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John Calipari Sticks Up for the SEC

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Andy Katz started off his Monday morning 3-point shot with a little SEC support from John Calipari:

Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t want to hear about how the SEC does not have depth. Calipari was showing his conference pride late Saturday night in pumping up non-conference wins by Tennessee over Connecticut and Arkansas over Michigan. Meanwhile, Calipari does have some concerns about his Wildcats. He needs his team to be a bit more physical after Alabama pushed Kentucky quite a bit Saturday at Rupp Arena.

I don’t know who the scheduling genius is that swung two bottom tier SEC teams playing a top tier Big East and Big 10 team late in January, but that person needs a pat on the back. There was little to nothing to lose in either game. The Tennessee and Arkansas wins provided a huge face lift for a conference that hasn’t met expectations to this point in the season. The only question now will be what Kentucky’s final record will be after emerging from SEC play.

After seeing the Bama game, Coach Cal’s physicality concerns are valid and the addition of two road games this week with the mantle of a #1 ranking won’t make for easy sailing. This team has already proven that they can gut it out on the road in crunch time, however they’ll need more complete games away from Rupp to keep that zero in the SEC loss column.

Article written by Matthew Hays

8 Comments for John Calipari Sticks Up for the SEC

  1. jason
    1:44 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

  2. Caytstrodamus
    1:52 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If Tennessee was in the Big East theyd be like the 3rd best team.. And they suck. They’d beat all those bums at home just like Florida and Uconn.. The stokes kid is LEGIT. I wanted him to come to UK bad…

  3. Al's IndiCats
    2:08 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    LMAO #1, I have never heard of instructions for a fan to follow at a game. I wonder what will happen during the intros? During half time will they have attendents at the urnals to show them how to “not shake hands” after they’re done? So many questions……so few answers!

  4. warrior
    2:29 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hate Georgia with every fiber of my body.

    3:03 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    2 Road trips….we’ll see what’s what!!!!

  6. Regguy
    3:45 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Schools schedule out of confrence games….they write up contracts where they play each other. My problem with this site lately is all of these writers try to be witty and criticize people and too often have no idea what they are actually talking about. Just give us UK updates PLEASE

  7. Regguy
    3:48 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    When they sign contracts (for however many years, you play here we play there kind of thing) they don’t know what the other is going to be ranked down the road. No one is trying to screw anyone here.

  8. Blueburg
    4:04 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Other teams might be pushing us around but as long as we’re hitting shots when we need them and playing good defense, we can beat anybody in the nation. Having said that if we miss crucial shots and free throws and break down on defense then other teams aggressiveness will win out thru rebounds and getting us in foul trouble by driving the ball.