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Calipari on Kentucky’s loss to Florida: “We reverted”

© Matt Stamey | USATSI

© Matt Stamey | USATSI

John Calipari didn’t mince words after Kentucky’s 80-67 loss to Florida.

They deserved to win,” Cal said of Florida. “Not only win, they spanked us. They spanked Alabama and they spanked us.”

At times in the first half, it seemed the Gators just couldn’t miss, taking a 15-point lead into halftime; however, they went cold for seven minutes in the second half, cracking the door open for a Kentucky comeback. Unfortunately, some questionable calls and missed opportunities slammed the door shut, allowing Florida to complete the sweep.

In each of Kentucky’s four wins leading into this game, five players finished in double figures, resulting in the best offense we’ve seen all season. Today, that just didn’t happen. Four players finished in double figures (Quade Green and PJ Washington just barely at 11 points), and although Kevin Knox had 14 points, he looked far from the reliable scorer the Cats need to succeed. Kentucky turned the ball over 13 times, resulting in 16 easy points for Florida, to only six assists. You’re not going to win a lot of games doing that.

“We reverted back on offense,” Cal told Tom Leach. “No one passed the ball. What happened was a team full of guys taking tough shots…We reverted.”

Is Calipari worried about having to play on Thursday in St. Louis?

“I don’t really care. I can’t stand [conference] tournaments anyways.”

Well, alright.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for Calipari on Kentucky’s loss to Florida: “We reverted”

  1. They are Freshmen
    2:56 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

    • Luether
      12:59 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      My sources warned me that this was likely to happen…

  2. shepdog3720
    2:57 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Not sure if Knox has an assist this year (just joking, but barely)

  3. cats646
    2:58 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Wait, we reverted? I didn’t notice. Ugh

  4. AFR0_SAMURAii
    3:01 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    This team reflects Cals attitude.. they don’t care

    • stratblend
      3:05 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit. Cal has always said he doesn’t like conference tournaments. So he “doesn’t care”” about the seed in the SEC tournament.

      But this team is what they are. I’m gonna pull for them but my expectations are in check the next couple of weeks.

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      3:05 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Please coach a team of high school superstars and get back to me on how well you were able to coach them.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:18 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink


    • cats646
      7:18 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Attitude reflect leadership, captain.

  5. ukjohnston
    3:05 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    The coach reverted also. Playing players who contribute nothing and then continue to play them after no progress in effort or fundamental skills. Ultimately, you are failing them as a coach. You talk of outside enablers when you, their coach, are an inside enabler. Basketball players can be athletes and sometimes not very athletic. Not all athletes can be basketball players, even the most elite of athletes.

  6. CatBlue in LR
    3:05 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Questionable calls? Really? You think that cost us the game? We got skunked, plain and simple.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:27 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. Questionable calls didn’t get us down 23

  7. nicky
    3:17 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    No one passed the ball because no one is open Cal! There is absolutely ZERO movement off the ball!! Very easy to guard that! Who are they supposed to pass it to when no one is open because they are like trees and don’t move??

    This crap coming from his mouth is getting old!

    Rant over…sorry

  8. Jiminy Crickets
    3:24 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cal reverted to playing Hami. He is a ball killer. He prob bed it in Team USA U19, and has proven it all season, but for some reason Cal only sees it occasionally. I assume he’s hoping he plays well so he can get drafted, there’s no other reason he deserves more than 7-10 minutes a game

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:26 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      …Proved it…

    • EdC
      7:29 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      No you don’t get it. Player first. If you were Hami’s parent … blah blah blah. The other kids and their parents don’t matter. Never mind.

  9. timtim1960
    3:26 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    How many do I see men who have been playing basketball all of their lives continue to not use the glass on a two foot shot . Let alone to fail to stop the ball on defense. They have been doing the same thing since the beginning of the year. Just looking at a player run wide open to the rim , it’s the that’s not my man I’m guarding attitude. Lack of effort on the players lack of effort in coaching. If you can’t correct these bad habits by now , the end of the year you can’t coach or the same players you have that been playing since grade school – not talking about you nick R. I understand . The rest of your team forgot how to do the basics like block out rebound or try to guard the man who has the ball . It’s beyond me to these kids can’t even try to put effort in on defense. I will not pull for another team . It’s always ky. But I stopped watching . Made no progress at all . Painful to watch

  10. John
    3:29 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    This will soon be over. Two more games at least. The SEC Tournament game, one and done there. The NCAA Tournament Game, one and done there. Cal and this team has been a disappointment. We are what we are.

  11. kjd
    3:36 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t like conference tournament. So he will coach with that attitude and players will play with that attitude.
    Next time to watch the Cats really play is NCAA…..for 2 games….maybe.

  12. cats646
    3:48 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Hope we make a run. But I doubt it. Can’t wait till football season.

  13. Drogon
    4:06 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Why shouldnt the players revert when their Coach keeps reverting back to Hamidou Diallo. Enough is enough. This team is going nowhere with him getting a single minute of playing time. He’s a bum. And that’s OK. Not everyone is good at basketball.

  14. Aar
    4:15 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cal does this every season. He backed off of them to see whether they own their performance or he has to continue to push them to perform. He did it against Ole Miss and again today. Now both Cal and the team know he has to stay on them. Cal will do it. Will the team rise? The number of them who go pro after this season depends upon how well they rise to meet Cal’s demands from here on out.

  15. futrelljr
    4:42 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t mind people saying Diablo is not very good but do we have to keep calling him names, like he is a “bum.” I understand criticism but don’t think calling them names is helpful.

    • EdC
      7:35 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. One of the problems is that Calipari keeps acting like Hami and his parents matter more than the players who he is costing playing time. Calipari always quotes players first but he doesn’t seem to treat all players equally.

  16. timtim1960
    5:13 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Yes name calling goes beyond criticism. He’s just trying to play a game . He overwhelmed at times not a bum.

    • Rembrandt
      8:11 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      At least he’s out there trying. That’s a good deal more than his critics here can truthfully say.

  17. bluecrowe
    1:21 pm March 4, 2018 Permalink

    FIrst of all Cal needs to appreciate the conference tournaments. The kentucky fanbase makes that event something truly special in a way you cannot comprehend unless you have been there to witness it in person. It is insulting for Cal to continue to denigrate this every single year. He sounds like a child. The conference tournament is where the real KY fans have an opportunity to see them play. It is bizarre. Cal has to say what he has been saying about Hami and his parents because he is really talking to future 5 star recruits and their families. Still Cal is the best coach for KY; there are simply a few things which seem off.