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How to Develop the Will To Win

In Coach Cal’s postgame comments to the press he expressed that this team “needed a competitive spirit, more of a will to win. We’re trying to find it.”. He recounted the series at the end of the game when the Cats trailed by three and Nerlens got a block. The ball was heading right to Alex Poythress but somehow ended up in the hands of a Baylor player. The Baylor player was fouled as he scored and the rest is history. Last year we became spoiled as the team constantly demonstrated Cal’s refuse to lose mentality. This year while the Cats have battled back in their losses but just haven’t found a way to get the W. Transforming from weak to strong is no easy task but it can be done. Here are some tips for this young team to find the will to win:

Read Some Literature

After losing two in a row the Cats need to bounce back. Luckily our coach wrote the book on the subject. The focus now is to push on. Following the game Wiley Cauley-Stein was quoted as saying “We came in here thinking we were that team. And we’re not that team.” No they are not the 2012 National Champions. There is only one team that will be those guys. The journey for this team will be to watch them grow into their own team with their own offense and defensive style. There are going to be bumps along the way but the upside is still there for them to become pretty good.

See a Motivational Speaker

When I heard the words “will to win” there is one player that comes to mind, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This team could use a pep talk from the warrior himself on what it takes to get the job done. Like in the final Four when UK needed a basket against the Cards, who was the man for the job? MKG needs to drop by Lexington ASAP and train this new generation of Cats on what it means to leave it all on the court. Other candidates could include Brandon Knight with his lecture on game winners and perseverance.  DeMarcus Cousins on Phone Numbers & Hostile Environments or Josh Harellson with his speech from Stalls to South Beach. This team needs to find the fire that former Cats had.


Cal said it earlier, there is no magic wand. This team has got to develop the will to win mentality because college basketball has shown a good amount of parity to this point in the year. If the Cats are going to become the team I believe they can the grit to win will need to shine through.


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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34 Comments for How to Develop the Will To Win

  1. Old_school
    9:43 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been thinking about Tom Crean’s experienced team a lot. A whole lot.

  2. Jack Knoff
    9:43 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    This team sux. Thay wil nevr hav the wil to win. Calupary shood be fired rite now becaus this team is so terribl. All of are recrutes fir next year wil prubably go somwheres else now. We need to bring in that feller at butler. Back to back champonship games. Hell Calupary ain’t never did that.

  3. BBNnashville
    9:58 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    There was no heart or passion from these kids today, their body language late in the game was terrible. Noel needs to stand under the goal and shoot layups for about 3 hours and all of them need to shoot free throws. We hit 10 free throws, game is over!

  4. UKHoopshysteria
    10:00 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    This site resembles tonight. With comments like #1 and #2 you goons are destined to be together.

  5. ONE EYE
    10:00 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    That guys beard looks like crap —–)

  6. Joe
    10:01 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    #4 Your sarcasm meter needs to be calibrated…just say’n.

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    10:02 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

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  8. Beep Boop
    10:03 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    4 – you are a genius. 2 is obviously making fun of the haters. You resemble your remark more than 2 does. Hahahha. Idiot.

  9. Chokecal
    10:05 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    HA!Another loss to a unranked team! lol Can you say OVERRATED??!! UK suck! lol

  10. Charlie Strong
    10:10 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    My ranked football team lost to un-ranked Syracuse and UConn. And we both know how those programs have a history of being football powerhouses.

  11. Chokecal
    10:17 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    #10..My football team is going to a BCS bowl, are you? Are you going bowling at all? At this rate your Bball team isn’t going to make it to the tourny..keep losing to unranked teams, UK sucks! lol

  12. Katdaddy
    10:17 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Ok cal we understand they don’t have the will to win yet. What we don’t understand is why are you keeping archie at point? Why haven’t they figured out how to play against the zone? I love cal and i know he’s the right coach for our program. What i don’t like about him is he only takes credit for wins. The majority of this shit is do to cal not knowing how to play these guys, but you will never hear him say that.

