Notes from Calipari’s pre-Chattanooga press conference today…
— Coach Cal is confident that Terrence Jones will be back to top form tomorrow night. “I think he’ll be fine,” he said. “He knows he didn’t play well.” Calipari said benching Jones late in the game at Indiana wasn’t to send a message, it was because they “weren’t winning with him in the game.”
— Despite it being all over the place, he said he is unaware of the fans bashing Terrence Jones. Calipari said he has someone monitor the blogs and tweets for him, so he isn’t always up to speed on fan temperature. He did say he would’ve addressed the Terrence Jones issue publicly if he had known fans were trashing him after the Indiana game.
— Calipari admitted to second guessing himself about calling the timeout with five seconds left after the free throws. “I should have said forget about fouling. Just play your man.”
— On the Rupp Arena issue, Cal said he believes it can still be the gold standard as it is now; it just needs locker room upgrades and a few other improvements. He added that he agrees with UK President Eli Capilouto’s “campus first” policy on spending. The campus upgrades should be top priority.
— He is looking forward to adding Twany Beckham to the lineup tomorrow because he’ll bring energy and defense to the team, but he says Beckham is not a point guard option. Beckham believes his experience in the SEC will really help the team and he’s aware that it’ll be a slow process getting involved.
The Cats and Mocs tip-off at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night.