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Cal Preaches Confidence on his Call-In Show


Cal was proud of his team’s effort last night in Gainesville, but he’s not satisfied.  The guards stepped up, but he wants the team to play with more confidence.

“I got to get them to do more than they think they can do.  That’s how they break though confidence-wise.  The other way is to put them in positions where they can have success,” Calipari said.

If they continue to play with confidence, they’ll do fine in the big tournament.  He’s trying to get them ready, but also get the best seed in the best region they can.

“That’s what we’re playing for,” Calipari said.  “Your seed matters. T he better your seed, the more chance you have to advance.  The numbers historically show that.”

He’s doing it by throwing in “The Tweak.”  He mentioned that he’s done two or three things, but never got into specifics, insisting it had nothing to do with Skal.  Skal earned his starting spot in practice.  He hopes that Skal can do that 15 minutes a game and continue to build on his performance.

One might say that Skal played with some swagger.  When postseason play starts up, he wants to see an entire team with swagger.


“If you’re playing against eight, it really doesn’t matter.  You’ve got a swagger like ‘We’re gonna beat all eight of you, it doesn’t matter.’  We’re not quite there.  We started, we started.  We had a couple guys step up and play with confidence.  Now we need a team full of guys to do that.”

A little shot at the refs?  If the team doesn’t have swagger yet, at least their coach does.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Cal Preaches Confidence on his Call-In Show

  1. rainman
    6:58 pm March 2, 2016 Permalink

    I’m not sure we’ve had to play against 8, (as of yet), but since SEC play started playing against 6 or 7 has been a common theme!


  2. 2thepoint
    7:37 pm March 2, 2016 Permalink

    If other refs don’t call them out for wrong calls they are just as guilty

  3. leon singleton
    8:17 pm March 2, 2016 Permalink

    I think there is a code by the SEC that wants the referees to keep Kentucky from winning the conference all the time. Its spread the wealth around thing.

  4. damage_control
    8:30 pm March 2, 2016 Permalink

    My favorite comment ever- “I’m Catholic and I say to hell with the pope”!!!! Bwahahahaha!! Jesus Christ man you’re a real thinker. This is why Donald Trump loves the “poorly educated” so much!

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:30 am March 3, 2016 Permalink

      There’s plenty of ’em…..

  5. Wildcat Sheli
    11:43 pm March 2, 2016 Permalink

    I just noticed this on the Sirmons page over at bigbluehistory, explaining the T and ejection at South Carolina: “John Calipari [2 – ejected] for asking Doug Sirmons not to call game like he did Kansas game (aka the most lopsided game by PF & FTA margin in the Calipari era at UK).”

  6. Patjoco
    11:54 am March 3, 2016 Permalink

    When I watch some ACC games the refs seem to do a better job of staying out of the way and letting the players play the game of basketball and not calling every nit picking call like they do in the SEC
    and the games don’t get out of hand…….it’s much more entertaining watching the games because there’s not a stoppage every 13 seconds.

    take the whistles out of your mouth and let them play the game until there’s a real foul