  13. Truth
    10:20 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Cal needs 5 to 7 NBA players or he is inept.

  14. Jack Knoff
    10:22 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    lol I was totally joking. I knew somebody would fall for it though.

  15. JKUK
    10:44 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    @12 what are you talking about? Did you watch the post game press conference? Cal took the blame for several things, including not knowing how to play the zone.

  16. UKHoopshysteria
    10:47 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    No i realized #2 was joking and its PLAYED out. Hence, the comment-genius.

  17. Chi-TownCat
    10:49 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Old school while you are thinking about Tom Crean ..why dont you think about his last championship….ooo wait..

  18. UKBlue
    10:49 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    With Ryan being out so long, Archie being a freshman – never running the point & then having to also try learning Cal offense on the fly, and Noel not getting on campus until late August; this lack of everything on offense & defense has to have been expected. We are going to be playing catch up for the rest of season, so we might as well get ready for it. Alex needs to light a fire under his ass to wake him up, the players need to learn how to run to the rim & stop standing around, Archie needs to slow the hell down-stop being a ball hog-stop taking so many out of control shots, Cal needs to start running more pick & roll screens to open up the lanes to the rim & open up 3 point looks, Noel & WCS need to stop with the little 2-3 foot shots & use their length & height to just dunk the ball. Everyone on the team has to shoot 100 free throws everyday after practice.

  19. NashCat
    10:52 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Jack Knopf-#2… You are a d-bag U of L fan, but nice try anyway. How sad your life must to post on another teams blog.

  20. Chi-TownCat
    10:53 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    #18 we as uk fans domt ask for much do we???.. i said the same thing earlier today l ol l

  21. Chi-TownCat
    10:55 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    #19 ..# 2 was being all the posts before you pass judgement…no offense just saying

  22. Jack Knoff
    10:57 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Not a u of l fan douche.

  23. UK Freshmen
    11:20 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    There is not a leader/manager in business that doesn’t have the responsibility for employee moral and attitude. Our coach is no different. If they don’t have the “will to win”, it is his fault. Quit blaming a bunch of 28 yr old kids. Do your job, Cal.

  24. Rae
    11:31 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    I know #2 was kidding, but he mentioned the Butler coach. In 7 or so years, when Cal decides to hang up his hat, I hope he is on our list and still at a lesser school. I think Orlando Antigua needs some HC experience before taking that role. Imagine what Brad Stevens could do with talent and a real budget. But of course, this is FAR into the future.

    I didn’t think you could teach competitiveness. I expected something like WCS’s quote. I think they got a little too caught up in their own hype. The break will be good for them with time to really buckle down.

    I have to say, the first All Access where someone was late to practice made me think something was up.

  25. Old_school
    11:39 pm December 1, 2012 Permalink

    17. Lol

  26. Old_school
    12:33 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    I was also thinking about the last time I was with Tom Crean…I was down on my knees and he was…oh well you know

  27. Old_school
    12:35 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hope I don’t die from fecal poisoning from kissing Tom Crean’s a$$ so much

  28. Old_school
    12:37 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    Tom Crean is such a great coach that he has never advanced beyond the Sweet Sixteen except for the one Duhwayne Wade year…other than that, he has flamed out early every year in the Tourny…

  29. UK Freshmen find another team please
    10:43 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    You are just a complete idiot!

  30. eastcoastcat
    10:44 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    Get RONDO and BOOGIE to come visit and teach these boys how to play tough, in your face b-ball.

  31. Truth Serum
    11:10 am December 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans are scum.
    Already Given Up on the season and talking about The Next Cats.
    Less than 8 months from title.

    What a miserable sad bunch.
    “Best fans in the country”…. Yeah right.

  32. Don Gordon
    12:09 pm December 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK needs the skill to win, not the will to win. I thought they played hard and competed but failed to consistently execute (offensive and defense) throughout the whole game

  33. eastcoastcat
    12:10 pm December 2, 2012 Permalink

    WHATEVER 31.
    GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Michael
    12:12 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think Louisville should team together Q Snider and D Hawkins. Awesome duo together I think being that both players will be representing Lou KY