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Calipari Believes UK Needed to “Get Rocked” by LSU

I wish I had the skills to photoshop John Calipari flipping like John Marsh.

Immediately after Tuesday’s home loss to LSU, John Calipari was disappointed in the outcome.  Two hours later he sent his players a different message.

It’s tough losing, but we needed this,” he told his team in a text message.

“People were moving in the wrong direction and not listening to what we were saying.  I said it’s not only our team.  We went from the best defensive team in the country to giving up layups.  How does this happen?  To giving up baskets, to not rebounding — We’re playing a half, and in the second half not playing.  How does that happen?

“Most of it’s mental and most of it becomes what I talked about eight, nine days ago: there becomes an arrogance when you’re winning.  We kind of got away from what makes us good, including individual players.  Hopefully that’s a great lesson going into this game.  I hate losing, but if you need to get rocked, then so be it.”

Kentucky looked like one of the most dominant teams in the country in the first half at Mississippi State and in the second half at Florida.  Even though they were far from perfect for significant portions of those games, Kentucky was still good enough to win.  That didn’t cut it against a good LSU team.

“I saw it coming,” Calipari said at Friday’s press conference.  “I think you almost have to get knocked in the mouth and take a loss.”

After taking an eight-point lead into the halftime locker room, LSU knocked Kentucky in the mouth to start the second half.  Despite that setback, he believes his team can turn it around after fighting for a win in the final minutes.

“There is a lot of growth left in us and a lot of it’s a confidence that if you’re going to be one of the last teams standing, you have a confidence. I loved how we finished the game against LSU. We finished with confidence.  You can’t only be confident when you’re desperate.  You gotta play that way and young teams, it takes time.”

To beat the No. 1 team in America, Calipari’s players must respond to LSU’s punch with urgency and confidence for 40 minutes.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

18 Comments for Calipari Believes UK Needed to “Get Rocked” by LSU

  1. secrick
    4:29 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

    REBOUNDING will decide it.

    • DelrayCat
      5:08 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. With UK the rest of the season, Rebounding and Defense are the key. This team gonna make shots and hit their free ones most nights.

    • J. Did
      6:13 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      LSU had steals plethoral. Need to cut that. Need better D absolutely. And block out and rebound – no question. LSU had their way all day. And still won by a goal tend. Gotta hi the free throws. Gotta drive to the hole; get the opponent in foul trouble.

    • Luether
      12:03 am February 16, 2019 Permalink

      DEFENSE will decide it…

    • Luether
      12:06 am February 16, 2019 Permalink

      AND Free Throws…

  2. BigolBlue
    4:50 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

    Such a Cal excuse for gettinflg outcoached by Wade

    • shelby
      4:53 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink


    • catsarerunnin
      8:58 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t insult idiots everywhere by calling this buffoon an idiot.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:00 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      idiot is being too kind.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:01 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      BigolDeuche would have to get much smarter to qualify as an idiot.

    • ClutchCargo
      5:02 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      ^ says the guy who can’t spell. Doh!

    • 4everUKblue
      5:10 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink


    • friendsofcoal
      5:16 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      You guys drive me nuts by responding to these idiots. Would you PLEASE start ignoring them?!

    • J. Did
      6:15 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Good coaches use opportune games like that to see how kids respond. The CATS fought. It was valuable battle. If we had won, we’d have learned the same lessons. Move on. Use it for the rest of the season as motivation.

    5:30 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

    If it propels you toward another long streak, right into the tourney, sure….but if you lose a few more down the stretch, and drop to a 4-7 seed, the LSU loss obviously did you no good.

  4. michaelb
    8:07 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

    Bigolblue only exists because people reply to the stupidest of stupidest comments by him. I’m not sure who’s more stupid at this point . Him or the people getting riled up by him

    • BigolBlue
      9:13 pm February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Yep. Thanks mike. 1 title 10 years

    • 4everUKblue
      12:11 am February 16, 2019 Permalink

      Anyone remember last season when BigolSlaterMedic was using BigBlueNationDude? He hasn’t gotten any smarter since then.