Tonight was the Isaiah Briscoe show but John Calipari is more concerned about the play from the power forwards.
“We gotta get better defensively. These high-level games, you’re not winning those games unless you’re guarding and rebounding,” Calipari said after the game.
Kentucky out-rebounded Canisius 39-36, but gave up 14 offensive rebounds. He attributes that to poor play from the power forwards.
“We just can not have one position that’s not guarding, and not playing the way they should,” he said. “If you’re not rebounding, I’m not playing ya.”
Cal will group Wenyen Gabriel with Derek Willis and Sacha Killeya-Jones with Isaac Humphries. With comparable offensive games, he will play whoever is defending and rebounding.
“Make em fight it out. Let’s go,” he said. “You either gotta catch up or step aside.”
Cal doesn’t believe he’s getting too impatient with his players just two games into the year, he’s just doing what he’s always done.
“I just gotta keep telling myself that this is a process because sometimes I’m coaching them like they’ve been here two years. But I’ve always done that and it’s worked.”