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Calipari Encouraged, “We’re in the right direction.”


After Kentucky buried South Carolina at home, the Cats hit a little skid, losing three of four.  A “little skid” might be giving their defensive struggles too much credit.  The Cats surrendered 82 points per game through five games, leading into Saturday’s win over Alabama.  John Calipari knows they still have a long way to go, but he likes what his team is doing.

“It took us three weeks to get in this position.  (It’s) Probably going to take us three weeks to get out of it,” Calipari said on tonight’s call-in show.  “We’re still not all the way back, but we’re in the right direction.”

There’s a lot of things on his list the teams still needs to improve.  After preaching defense for weeks, tonight he stressed the importance of being able to play with pace.  Just like the 2012 National Championship team, these guys can fly, but the 2012 team wouldn’t have won it all if they didn’t know how to slow it down and grind out a victory.

“Our weapon is our speed, so we gotta get out and go, but we gotta recognize when it’s not there.” He added, “Speed is a weapon but have to be able to do both.”

The good news: there’s plenty of time to right the ship.

“I’m encouraged because I’m looking at where this is going…We still have a month to get this right.”

Article written by Nick Roush

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

16 Comments for Calipari Encouraged, “We’re in the right direction.”

  1. Luether
    7:43 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Noticed that Cal is not screaming “Don’t foul, don’t foul” nearly as much now as he once was. Unfortunately, this was incorrectly interpreted as “Don’t play defense, don’t play defense” by several of his young players…

    • catsarerunnin
      7:59 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Figure that one out yourself or that come from your “sources”?

    • runningunnin.454
      8:05 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      The “little voices” in his head are all-knowing.

    • AGSlater
      8:39 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Come on now. Dont mess with my cats!!!

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:08 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football

    • AGSlater
      9:36 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      That Slater guy is real. Saying a 2-10 football team was bad in 2013 and pointing out our bad basketball teams. Keep it real AG!

    • Eazy
      12:00 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

      You said we’d continue to suck in football. Last year we won 4 SEC games and went to a decent bowl. That’s way better than schools like Kansas, IU, etc. Stoops is getting it done. And last years team that was headed to the NIT ended up being a 4 seed. Lol. Cal has been to 4 final fours in 7 years and people still complain. Pathetic.

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:42 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      LOL. Like when you called for us to go the NIT last year? Keep up the good work, troll.

  2. jim tom
    9:30 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Yo big bored. Your genius like qualities never cease to amaze me. Dumbass

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:33 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Whatever, troll.

      I know its a lot of words and there’s no pictures, and that makes it tough for you, but maybe you should read his comments. Dumbass.

  3. jim tom
    9:33 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    You sure are one wired cat

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:41 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      You’re the one that goes by “jim tom”. Did you Aunt Mom or Uncle Dad name you?

  4. jim tom
    9:33 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink


    • UK Big Board Update
      9:46 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      You should learn basic punctuation.

    • BigBlue37
      10:14 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      You should learn how to not be a f*ckin tool and get a life…

    • UK Big Board Update
      10:43 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Please read the comments I posted that AGSlater left. He put it on a public forum. I’m just reminding everyone.

      And trust me, my life is great. 😉