Kentucky Basketball is on a Tennessee vacation but with road games in Nashville and Knoxville in place of Dollywood and the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The team left Lexington on Sunday—three nights before tomorrow’s game at Vanderbilt—to get ahead of the weather, and they won’t return to the Bluegrass until Saturday evening following a game against the Tennessee Vols.
Looking out his hotel window at the snow falling in Nashville, John Calipari told his Monday radio show listeners, “I’m not sure we would’ve been able to get here to play the game.”
Checked in earlier than planned, Calipari said the staff is using the extra down time with the players to hold individual meetings and expanded film sessions, among other team activities to keep everyone engaged.
Assistant coach Brusier Flint filled in for Calipari on Tuesday’s pre-Vanderbilt game press conference and he said being away for an entire week isn’t too difficult. The players, they’re from the stay-inside generation anyway.
“These kids today—it’s not like the old days where you went outside—these kids today plug up stuff on their TV and they can entertain themselves, believe me, for hours on end without being outside,” Flint told the media.
Flint also noted the importance of practicing while on the road, and said Monday’s practice at Vanderbilt was good.
“We have to keep focusing until we play tomorrow,” he added.
The Cats and ‘Dores tip off Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Maybe they can bring back the old Super Smash Bros. tradition for hotel bonding? That seemed to work well for the 2014-15 team.