It’s one of the many great screen grabs from last night’s game.
— “Good road win. It’s our first road win.” That’s how John Calipari opened his pre-Texas A&M press conference Friday afternoon. From there, he was critical of his team’s rebounding against Vanderbilt, specifically on the offensive end. He said they gave no effort to go and get balls off their missed shots. “We gotta change,” he added. “You’re not going to win in this league if you’re giving up 20 offensive rebounds and then not attempting to offensive rebound.”
— Cal said he knew Kevin Stallings would throw the zone on them so he spent all week working on it. “And that’s what it looked like,” he said of their performance against the zone in the game. “I don’t know what we worked on but it wasn’t the right thing.”
— Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game against Texas A&M, Cal said the Aggies are very physical, big and strong. He called them a post-up team and he expects them to go after Kentucky’s big men. He also spoke highly of Elston Turner, saying he’s as good as you’ll find in the SEC. Turner is averaging just over 15 points per game this season.
— So how much of the focus in today’s practice was on Texas A&M? “We’re not worried about A&M, I’m worried about my team.”
— Calipari didn’t let up on the criticism of Kyle Wiltjer’s defense after bashing him in last night’s postgame press conference. He said if Kentucky were to go soon with Wiltjer in the game, he’d have to play the middle because teams would take advantage of him on the wing. “Now, what do you think they’ll do if we put him in the middle of the zone? It’s hard.”
— In football news, it’s a huge weekend on the recruiting front as there are a ton of visitors in town. It looks like two of the stars from the group, Asiantii Woolard and Ra’shaad Samples, are enjoying themselves already:
— Asiantii Woulard (@Asiantii_2) January 11, 2013
Come on down?
— Matt and I were joined by Eli Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart on this morning’s radio show. President Capilouto stopped by the studio in the first hour to discuss yesterday’s big announcement, and then Barnhart called in during Hour 2 to give his thoughts on what it means for the future of UK athletics. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.