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John Calipari after the scrimmage: “We aren’t as good as everyone’s trying to say we are. I’m good with that.”

John Calipari took a few minutes to answer some questions following the Blue/White game tonight. The biggest theme? This team is young. This team is inexperienced. This team has a long, long way to go. But most importantly, John Calipari is okay with that. “We’re not as good as everyone’s trying to say we are. I’m good with that. It’s October 24th and we’re playing like October 15th.”

Calipari continued to bring up the fact that his team has scrimmaged for a grand total of 12 minutes (Big Blue Madness) so far this season. Even though they’ve been spending time together practicing, this was the first time the team has played 5 on 5 since Madness. “How can you scrimmage if they don’t know how to play yet? If you let them just play, you’re telling them it’s okay to play that way. That’s not my style.”

Calipari alluded to the fact that many of his young players are still adjusting to the fitness level required to play at this level in comparison to their high school and AAU days. “We do have great kids. But they were always the best player. They could take time off– two possessions, three possessions and get away with it. You can’t do that stuff anymore. It’s tough. It’s tough playing here.”

At the end of the day, Calipari knows the road ahead is a long one for his very young team, but hopes that with each passing month– the strides will be evident not only to him, but to the fans as well.

We’ll be fine. We lost a whole team. We are what we are right now. I hope in a month you watch us play and say, ‘man they really got better.'”

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

19 Comments for John Calipari after the scrimmage: “We aren’t as good as everyone’s trying to say we are. I’m good with that.”

  1. Matt Jones
    10:39 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I sure do enjoy sausage logs given to me by men from Boone’s Butcher Shop.

  2. Some Guy in Kentucky
    10:48 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN2 will show UK All- Access show 1 and 2 from 11pm-12am est tonight.

  3. 2020
    10:56 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I love the BBN prognosticators hitting the message boards after a scrimmage. Reminds me of all the people i.e. JonesReturns writing how soft Anthony Davis looked in exhibition games, how he was being shoved around and that he was not an SEC-caliber center. Tonight was a practice – that’s all. I’m going to bed. Wake me up on Nov 13.

  4. I'm Batman
    10:56 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone else feel bad for harrow when he was talking about Cal yelling at him? Seemed like a kid who just wants his dad to be proud of him.

    11:06 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    #5, yeah but he didn’t say that from the bathroom stall…that’s key.

    11:07 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    ^^ sorry, #4…

  7. [email protected]
    11:07 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    #3. Yeah I remember the game last year with Transy. The Cats struggled for a while and a much shorter player for Transy got a couple lose balls / rebounds around A. Davis and I thought A. Davis needs to bulk up. As the season progressed we saw a 6’11 freak, block shots, dunk, steal, hit runners, floaters, post ups and even 3s. In short, A Davis absolutely dominated the landscape of college basketball leading us to the promise land. I don’t know if Noel will be that good or if this team can win it, but there is a ton of talent out there and they will get better as the year progresses.

  8. ESPN Insider
    11:18 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    For those w/o Insider subscription: Evaluating hot-seats in college football…

    They say GONE:

    3. Joker Phillips, Kentucky Wildcats
    A win against Georgia last week might have helped, but it’s instead another disappointing loss. There are some potential wins left on the schedule — Missouri, Vanderbilt, Samford and Tennessee remain — but it’s hard to see the Wildcats getting any more than one or two of those. And a two- or three-win regular season won’t be enough when 11-14 in two seasons is what had Phillips in hot water before the year began.

    This all along is where I’ve had a hunch Petrino could land. With John Calipari and the basketball program as the top dog in town, hiring Petrino isn’t nearly as big of a risk — or news item — as it would be at a place like Auburn.

    Some say he wouldn’t go there because of his history at Louisville. Well, he’d probably prefer to work, wouldn’t he? Petrino might hold out for a better job, but he could probably win — seven- or eight-a-year level of winning — in Lexington.

    If Kentucky isn’t interested in pot-stirring, maybe it looks at the same mid-level pool as BC. Dykes, if he’s interested, would be an excellent hire. He might be able to do better, too. Kentucky is a tough job, though at least the pressure is relatively low. (Phillips might disagree with that last point.)

  9. ESPN Insider
    11:18 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Thank God basketball season is here…

  10. Ukgrad93
    11:24 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone know if blue white will be repeated on TV? DVR wasn’t set.

  11. Duke Sucks
    1:09 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you #8. Hope they are right.

  12. kyboy415
    2:32 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m getting really tired of Cal beating this team up.. if they have a long ways to go thats fine but don’t tell them everyday “their not that good” its bullshit!! we understand this isn’t last years team!!

  13. TampaCat
    5:48 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Cal, “Just coach your team.” Get rid of the camera’s.

  14. Some Guy in Kentucky
    7:42 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Fox South will replay the Blue-White game at 9am-11am est today.

  15. dgtuk
    7:59 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kyboy: Gee I “think” Cal knows what he is doing. No doubt there are and have been plenty of people telling them how good they are throughout their careers.
    The notion that Cal is “beating them up” is silly. I think they can handle some constructive criticism…that is how you get better and Cal has a great track record of helping players develop.

    By contrast, Billy G “beat players up”.

  16. Wildcats Dominate
    8:27 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    The people on here like 12 questioning Cal crack me up. We won a National Championship last year with this man as our coach. And you want to tell him how he should run his team?

    If you haven’t noticed Cal tells each team what they need to hear to get better, not what he honestly thinks. He uses the media and the press to motivate his players and team. He isn’t out there doing interviews for the likes of us.

    Elite Eight, Final Four and National Championship. Yeah, I think I can trust him.

  17. Will S
    11:22 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    The inexperience and youth is the main reason I am still picking Duke to beat UK on November 13th in Atlanta. 77-72. Plumlee is so much more physical and polished than Noel or WCS. They are obviously better NBA prospects but we’re talking about their 2nd career college game, in a huge, hostile environment. Poythress will be tough to contain because of his strength and athleticism, but look for 6’8″ swingman Alex Murphy to do a decent job on him. Not to mention, Coach K simply doesn’t lose early, non-conference neutral site games. (See: Maui, Madison Square Garden).

  18. Viren
    11:30 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I think Cal is down playing how good this team going to be, just to get these young guys to understand that they have a long way to go. I do think after few games under their belt they will find their identity. Sky is the limit for this team. We may stumble early in the season but they will learn from their mistakes.

  19. mtodduk08
    3:23 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I still think we will beat Duke although they did not look like a solid unit playing together I think they will by the time that game gets here, I dont believe they have even been playing 5 on 5 at all and honestly right now I dont know who the starting 5 would even be, I would think WCS,Noel,Goodwin,Poythress,and Harrow with Wiltjer and Mays coming in real fast. I almost look at Mays to try and fill the role of Miller-Lamb everyone wants to know where the offense is coming from we will score down low but I really think Mays,Goodwin,and Wiltjer is a very good oustide scoring threat cant wait to see!!!