Missouri is 7-19 this season, 2-12 in conference, but after hearing John Calipari talk about the Tigers on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, you’d think they were the Golden State Warriors. Calipari said that after watching tape of Missouri, he’s convinced they’re a “dangerous team,” and the Cats can’t afford to look past tomorrow night’s trip to Columbia.
“I know what their record is, so I expected to see something different when I started watching tape,” Cal said. “I fully expect that they’re going to come to play. You know what they do? They shoot the ball better than you give them credit for. You’re like, okay, what do they do, they shoot. They’re dangerous because they can make perimeter shots.”
As we’ve seen time and time again this season, even the worst SEC teams turn into the best version of themselves vs. Kentucky, which Calipari loves to point out to his guys.
“A lot of times, we play teams that have house money. And they’re letting it go and making shots and plays they haven’t all year because it’s house money. We’re going into a game, it’s a dangerous game. I just said, they had Alabama. I can’t believe they lost the game to Alabama and they went to Texas A&M and had them beat. It was a one-point game with a minute to go and they beat Vanderbilt, who’s beating everybody now. They beat Vanderbilt by 20! So, this team, if we walk in there and act like they’re not – we’ve gotta worry about us.”
Speaking of us, Calipari said he’s encouraged by his team’s progress.
“We’re consistently trying to figure things out, I know that. Watched some tape with the team and showed them some things that were good and some of the stuff that wasn’t good and where we have to improve and we’re using every day to get better. We’re one of those teams with an enormous upside, even now. There are times I think we’ve figured it out and sometimes I look and I think we haven’t. Look, I forget year to year, my wife tells me all the time, you just forget how it was. This is what it is for us. Now, at some point, we’re going to have to, you’ve gotta go on that run where you’re really starting to play better and you’re really starting to move it and you’re really starting to mesh. We haven’t quite hit that run yet.”
Tomorrow sounds like a great time to start.