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Calipari: “If you think there’s no chance that we will revert, you’re crazy”

Don’t tell John Calipari his team’s turned the corner. Kentucky’s riding a three-game winning streak right now, but the memories of the four-game slide that preceded it are still very present in Calipari’s mind.

“If you think there’s no chance that we will revert, you’re crazy,” Calipari said. “You’re crazy. There’s a chance that we could revert. Let’s hope these guys learned a lesson and they didn’t like how that felt and they’re going to come out and play.”

Tomorrow night, the Cats will take on an Ole Miss team tied for last in the SEC with an interim head coach. That wasn’t enough for Calipari to rule out another face plant.

“We have a game coming up that it’s not the game, it’s us. (Mississippi) is good enough to beat us. They beat Missouri at Missouri. They had Tennessee – they lost by eight – and now they are coming here and a chance to play in Rupp. I know they are good enough to beat us. I’m worried about where are we. Have we learned or will we revert?”

Warnings and disclaimers aside, Calipari did admit that practice is much more pleasant these days.

“I’m not fighting guys everyday. I’m enjoying walking into practice. I can shorten practice now. They’re not fighting me. What do you want me to do? Every once in a while, a guy will revert and I’ll say, don’t do that. You’re playing too well. Don’t go back to where you were.”

The biggest change? Guys understand they must play together to win and they’re enjoying doing it, especially on defense.

“They want to win. The thing that they did not understand and hear is, if you don’t do this together you’re not going to have any fun. If you’re not going to do it together you cannot win against teams that are going to play like teams. Then when you’re losing it’s no fun. And then when you’re not enjoying playing with each other you’re really miserable.

“The biggest thing, too, on the flipside is this team now is beginning to enjoy defense. And if you enjoy defense and you’re playing together, you basically can’t wait for the next game to come up. I’m happy with their progress and what they’re doing.”

The difference in Kentucky’s play a month ago to now is nowhere more apparent than Calipari himself. He admitted as much.

“It tired me out this year. You see I’m getting my second wind. You watch me, I’m whistling and skipping in there now. But it’s not – I was dragging about three weeks ago.”



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Calipari: “If you think there’s no chance that we will revert, you’re crazy”

  1. Wildcat Sheli
    5:17 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    Yay, swaggy Cal! The man did have a bout with the flu, as did a number of players, around that losing streak. Now that everyone’s healthy, should be a fun March. Go Cats!

  2. omegagavin
    5:23 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    He won’t have to call me crazy.

  3. nicky
    5:45 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    I was thinking man, I don’t wanna have to wait until next season to make a run…now at least it’s looking more like a possibility

    Thanks for the write up

  4. BigBlueNationDude
    5:46 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    I agree with Cal. The ppl here are scratching their heads and wiping their glasses.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:27 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      You still mad boytoy?

    • Booby Petrino
      8:02 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      I saw your boyfriend’s comment last night. Sorry to hear about your problems. You’re a real jerk on here but I wish you nothing but the best in life, so hopefully you guys work things out. Best of luck.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      9:21 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      We settled things and yes Im mad. Angry even.

    • UK Big Board Update
      8:29 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      LOL. Duke lost to VT last night. Hes still mad.

    • catsarerunnin
      9:11 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

      Well dude is a glass wipe from way back.

  5. wyatts1
    6:28 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    I still wanna see Richards put together a good game or two before I get to excited, but I’m loving that diallo had a good game and I’m gonna enjoy what’s left of this grind. We have a good/great team, but in order for us to be considered great in my eyes depends on Richards for sure. There’s gonna be some teams in the tourney with legit 7 footers that’s gonna give us troubles without a big guy to match.

  6. jaws2
    6:37 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    If Diallo can put together 3 games in a row, I’m going to feel pretty good about where we’re headed the remainder of the year.

  7. Catcasey1
    8:18 pm February 27, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a team sport!!!!!!!!