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.