After letting Hofstra get as close as three with four minutes left in the first half, Kentucky finally turned on the jets, going on a 12-0 run to close the half. From there, the rout was on, but John Calipari was frustrated by his team’s lack of effort on defense and on the boards. Hofstra outrebounded Kentucky 45-41 and put up 73 points on the #6 team in the country. Not good.
“We’re not trying to steal balls, we’re not trying to steal their dribble. So why would you reach in and foul? We did it eight times today. You can’t do that in a real game. I say a real game, I mean a top 20 team when the game is a six-point game and you’re letting them go to the foul line when you’re struggling to score? Come on, can’t do it.”
Calipari seemed most frustrated by his bigs, who seemed to shrink from the opportunity rather than embrace it.
“We’ve got a ways to go,” Cal said. “I tried to play big today, I’d like to be able to play Isaac or Sacha with Bam, but it’s just not looking good right now. It doesn’t look like they can be out there. I talked to them after about confidence. If you don’t have confidence playing for us, even if I get on you. I’m not taking you out because of a missed shot or a turnover. I’m taking you out because you’re not coming up with balls, you’re breaking down defensively, you’re not fighting, you’re coming out for that. You’re not coming out for a skill, it’s all on effort.”
Camp Cal couldn’t come at a better time.