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Calipari on Kentucky’s “Unacceptable” Performance


After consecutive losses, John Calipari isn’t so sure his team is getting worse and reverting back to old ways, but he called last night’s performance “unacceptable.”  The most frustrating part for Calipari was seeing their lack of fight when they built up a 21-point lead.

“Every possession matters. When you get a team down, you make it even harder for them to put them away, and on offense,  you cannot take a shot that you can make 30% of the time.  You do not shoot that shot,” Cal said on tonight’s call-in show.

Even though there were some ugly shot attempts, the defensive performance was the most disheartening.  Over the last few weeks, Cal had shifted their focus in practice, focusing more on filling the gaps offensively than cracking down on defense.  “That was a mistake,” he said.  “We were awful.”

The post play was poor, with only 10 rebounds between Poythress, Labissiere and Lee.  Cal said Skal will start receiving more looks because the other two aren’t giving him much.  Derek Willis had 8 rebounds, but he really didn’t give too much last night either, which causes some concern.  “If he reverts, we really got problems.”

Even though the Tennessee game was terrible, it’s just one game.  Cal knows his guys can bounce back and he remains confident that they can do something special this year.

“We could do something special this year, IF they choose to,” Cal said.  “I still believe in my team.  I look around the country and say, ‘We can play with anybody.’  I’ve said this all year, ‘We can beat anybody in the country, or lose to anybody in the country.’  You either fight, and play to win or you’re gonna lose.  It’s really, really simple.”


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Calipari on Kentucky’s “Unacceptable” Performance

  1. Jiminy Crickets
    7:06 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

    were going to start giving Skal more opportunity because the other guys aren’t giving much?? This like listening to a CD skipping, and hoping it will fix itsefl, but eventually just fast forward to the next song. Skal wasn’t even allowed to play against Vandy because “its wasn’t a good match up”. Poythress is a 6’8 forward that was asked to play PF his freshman year, then asked to lose weight, get faster and learn to drive last year before tearing his ACL. Now he being asked to play center most of the game. Hes never been taught a position, but when he has a bad game Cal calls him out specifically. I’m surprised AP hasn’t quit completely. Meanwhile Murray’s man just scored again

    • Jiminy Crickets
      7:18 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      so AP had a “poor performance” with 14pts and 5Reb in 17min, while skal had 2pts and 2reb in 11min. While Lee had 2 pts 3 Reb in 20 minutes!! Yep this definately shows Skal had the much bigger impact and should get more opportunity.

      Is he serious, Or is this just media talk? Lee is the problem, AP actually played really well until he picked up his third foul, but one on the reasons the interior keeps fouling is because Murray cant keep his guy out of the lane, causing AP to have to help defense and is out of position.

    • bigblue98
      7:39 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree with you more. Murray needs to average 35 to make up for the points he gives up. This team has to play excellent defense to have a shot because there offense isn’t good. Lee and Briscoe are huge liabilities on offense due to their poor free throw shooting. As this team progresses further into postseason coaches may foul them intentionally. Believe they will go in as a 9 or 10 seed due to tough road games they have left and inability other than Arkansas to win on the road. Feel bad for Ulis as he deserves better and tries hard every game.

  2. mtk4uk
    9:05 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

    How about Cal look in the mirror. He wants to blame certain players but its his coaching decisions that play a role in this. Going back to the Kansas loss you leave the worst foul shooter in D1 in a tight game when free throws are critical. Now he says Skal is the answer for rebounding??? Unbelievable.

    • J-Dub421
      12:54 pm February 4, 2016 Permalink

      We had to leave Briscoe in at the end of the Kansas game because all of our bigs fouled out. There was no choice.

  3. mobile2
    9:23 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Skal is 7′ of suck, to paraphrase a certain someone (hey, if Matt can say it about kids at other schools then it can be said of kids at UK). If he does ANYTHING beyond a rebound here or there and the occasional block (even 7′ of suck is still 7′) I will be pleasantly surprised. But c’mon, Skal’s a joke.

    The lack of inside production forces UK to be a small ball type of team but they do not have enough shooters to pull it off if Willis has an off night.

    This team…they could end up in the title game or out in the first round. AGH!

  4. Hale
    12:33 am February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t forget he also throws another direct jab at Willis. Does anybody think cal originally thought this season would hinge on Derrick Willis’success? Or was he banking on skal and Murray’s? Yet he takes every single opportunity in the media to call out Derrick but very very seldom gives anything other than a positive spin to what we all can see are frequent negative performances from skal and Murray. I just don’t get that logic. And neither of them will be here next year. Maybe, just maybe, we might actually need Derrick again next season.

  5. mtk4uk
    7:27 am February 4, 2016 Permalink

    Well, Cal does say that he is more concerned with getting these guys to the NBA more than anything else. So that explains continuing to try and make Skal a rebounding machine and Murray a defender. It’s all about them and not what is best for the team or program.

    • symphonist41169
      8:05 am February 4, 2016 Permalink

      Why would Cal need to make Murray learn to play any defense at all if he’s going to go pro after this year?