Coach Cal said he hit his team in the mouth on Sunday, one day after they failed to put away Vanderbilt the way Kentucky should put away Vanderbilt in 2014. He went to the tape and showed his players what they should’ve done to run away with an easy victory and what they did instead, which allowed Vanderbilt to hang around until the end.
“I think they were all, like, stunned,” he said of the players’ reaction to the “hitting of the mouth.”
Then he explained what that hitting of the mouth entailed:
“I just told them the truth. I just said, ‘Do you want me to BS you, or do you want me to tell you the truth?’ And it was kind of like ‘slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap, slap.’ It wasn’t just one guy. It was, like, everybody. And we were going to practice an hour because we traveled back, but practice went an hour and a half because of them. I told them part of our issue is the focus we have at times on that court. We just lose the — you have to have a sense of urgency and a sense of purpose on each possession, and we don’t always do it. Guys will stop, and they’re pointing to go guard their man who came off a screen, or stop playing and a guy back-cuts. We told them, ‘Vandy’s going to try to trick you into baskets, and they did.’ They probably got 20 points on trick. Just — get beat because they’re better than you; they executed. Not trick you into a layup or slip into a dunk. Those kind of things, which we had gone over. Obviously we didn’t have a whole lot of time, but you have to be focused. We’re not quite ready for that.”
Sounds like Sunday’s practice wasn’t a fun one.