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Calipari Wants to See a “Nastier Wiltjer”

What’s not intimidating about this face?  Other than “probably everything.”

In yesterday’s “Do or Do Not, There Is No Try,” piece on, the man himself talked about just what Morehead State did to our guys, and how it’s affected them.  And let me tell you, it’s not all peaches and gravy.

He mentioned how the effort of our guys was outdone by the Eagles, and how it’s not enough to just give it a shot, unlike the lesson our kindergarten teachers taught all of us.  “We’re in the mode where we think it’s OK to try.  What about (the other team)?  They tried harder.  ‘I know he tried harder than me, but I did try.’  That ain’t getting it.  That’s what happens when you get a bunch of young guys.”

Specifically, Cal mentioned everyone’s favorite Canadian sophomore.  “I told Kyle, ‘This isn’t last year. You want to be on the court, you have to guard somebody.’  I don’t have any worries because if he doesn’t guard, he’s not playing; it’s real simple.  I said it to him in front of the team, ‘If this is what other teams do to us, the minute I see it, if you don’t stop the guy, do something to stop him, then you’re out.’”

Overall, Cal was adamant that his guys check the Eagles en route to the basket.  Cal loves the high percentage shots, and with the athletes that this team has on the wings and inside, there should be no reason they can’t get a shot in the paint on every possession, especially against less-talented rosters.  “The minute a guy took a fade-away, I subbed him out.  You’re either a man or you’re sitting down because they’re coming after your face, so go at the rim or sit.”

The game was rough on everybody, but Wiltjer seemed to bear the brunt of the ire for the team’s lack of defense for large stretches.  Which is only fair, considering he’s something of an elder statesman now, in his second year.  Who knows what we can expect from him in the coming games, but safe to say we might see a little more fire in the WBA superstar on the defensive end tonight against the Blackbirds (Really?  Blackbirds?  That’s what they went with?).

The article seemed as though Cal was being fairly rough on the Cats, but it might be just what they need to inspire great team defense, and aggressive offense, against lowly LIU this evening.  Plus, it could be worse.  Could be Sean Woods.

Article written by Corey Nichols

19 Comments for Calipari Wants to See a “Nastier Wiltjer”

  1. tdogg40330
    9:08 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    What better hands could this team be in than Caliparis? I’m not worried one bit,
    watch out before long this team will be harde to handle.

  2. WiltjerFan
    9:12 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    As a huge Wiltjer fan, I am really surprised that he did not spend all summer long with his Dad learning how to be tough on defense because it’s not like he didn’t know that was one of his weakness from last year. I want him to succeed and be a starter! Get with it Kyle.

  3. Truth
    9:14 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    The first thing he needs to do is get a spray tan. He looks like the guy from the movie Powder.

  4. barn
    9:21 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    how about some hard news, like an update on the n carolina academic fraud “investigation”. why is noone talking about this anymore? let’s don’t let it die

  5. GoCats2
    9:41 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I understand what Cal is saying that everyone needs to step up and be tough and play defense but personally I dont care what Wiltjer does as long he keeps shooting. He can cherry pick all day and not even run to the defensive end for me if he is scoring 20-25 points a game.

  6. ukcatsfan2
    9:45 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m inspired!

  7. Singin' In The Dead Of Night
    9:55 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take the Blackbirds and that logo ANY DAY over the Tardinals and their stupid little bird with teeth, which
    is an insult to God’s beautiful little creation of a red bird wearing a Lone Ranger mask, that could have been
    made into a really cool logo, but no, Loserville just had to screw even THAT up. Blackbirds! Cool name
    and logo! Hope we trounce ’em handily! (Even tho’ they’ve just suffered through a hurricane and we just
    sent a whole bunch of moolah to help!) GO CAYTS!

  8. tdogg40330
    9:57 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    5) Just his way of trying to get a little more out of Wiljter. He is one of the
    best shooters in the nation, he knows he’s gotta play him.

  9. In Cal We Trust
    9:58 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I trust that Kyle will develop into a all around player. I do not see him catching a “flu” because Cal is coaching him up.

  10. ThatsAShame
    9:59 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I love Cal calling out Wiltjer. We all see his talent but he will only go so far as a one trick pony (pick and pop shooter). Get in there and get your hands dirty. If Wiltjer is willing to get start scraping and refuse to be pushed around under the basket the sky is the limit for him.

  11. Aja
    10:03 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Peaches and gravy?

  12. Justin
    10:20 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    If these rumors about Petrino are true, the KSR gang may be in a bit of a pickle. KSR has bashed him, and it would brought up all the time. The whole “Matt hated Cal” thing was just a few sentences, but Petrino has whole posts about how KSR hates him.

    Could be interesting if Petrino does become the coach…

  13. diamondblu7
    10:29 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hey don’t diss blackbirds

  14. NeusBomb
    10:30 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know anything about these BP rumors, starting to pop up everywhere, Mitch was supposedly backed into a corner from the big dawgs and forced to make the hire (cause as everyone knows he is to incompetent to make a good hire on his own) hope this sh!t is true and I’m sure 75 percent of the fan base is also( 50/50 according to KSR)

  15. Tired Of Being 1 of 12 Games
    10:46 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think that ‘saint” Mitch can help Petrino see the error of his misguided ways, by give him his chance for redemption.

  16. true story
    11:35 am November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Agreed with the defensive improvements comment, and I know Cal doesn’t like to have other players set up other players for plays, but when you’ve got a sharp shooter like Wiltjer; a little slow but deadly accurate… run some plays for this kid! Julius Mays gets it.

  17. 8andcounting
    1:22 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    Could we please stop hating on Sean Woods? This entire KSR site is disrespecting a guy who did more for the program than any of you bloggers. Yeah, he made a comment that kids on the team don’t know UK basketball anymore; he’s right. UK basketball used to be Kentucky boys who grew up watching the Cats and reached their dream of playing in the Blue and White. What we have now is different; kids come to us because we’re the best. It’s great, and it’s fun, but it’s also different. Not mad at all about what we have now, but it’s sad to see the old ways go.

  18. UKBlue
    1:39 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    We tried, why isn’t that good enough, what do you mean I don’t get a trophy; What’s this hard work thing Cal talks about? Welcome to the new America.

    #15 You can’t fix a sociopath.

  19. CatSinceBirth
    4:09 pm November 23, 2012 Permalink

    With a bench that is seemingly only capable of going six or seven deep, he doesn’t have much choice but to play Kyle. He might hold him out against weaker teams, but goods teams, that’s a different story. We’re only one injury away from having a very unforgiving season. If Harrow doesn’t return, and should Archie either get in serious foul trouble, or receive a serious injury, we are in for a long season. Don’t think Polson is the answer at point guard.