1. On the Road
John Calipari was only available to talk for two segments of tonight’s call-in show because he’s on the road recruiting. There might be a few new guys in the mix, but his main goal over the next month is to see guys that are already signed.
“I want to show some love.”
Last week he saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and tonight he’ll see Quade Green. He has plans to see every signee play, and some guy in Houston (a.k.a. verbal commit Jarred Vanderbilt).
2. A Win is a Win at Memorial Gym
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Kentucky left Nashville with a victory. Calipari is always pleased after an SEC road win, but I think it means more walking away from Memorial Gym victorious.
“It’s a hard place to play. They play well in that building. They played a whale of a game,” Cal said. “To be able to go on the road and win like that is big for us.”
Calipari thought they could extend the lead to ten or twelve to put Vandy away but, “we were never able to get that next basket.”
3. What Cal Takes Away from the Vandy Game
For Coach Cal, there’s two things to you look at after every game. “You learn what you did well that worked, and you learn some things you better not repeat.”
Calipari liked some of the things he saw down the stretch, especially their offensive aggressiveness, but he elaborated more on what they did incorrectly throughout the game, including, but not limited to:
- Defensive breakdowns
- Allowed straight-line drives
- Unnecessary fouls away from the basket
- Took bad shots within 5-8 seconds of the shot clock
- Instead of chasing three-point shooters off screens, they ran gaps and left shooters open.
In general, Calipari’s theme has not changed, requesting discipline and focus from his players on each and every possession.