If Kentucky’s performance vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania didn’t instill a lot of confidence in you for Tuesday’s game vs. Duke, you’re not alone. John Calipari said the season opener vs. the Blue Devils looks more daunting after his squad’s lackadaisical effort in their final tune up tonight.
“We’ve got a couple of days to prepare for this next one which is going to be a hard game. Now it appears it’s going to be even harder than I thought.”
Reid Travis and PJ Washington played well and Tyler Herro found his shot, but Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, and Quade Green had only eight points combined, a sign that Kentucky’s backcourt better wake up.
“I thought it was okay,” Cal said of the guard play. “I still think we have a couple of guys being a little anxious. And I tell them, you can be anxious or you can be excited. It’s about the same physiology. So why not be excited? Be excited about playing, not anxious about making this play or that play.”
All in all, Calipari chalked tonight’s performance up to Kentucky being — wait for it — everyone’s Super Bowl. If Kentucky wants to beat Duke, the Cats are going to have to step it up.
“I think we need a little more energy defensively compared to some of these teams and how we’re playing. We’re going to find out. The game Tuesday is going to be great for film to really watch and see who needs to work on what.”
“Like I said, after today, I think we’ve got a ways to go, but that was a good team. A team that beat Morehead and Joe’s right. No one wants to play them. Back in Pittsburgh, no one will play them. I don’t know why I played them, to be honest with you. I must have lost my mind.”