Coming off the loss to Louisville, Kentucky came out of the gates at a full sprint vs. Ole Miss, putting in one of their most impressive halves of the season. John Calipari said as much after the game.
“We played really well today, guys,” Cal said. “The first half, that’s as good as we’ve played in a long while.”
As happy as Calipari was with the first half, he was as upset with the second.
“Then they came at us in the second half and I was a little bit upset with some of my guys because we got sloppy. What I’m trying to do with my team is discipline. We have to have discipline, and you saw in the second half when we didn’t and I went crazy, because it’s not the score, it’s — whether it be defense or offense — it’s the discipline that we don’t have right now.”
Up big, Kentucky took their foot off the gas and let Ole Miss cut the deficit to 16 points with 6:53 remaining. A few guys did a little showboating, which definitely didn’t help matters.
“We don’t have the discipline. We went back to a little bit of AAU. Like, we’re throwing look aways, cross courts. I’m like, what just happened? Who threw that ball? Why did you throw? ‘Well, he pointed.’ There was nothing there, why would you throw it? And then you threw it to him and he threw it to him and you threw it away. So, they don’t always, we’re not always — we’re young. All these freshmen, and it just makes it hard.”
Bam and Malik Monk seemed to draw Calipari’s ire the most with the AAU antics, which Cal said he and the staff have been trying to break them of in practice.
“It’s a process. We’re trying to get them to do what we’re working on [in practice] in games. They don’t always do that, they revert back to what they know and what they’ve been doing their whole lives and [Bam] does occasionally.”
Bam may have his moments, but Monk, who can do things normal humans just can’t, is the worst offender.
“Malik Monk, I had to get on him, he started with a step-back. I’m like, you’re not doing that. No. But I thought he played well.”
Just a cool 34 points. Nothing major.