, but for Kentucky to make a run at the title, the sophomore big man needs to do it on a consistent basis.
“I told Reid I’ve got to get Nick in there and let him play through some of this stuff because we’ve got to get Nick going,” Cal said.
As the mature fifth-year senior he is, Travis was more than happy to oblige, especially on a night where he was struggling anyways.
“Today, Reid gave up some minutes for Nick. What does it matter?” Cal said of who gets the most minutes.
Richards finished with a season-high 14 points and four blocks, but still made a few mistakes that drove Cal crazy.
“Again, he checked out on his rebounds, he had a tip dunk on him, you know, and so, we’re back to, look man, this is your responsibility and if you want these minutes, you’ve got to do something.”
It seems like every time Calipari raves about players sacrificing minutes for each other, it ends up being a special season. Just saying.