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Calipari likes the NCAA’s proposal to add more practice time, compares next year’s team to the Miami Heat

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Today in “News that won’t shock you”: John Calipari likes the NCAA rules committee’s proposal to give teams more time to practice in the preseason.

Yesterday, we told you about the proposed rule changes that would 1) allow teams to practice 30 times in a 42-day period before the first game on November 8th, beginning as early as late September; and 2) shorten the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds. The committee will vote on the changes next month.

Andy Katz caught up with his BFF John Calipari and Tom Izzo to talk about the proposed changes. Unsurprisingly, both are in favor of both. Cal annually tackles the challenge of getting young, talented players to play together as one, and says the extra time will only help:

“I like it. What we’re about to undertake has never been done before — to bring in a group like this. They recruited each other. We’ve got a great staff, but they recruited each other. It took the Miami Heat two years to do what they did. We’ve got to do it in three months. We’ll have the summer, but we could have used a foreign trip with this group.”

The Miami Heat, eh? Not a bad comparison.

“This thing has never been attempted,” Calipari told Katz. “But we’ve got young players who need to be coached, who are great competitors and who love to work and want to win. I’m excited and already preparing this summer for what we’re trying to get done and get it done earlier.”

I don’t think it’s a stretch to define “this thing” as an undefeated season. Cal’s hinted at the lofty goal for over a year, and this may be his best shot. As for the shortened shot clock? Cal says it won’t change anything unless officials start calling more fouls:

“I’m going to tell my guys to be aggressive on the verge of fouling,” said Calipari. “Hipchecking is a foul. It is in the NBA. We have to watch all the post-mugging that goes on.”

One thing that won’t change? The date of Big Blue Madness. Cal said that they will keep the event on October 18th.

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24 Comments for Calipari likes the NCAA’s proposal to add more practice time, compares next year’s team to the Miami Heat



  1. Twitter Account Denied
    2:05 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I like the 30 sec clock. Who want to watch a 50 to 48 point game anyway?



  2. Cats r Back
    2:07 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting he didn’t throw in a nugget for the fans about the team make-up and possibly adding one more guy. He has done that before and figured he would use this to “leak out” something to the fans on the Wiggins front. Kind of seems like he’s assuming this will be his team as it is now and what he’ll have going forward? Maybe he really doesn’t know…



  3. Rei
    2:17 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    its getting to the point of where nobody cares about Wiggins anymore. This team would beat any team Wiggins were to choose outside of UK.



  4. CurtCat
    2:18 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Based on Cal saying “this thing has never been attempted before…” You wrote… “I don’t think it’s a stretch to define ‘this thing’ as an undefeated season…” Just to give perspective, the undefeated season has both (A.) been attempted many times and (B.) has been accomplished before. It’s quite a “stretch” to say otherwise.



  5. UKDMD
    2:24 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    3) I feel what you’re saying. I still want him to pick us though.



  6. me
    2:32 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    #4 it has not been accomplished (or likely consciously attempted, though that’s less certain) since the shot-clock OR three-point-line were implemented. Those two changes (especially the clock) make it a completely different game. Also, with the tourney field expanding to 64 teams in ’85 (with more games, and more madness) and continuing to expand, going undefeated is a much different proposition in today’s game.



  7. Linda Taylor
    2:39 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I think what he was referring to as “This thing has never been attempted,” is the fact that we are bringing in 8 (possibly 9) freshmen with only 1, possibly 2 previous players projected as starters. If Wiggins comes on board it will be 1 starter with experience (most as a backup). Our backups for the most part will be freshmen. The lion’s share of the minutes no matter how you look at it will be played by freshmen. To attempt to win a title, much less an undefeated season with mostly freshmen on the court the vast majority of the time is unprecedented.



  8. Jpo
    2:48 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    7. Exactly right



  9. RICK
    2:51 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    7 AND 6 GOOD POST. Dont’t think anyone can go undeafeated and i dont care just win the last game of the year.



  10. I Say
    2:58 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I hate being a downer in the comments section but all the talk o an undefeated season needs to stay in the comments section and not in the post themselves. It’s silly to assume that we will go undefeated. This past year was a huge reality check for BBN, talent isn’t everything.



  11. Slick Rick
    3:00 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Unless that last game of the year win is in the NIT



  12. Jpo
    3:02 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    10. Except this year we have better quality players as well as quantity, and a significantly better group of returning production, but ya you’re right I’d bet on it turning out the same as last year



  13. Chris
    3:03 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    BBM is always the second friday of October, I hope he just got the date wrong. Im getting married on the 19th and will have to miss which would suck cause of this team will be monstrous.



  14. CurtCat
    3:11 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    (#6)… The operative word in Cal’s statement is “attempted…” Are you saying that other great teams set out to lose? No one, before our mighty Cal, has attempted this before??? Strange. Maybe no one has attempted to assemble this level of talent before… meaning this many High School All Americans. You are right with your facts… “Also, with the tourney field expanding to 64 teams in ’85 (with more games, and more madness) and continuing to expand, going undefeated is a much different proposition in today’s game…” that’s probably the most appropriate defense why no one has ever even “attempted” it before since the last team that did it. It is a known fact that most college athletes and coaches are not competitive and always plan to lose, at least once.



  15. Jordan
    3:12 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    12) Don’t refer to yourself and UK as “we” and then bet on this season ending the way it did last year



  16. Steve Hayes
    3:21 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    BBM – Big Bowel Movement?



  17. Jpo
    3:21 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    15. Sarcasm



  18. bung
    3:28 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Rupp went undefeated…course we ran the fast break a lot…then he turned down the nc2a invite because they would not allow his post grad players like mays to play…



  19. Linda Taylor
    3:36 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I would just like to point out that my comment said nothing about how successful I believe the team will be next year, only what, to me, Cal meant when he said “This thing has never been attempted.” Clearly most teams attempt to go undefeated every year and a few have succeeded though not for a very long time. If the team next year were to win the title and go undefeated in the process it would be one of the greatest stories in the history of college basketball. I hope it happens. Nevertheless, it’s going to be a great ride and I intend to enjoy every second.



  20. World Team
    3:47 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    #3 They would beat any team as long as it wasnt in a all-star game huh?



  21. Hmmmm
    3:54 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I thought BBM was on the Trifecta weekend of Bbm, Alabama, and Keeneland. Instead they pick a Bye weekend? BBM is always the Friday before Oct 15th..it’s never after…Trifecta please!!!



  22. Hmmmm
    3:56 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    #13…correct…2nd weekend!!! Hopefully it stays that way.



  23. Roland
    8:26 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    UK enters its “Lil Bro” stage next year. Lil Bro to the Heat.
    Not the 1st time I have said that.



  24. clipper
    9:24 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    13 are you talking about missing the game or your wedding?