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Calipari: “Right before your eyes, we’re becoming a better team”

Can I get a hell yes? Kentucky’s 87-66 rout over Missouri tonight was exactly what the doctor ordered. For once, the Cats dominated from start to finish, giving the Big Blue Nation a much-needed feel-good romp heading into the final stretch of the season. You could hear the relief in John Calipari’s voice afterwards.

“Right before your eyes, we’re becoming a better team,” Calipari said, reminding reporters that it took the team some time to gel once Jarred Vanderbilt joined them. “We’re starting to play and figure it out. I’m proud of them.”

Most promising of all? Kentucky’s offense. The Cats had 87 points off 55% from the floor and a staggering 62.5% (10-16) from three-point land. Eight of those threes came in the first half.

“In March, you’ve got to be able to score more than 60 [points],” Cal said. “There was a time this season that 62 was a big number. I told these guys, you can’t win in that tournament. You’ve got to be able to get 75, 80 on the board vs. a good team because they may get the same on you.”

How close is Kentucky to becoming a team that could make a run in March?

“Getting closer. Getting closer. PJ [Washington] becomes that beast of a guy. Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] is doing, and Quade [Green]’s wanting to do it. Now, because he’s playing the way we need him to play, not the way he was playing in high school. This is how you need to play. All of a sudden you have guards that can kind of talk and do it. Jarred gives you that too.”

The team reportedly held a players-only meeting following the four-game losing streak, which could explain why practices have been so much better as of late.

“I told them yesterday, we practiced and I was at ease with the practice,” Calipari said on the postgame radio show. “You know why? I’m not fighting anybody anymore. For three months, I was fighting guys on how to play this game, how to play with each other. Now, they’re saying, how do we play with each other?”

With March around the corner, I finally like my team.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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26 Comments for Calipari: “Right before your eyes, we’re becoming a better team”



  1. Parker_UKFanNC
    11:34 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    If this team wins out heading into the NCAA tourney would we be a 3 or even a 2 seed?



    • Cokely53
      11:52 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      No chance at a 2 seed. We have 9 losses. And a 3 is still a bit of a stretch. We won’t even finish 2nd in our conference. My guess is a 4 seed is about as high as we can go. Things would certainly have to break our way to get to a 3.



    • Miller45
      12:10 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      focus only on ole miss at the moment. I’m glad to have something to be optimistic about though. I’ll admit I thought they were dead in the water 2 weeks ago. on a side note, shareef oneal would look splendid in blue



    • Luether
      1:54 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Probably best case is a 5 at this point – likely a 7 or 8…



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      7:56 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Lol we were a projected 5 seed before tonight’s win



    • KYLawson1
      11:45 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      No way they get 4 maybe 7 or 8 they have looked to bad this season ncaa is not gonna let them get a seed between 1-6



    • ukcamel
      5:25 pm February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Luether, the Cards aren’t sniffing a 5-seed, what are you talking about? Probably looking at a trip to Dayton and out before the real teams start playing.



  2. 502CodeRed
    11:35 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Perhaps the pay-for-play is finally starting to pay off.



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:46 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Your salty tears are so delicious and satisfying.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:51 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Yep, Brian Bowen was worth every penny.



    • Cokely53
      11:53 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Says the fan of a team who got a banner taken down. Suck it turd



    • Miller45
      12:08 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      and that is how to deal with a troll. sucka



    • Bull Filmer
      9:16 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      502 code turd:

      She just can’t get over the seasons-banner-revocation and Hookersgate-in-Minhardon-hall.

      The proposed 100K Puhteenoh payment to ‘Bowen’ has not even been addressed yet.

      It’s a dreadful time to be a Cord fan.

      At least uavel ‘harrd’ another KENTUCKY grad to right the ‘sTinking shiTp’.



    • KYLawson1
      11:47 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Urine in cereal lol cheerios!!!



  3. Cokely53
    11:53 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Thought we scored 88 Tyler?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      11:56 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Kentucky corrected the score afterwards. It was 87-66.



    • Cokely53
      9:02 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Gotcha. Thank you. I was confused because I was seeing both and didn’t know why.



  4. Atg2112
    11:57 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    It works better than your pay for lay policy…



    • Miller45
      12:16 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^ I loved at his press conference he basically said that since they only spent X amount on cheap prostitutes the penalty should be less severe than if they spent a larger amount on high grade prostitutes



    • KYLawson1
      11:48 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Gotcha! Lol



  5. Alleykat16
    12:04 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    If we win against ole miss. that will more or less gives us at least a 4 seed we win out and its a 3 seed either one dont really matter I think this team can win the SEC tourney and that would be nice heading into the dance



    • KYLawson1
      11:48 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe 6 or higher



    • makeitstop
      2:38 pm February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Right now we’re 4, behind Florida but ahead of MSU and Arkansas based on record among the teams tied. But Florida has a tough AT ‘Bama and MSU has UT at home then at LSU. If we win out it’s easy, we’re #3. If we split it depends on who else we are tied w at 10-8.



  6. Alleykat16
    12:04 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    Oh I forgot HELL YES



  7. KYLawson1
    11:51 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    We getting there I can feel it coming but not as confident but im gonna roll with them regardless



  8. Aar
    12:19 pm February 25, 2018 Permalink

    Is Cal starting to get a little swaggy in that interview? I suppose we’ll have to watch him after the Ole Miss and Florida games to find out. Go Big Blue, beat them Runnin’ Rebels!