They were lost in the Bubba Parham Show, but John Calipari noticed signs of improvement from his team in the 92-82 win over VMI. Obviously, perimeter defense could use some work, but all in all, Cal said he feels the team is taking baby steps forward after being embarrassed by Duke almost two weeks ago.
“We’re getting better. Oh, thank God. But I’ve had to go back to day one of training camp and start all over. So it’s, it took us three weeks, four weeks to get to where we were and now it’s going to probably take that long to get back to it, to where we need to be.”
Specifically, Cal said he was pleased with how his team played against VMI’s zone.
“That’s the first time we played against zone. We play against ourselves, but and we haven’t done it much, so I was pleased with that and again there was things I was pleased with, but we just, it’s, this is going to be a process and it’s not easy, it’s not easy for these kids, it’s not easy for our fans.”
Cal lamented about his team’s second half defensive breakdowns, which he attributed to fatigue, but liked how his team rebounded and protected the ball. Kentucky owned the boards 43-22 and committed only 11 turnovers, a noticeable drop from its season average of 15.6 coming in. Again, baby steps.
“I mean it’s what it is for us. But I do know this, we’re physically tough, we can rebound like crazy, I love the fact that we can throw it to the post. I love the fact that we’re an offensive rebounding team. I’m going to say it again, we should be a better three-point shooting team…But it’s — this is a process and that — I wish we could skip steps, I tried, how did that work? Doesn’t work. Now we’re back to where we need to be.”