John Calipari’s Kentucky teams have not performed well in Gainesville. In fact, Coach Cal’s teams have a losing record when playing at Florida with four wins and five losses in the O’Connell Center.
He knows the series history and the difficulty of playing there better than anyone, which is why he described the atmosphere his Cats will see tomorrow as “a madhouse,” when previewing the game Friday afternoon.
“We’re going to go into a madhouse,” he said. “We’ve done it. It’s been a hard place for us to play.”
As for what he expects out of the opposing team on Saturday, Cal is bracing his team for a barrage of three-point attempts from the Gators. If they’re hitting them, it will be tough to avoid a sixth loss at Florida on his resume.
“They make shots there,” Cal told reporters. “They’re shooting — the last five games — thirty three-point shots a game. They may shoot thirty-five. And if they make twenty, it’s been a nice little run, who do we play next?”
“They’re shooting them,” he said again. “If they’re on fire and making them, it’s going to make it hard for us.”
Cal also noted that, even though Florida’s record is 12-8 this season, it is a team that had Tennessee, the first-place team in the conference, down in the second half.
“They had them down seven, eight, nine, and then with a minute and a half to go it was anybody’s ball game, so they’re that good.”
“They play. They throw a little 1-2-2 out there. They throw a little 1-3-1 out there. They’ll throw a little 3-2 zone out there. They’ll play.”
It sounds like he’s expecting a battle in Florida’s “madhouse.”