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Some weekend practice notes from

Oh, you said you wanted to stop talking about football and start talking about basketball? Sounds like a plan to me.

The basketball team was hard at work practicing this weekend, and Calipari used that time to experiment some with different line-ups. Calipari has mentioned a number of times that he will have a lot of different options with this group of players, even some options he has never been accustomed to having in the past. To see Calipari’s entire video with his thoughts and reactions from practice, click here. 

Here are some of the highlights:

– The team scrimmaged this morning for over an hour, and Calipari got the chance to do something he’s been waiting to do: line-ups

– “Every time I make a substitution this team is going to be drastically different…from Ryan at point guard to Archie at point guard. Totally different. From Alex at the four, to Kyle at the four. One is a stretch four, one is a pour four. To playing both big guys at a time.” Calipari tried it all today.

– Calipari says they are learning more and more about their team every day.

Calipari said the staff tried playing Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress all at the same time. The team gave up 3 offensive rebounds in a short stretch and Calipari said he went “bonkers.” Calipari says he can see them playing the 3 big guys all at once though.

Calipari liked the combination of Goodwin at the point guard with Julius Mays at the two guard. Called it a “dynamic” line-up.

– Calipari says if the team needs to play catch-up with an “active four,” they can play Poythress.

Calipari seems very excited about the different combinations and the different looks each can give. He sees the potential for tough match-ups for other teams to have to adjust to during the course of a game.

– Calipari was pleased with the practice and ended by saying,  “Foundations are being set and now we move forward.”


Although it’s early, it appears that the strength of this team might be versatility in creating match-up issues for other teams based on how they can change the line-up in so many ways. Calipari has always capitalized on creating match-up nightmares for other teams, whether they be on the offensive end of the defensive end. This team might give him the most options he’s had yet, with 7-8 players with a really diverse skill set they can bring to the game– at a number of different positions as well.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

19 Comments for Some weekend practice notes from

  1. Mike
    2:35 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s back back to talking football instead of BB smack. We need to either ditch the coach and his staff or try and ditch the Mitch. “A tale of two cities”…UL continues to climb in the polls and polish their bowl aspirations and UK continues to plummet to the sewer in college football and polish nothing more than the toilet bowl. This has got to be the lowest point EVER for UK football…if not it would be a serious challenger.

  2. Marshal Cogburn
    2:43 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think this can be a really versatile team if it has a solid 7th man. (Cal seems to usually stick with a 7 man rotation.) I’m hopeful that it could be Hood or Mays, but I think we’ll need to see them in real games before we can be sure. If he only has 6 he feels confident with, that would mean fewer combinations.

  3. eric
    2:50 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    this was pretty poorly written hah

  4. barn
    3:03 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    harrow’s name was conspicuously absent in cal’s report.

  5. Steady
    3:11 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    4. He mentioned Ryan quite a few times.

  6. bmt22033
    3:22 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    For those of you who watched the video, did anyone notice the ball that UK gave Cal celebrating his 500th career victory in the background? It would be funny if he put it there just to say “f*ck you” to the NCAA. 😉

  7. barn
    3:35 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    5–damn, must have had too many lime a ritas

  8. Mario
    3:36 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    At this point I’m convinced that Georgetown could be uk they are number one in the NAIA polls

  9. Mario
    3:37 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    In football that is

  10. Badams
    4:13 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    1, ditch Mitch? Are you stupid? Are you the same one that said that while Brooks had a rough start? If he would have been kicked to the curb there would be no Calipari, no Matthew Mitchell, the softball and baseball coaches wouldnt be around, and countless other programs would not be turning into conference and national contenders. I know most of you only care about football and basketball, and yes I realize they generate the most revenue, but it is an university…they want all their programs and athletes to be the best. He has done an outstanding job and we are lucky he is still here. After the crappy decision to burn Towles redshirt, I’d say Joker is out the door. No Brooks didn’t have much success in 3 years, but his decision making was nowhere near this terrible. I don’t think Mitch ever anticipated Joker being such a terrible decision maker because of his experience under Brooks. Joker will be gone. I just hope many of these young players don’t leave because we have some SEC caliber guys, Joker just couldnt develop them.

  11. moyockcat
    4:54 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    10, I agree 100%. Not sure why so many want to fire Mitch. UK football sux but for the most part we have always been a bottom dweller in football. Mitch has elevated all the other sports. I would like us to be more competitive in football and I think we all know (including Mitch) Joker is not the answer. Just don’t understand the get rid of Mitch talk. I have to assume it is young people that are not aware of our football history. If we get a new football coach and get competitive, someone will want to “far Mitch” cause our archery team sux.

  12. Pioneer
    5:03 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Joker is to blame but Mitch needs to step up and do something. Sure he has improved all of the Olympic sports, but the Billy G experiment could have cost him his job, had Calipari not solicited himself to MB. Joker is strike number 2 for Mitch. He needs to get something done with football, and I dont care how bad UK football has traditionally been. Mitch needs to get real and ditch Joker!

  13. bluetooth
    5:33 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    7 barn …. those lime a ritas are great , but kinda pricy

  14. okay
    6:07 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    Idk what our starting five is going to be… but i think the best five to have on the court is archie, mays, alex, noel, cauley.. i love wiltjer but hes a little slow on d.. I’d say him and ryan are the 6 -7 man rotation.. i cant wait for another great season of bb… on football idek what to say besides i love my cats no matter what… i hate to see us play how we have bein we need a huge change and fast #bbn #gocats

  15. Jb cruse
    6:15 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    MB is a caretaker!

  16. Duke Sucks
    8:07 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    #10 you are 100% right. Mitch has done a great job at UK ,he’ll even football had its greatest run under him. Joker has been a major fail. That said hiring Joker was the right choice at the time I think. Joker was very well thought of at that time and the only reason he was named HCIW was because other schools had contacted him about being a HC or OC. It’s easy to look back now and judge the hire but Mitch doesn’t have that privilege. When Joker was hired for better od worse we had ti give hin 3 years hence the 4 years contract, which in collage football for all purposes is a 3 year deal.
    I do wish Matt would have a blog to show how in economic times like these it is really about impossible to update our facilities . I get sick os hearing all these people acting like all Mitch has to do is right a check and fix everything over night. I would like to see how title 9 dictates how money is spent.

  17. for the 100th time...
    10:23 pm October 28, 2012 Permalink

    16 – dude, its collEge.

  18. SamKat
    6:13 am October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I am so happy that Coach Cal is here and that he has put this staff into place.

    Crazy Cat Fan that I am, I would go at least ten deep and Polson and Hood would definitely play some minutes.

  19. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    9:04 am October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Hood will be part of the rotation if he can play defense well enough.