John Calipari stuck to his word and pushed his team through two-a-days this week — conditioning in the morning, practice in the afternoon — and the new practice routine seems to be working. Today, Archie Goodwin called the new schedule intense, but he’s seeing improvements.
“It’s been intense. A lot better. A lot more competitive, Archie told reporters this afternoon. “I think we’re making strides and coming along a lot faster than we thought.”
The freshman guard sees an increase in the competitive spirit in practices. He said the players are being more vocal and doing a better job of holding each other accountable when they slip up.
“You don’t want to be the person that’s going to be picked out for doing something wrong,” he said. “Before, we weren’t doing that, and now we’re doing it and it’s helping us out a lot.”
Now, we just have to wait and see how that new competitive spirit translates into games. Will they fight for those 50/50 balls? Will they talk to each other on the court? Will they play with a sense of urgency, not just to play? Will they be their brother’s keeper? Will they do whatever other questions you can come up with for this space? Will they do that? Huh?
We’ll see tomorrow when Lipscomb comes to town. Kentucky needs to put it on ’em for two halves.