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Coach Cal Pre-South Carolina Notes and Quotes

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Coach Cal met with the media today after practice to discuss all things Gamecock and Sandstorm.  He did not comment on the Terrence Jones tirade from Tuesday so quit asking about it you selfish (expletive).  Just kidding.  To the notes and quotes …

— Calipari said we won’t know if the team has reset and is ready to bounce back from the loss until they take the court and start playing.  That “brutal practice” he talked about after the Alabama game never happened.

— South Carolina is a scrappy team and Calipari says if South Carolina “out-scraps” Kentucky it’ll be hard for UK to win the game. South Carolina out-scrapped Kentucky last year in Columbia and they more aggressive in that win.  In order for Kentucky to avoid a repeat disappointing loss this season, they’ll have to stop playing so passive and scrap back.  Scraps and scrap.  Scrappiness.

— Coach Cal called out the three veterans by saying Liggins, Miller, and Harrellson need to do more and play a bigger role at the end of close games.  That doesn’t necessarily mean taking control on offense and scoring either. Calipari wants to see his senior and two juniors make big plays, whether that be blocking a shot, grabbing a rebound, taking a charge, or diving on the floor.  Right now those three guys are waiting for one of the freshmen to do something when they need to be making plays to help the team win.

— When asked why Kentucky played so well at the Yum Center but is struggling on the road in the SEC, Calipari said the team just shot the ball better in Louisville.  The shots weren’t falling for some guys at Georgia and Alabama and 0-for-5 shooting to start the game can be the difference in a 2-point deficit and a 12-point deficit.  If UK comes out cold again against South Carolina, it’s going to be another long night for the Wildcats.  But like we’ve seen in the past, if this team comes out hot, get out of the way.

— Calipari referred to Devan Downey as “the little kid who made a couple shots at the end” last year.  I remember him being a man who scored at will late in the game to put away our undefeated Cats.

— The team is still not communicating on the court like they need to be.  A couple of times in the Alabama game, the team came right out of a timeout and broke off the designed play.  One of those was late in the game after going over the play through two back-to-back timeouts.

— South Carolina is going to have a packed house with a lot of Sandstormin’. “You’re either tough enough to go in there and win on the road or you’re not.” #Legggooo

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for Coach Cal Pre-South Carolina Notes and Quotes



  1. shavit
    4:09 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    “— Calipari referred to Devan Downey as “the little kid who made a couple shots at the end” last year. I remember him being a man who scored at will.”

    you remember wrong. Downey went 9-29 from the field. that is not “scoring at will” but rather “scoring when the ball finally goes down after taking a whole bunch of shots”.



  2. BlueFins
    4:15 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    #1, you forgot to say 1st!



  3. mdlUK1
    4:16 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Exactly #1, downey took a ton of shots to score his 33. It was just one of those nights where the ball bounced USC’s way.



  4. elstie01
    4:17 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    This is a must win! Let’s just go ahead and put that out there. I don’t think many would argue. What do you say?



  5. MK30
    4:22 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    We need T-Rex to step up like we know he can!!



  6. Cal Purnell here
    4:22 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Will Hootie and the Blowfish be at the USC game? When I say blowfish, I’m not referring to pitino’s 15 sec. fiasco



  7. Plum Idiot
    4:28 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    it tickles when I poke my ear



  8. Burlington_UK_fan
    4:30 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    I think this is a must win in the sense the young guys need this win to start building confidence that they can win on the road in the SEC.



  9. george
    4:32 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    so in other words Coach was right….

    I think he was. Downey was a short Jodie Meeks with a terrible shot. They both took all the teams shots and were lauded when they scored over 30. I never understood why the media was so high on him for basically averaging 25 or so points on 25 or so shots.



  10. let'spausetensecondsforstationidentification
    4:44 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Ask my wife. It’s this big!



  11. NBA league pass
    4:51 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    “Coach Cal called out the three veterans by saying Liggins, Miller, and Harrellson need to do more and play a bigger role at the end of close games. That doesn’t necessarily mean taking control on offense and scoring either. Calipari wants to see his senior and two juniors make big plays, whether that be blocking a shot, grabbing a rebound, taking a charge, or diving on the floor. Right now those three guys are waiting for one of the freshmen to do something when they need to be making plays to help the team win”

    I disagree with Cal a little here. Liggins actually stepped up and took the big charge late in the game against bama. Knight committed an offensive foul, then he and lamb threw the ball away, and then finally jones made a questionable play at best to end the game. I think there’s plenty of blame to go around.



  12. Big Blue 66
    5:17 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone ever measured the rims at the Yum center? And is there a regulation on the rim tightness / deflection / flex?, I know some places are just better for shooting, maybe because of background etc, but it wouldnt surprise me if UL tries to get every advantage it can and knows that if they hit 3’s they can have a shot at home against anyone, even if the other team is shooting on the same goals…….I like conspiracy theories, so can someone get into the Yum center and measure both the diameter and the flex of the rims?



  13. What?
    5:21 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    I too disagree…as you already mentioned #11. Plus I find this statement to be flawed, or a lie…sounds like he wants them to do everything but put the ball in the basket! Let the “star freshmen” handle that aspect.

    Is there a divide between the super recruits and everyone else? More here than just being young?



  14. bung
    6:13 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing specific there Coach….how bout some halfcourt plays that work and a run out with rebounds so we dont have to go into the half court everytime and shoot 37%.



  15. unboltedharp
    11:31 pm January 21, 2011 Permalink

    I remember devan walking/carry the ball downey.