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More notes from Cal’s teleconference

Here are some more notes from Cal’s pregame teleconference this morning:

— Cal called his team a “mid-November team” that “will be right 30% of the time and wrong 70% of the time.” It’s November 12th, so that makes a lot of sense.

— If Harrow doesn’t travel to Atlanta (AKA if he doesn’t practice today), Cal has “all the confidence in the world” in Jarrod Polson, who looked spectacular on Friday night. That comes as no surprise to Cal: “I watch him go against some of the best players in the country every day.”

— Cal also said that he’s prepared to play Jon Hood and Twany Beckham (who’s coming back from a back injury) as well if needed.

— Why did Cal schedule two huge games this early in the season? “I need to learn about my team right away because we’re so young. It’s either we win or we learn.”

— Kentucky did not respond well to Maryland’s size, namely Alex Len. It won’t get any easier tomorrow night, when the Cats face Mason Plumlee, who scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Duke’s win over Georgia State on Friday. In fact, Cal praised Plumlee for his improvement over the summer, telling reporters that he’s fronting guys better defensively. Hear that, Nerlens?

— One reason the Cats were able to beat Maryland was the Terrapins’ inability to make shots, which Cal said won’t happen against Duke. “They’ll go inside to Plumlee and have a bunch of three-point shooters.”

— Rebounding, rebounding, rebounding. Cal was understandably frustrated and surprised with the Cats’ poor effort on the glass, which resulted in 28 offensive rebounds for the Terps. “I thought we were so big and long, we’ll be able to rebound.”

— The crowd on Friday night was mostly Maryland fans, which Cal said helped fire his team up. He expects a similar environment in Atlanta.

On Julius Mays’ eye injury: Cal said that Mays’ eye “closed up on him, and so we’re trying to see what that means.” I think that calls for some rec specs.

Beat Duke.

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17 Comments for More notes from Cal’s teleconference

  1. wakecat
    10:58 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Get Mick to cut Mays’ eye.

  2. burger
    11:01 am November 12, 2012 Permalink



  3. Ted Nugent
    11:06 am November 12, 2012 Permalink


  4. RealCatsFan
    11:07 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Seems like we had a lot of rebounds that we were in position to grab, but could not corral the ball – I saw at least five of them slip through players hands. Also, I recall last year’s team having some early rebounding issues on the defensive glass, simply because out inside players were all going for the block instead of blocking out. This is a gamble, and when they don’t get the block and the shot is missed, the offensive team has the advantage for the rebound. Cal made some adjustments to correct this issue last year, and I am confident he will again make the necessary changes for this year’s team. GO CATS!

  5. Puke Sucks
    11:41 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t care how much 10,000 Maniacs you play, Puke and Coach Rodent will always suck.

  6. Kalenna
    11:44 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    I sure hope that Poythress doesn’t become stagnate and need to be coaxed, cajoled, nagged, etc. to play hard like Kalenna Azubuike. Tubby was always saying, “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”. And it wasn’t until very late in Kalenna’s career that he started to put forth the fire and passion required at this level.

    We were spoiled by MKG. I sure hope we’ll see rapid improvement, otherwise Poythress will underachieve massively this year and we’ll not reach our team potential.

  7. SexnNursinHomes
    11:45 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Slay dook, Pillage durham.

  8. nassau65
    11:46 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    There is no other team i despise more than the Dook floppers, but i think they take this one. It hurts to say that, but i’d rather lose now than in March. I think a loss might not be a bad thing at this point, but i just hate it’s possibly gonna be dook.

  9. Block Party
    11:49 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    4: I’ve never understood Cal’s fixation on blocks. Much more effective is good D, blocking out, disupting the shot. Who the hell cares if you block a shot?? That’s a stupid goal and measurement. The REAL goal is making the opponent miss. So therefore, the real goal should be a lower shooting percentage AND solid defensive rebounding to eliminate second/third chance points.

    But Cal seems to focus on blocking. Let me give you a story. I RARELY block somebody’s shot, but my man rarely scores. On the other hand, I know guys who can block shots, but their man scores much more than my man. So who would you rather have playing defense: me or the shot blocker? No brainer.

  10. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    11:49 am November 12, 2012 Permalink

    By looking at this team with Poythress’s size along with the twin towers I never expected this team to be so soft. And boy are they, 6’3″ guards were pulling boards away from our bigs not just Len. Also Wiltjer was our second half scoring threat, the only one who had it going glad he was benched from 14 minutes to go until 3 while not being in foul trouble. Team showed a flash of how good they could be in the first half but also showed how young and dumb they are.
    So here ya go, Archie – shoot less, shoot less dumb shots too. Alex – shoot more, do more. Mays- please stop jacking 3’s, play less. Kyle- shoot more, play more. Nerlens- learn to get post position and don’t leave your feet all the time, cant block them all. Willie CS- be more aggressive, both ends. Harrow- learn to play. Polson- hope it wasn’t all luck cuz we’ll probably need it again. Hood- hope you never see the court.
    Cats win by 2.

  11. bigabes4uk
    12:31 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t understand the comment about how there were mostly Maryland fans there Friday and he expects the same type of environment tomorrow? It will be a sea of blue in Catlanta – and it won’t even be close as to who has the most fans there. We should outnumber all the other teams almost 3-1.

  12. kentuckyjoe
    12:45 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    10 – you’re so insightful. What are you doing wasting your talents in the comments section? You’re destined for much better things. Maybe you could catch on with the Herald Leader.

  13. barn
    1:10 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    8–i’m afraid you’re right if we play like we did against mland. but cal & coaches have had 3 days to work some things out. i wouldn’t die if we lost this game, being just nov, but i sure would feel like it.

  14. greg
    1:32 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    The injury/illness bug seems pretty rampant so far this season. With such a thin roster, let’s hope this doesnt continue. At least these issues are all acute thus far (knocking on wood right now). Hope we can put together a solid performance tomorrow night. Love to see Polson doing well, but don’t want to have to put it all on him.

  15. Please No
    1:33 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    “Cal also said that he’s prepared to play Jon Hood…”

    Ugh. You lost me.

  16. team turmoil
    1:45 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    14 – Agree. I have never liked Cal’s approach to scholarships. Its hard to question him since he’s the best recruiter of studs and NBA talent in the country, but wish we had a little more depth that wasn’t consumed with players who came in as walk-ons.

  17. JBR
    3:00 pm November 12, 2012 Permalink

    Cal always says he will play Hood, but never does…he hates Hood for some reason.