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Calipari: Duke game going to be “harder than I thought”

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.”


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6 Comments for Calipari: Duke game going to be “harder than I thought”

  1. TBW3011
    10:15 pm November 2, 2018 Permalink

    Tip to Cal, we’ll be better off if you think less. ? Let the assistants coach. You just keep recruiting.

    • UKfanman01
      11:21 pm November 2, 2018 Permalink

      Tip to TBW3011 keep being a coach coach cause you’ve made so much more than Cal and hung more banners too

  2. UKfanman01
    11:24 pm November 2, 2018 Permalink

    ***couch (it auto corrected)

    • Alex90
      12:00 pm November 3, 2018 Permalink

      How about TBW goes and cheers for a better coach since he doesn’t like Cal. Anyone that says he can’t coach isn’t a UK fan

  3. Aar
    12:23 pm November 3, 2018 Permalink

    This wouldn’t be the first time Cal practiced the team hard leading in to a game against a lesser opponent in order to make them look like more of a work in progress for the upcoming equal opponent. Not saying that happened but the team did not look energetic against Transylvania’s or IUP.

    That IUP team executed like a well-coached mid-major and had the size of a small D1 program. Very impressed!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:22 pm November 5, 2018 Permalink

      How many times in SEC play have the games been close against crap teams but as soon as we play one of the other teams who could win the conference or at least the east Cal lets off the ebrake and blowout city shows up.