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.”