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Calipari says Four-Game Losing Streak was the Best Thing to Happen to Kentucky

John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats are peaking at the perfect time.  A Coach Cal tradition at Kentucky, the 2018 Wildcats have won six of their last seven games.  The secret to their success might surprise you.

“The best thing that happened to my team, not me personally, was the four losses in a row,” Calipari said.  “Me, I was ready to jump off a bridge. But I knew and I told them, I’ve been through this before. They needed that. They needed to be told you’re not good enough, and you’re not going to do this by yourself. You’ve got to unpack your bags, and let’s get this together as a team and figure this stuff out.”

Tough losses forced the team to grow together.  It helped them learn how to handle adversity.

“What you’re seeing right now is these kids have committed to each other. They’re working really hard,” Calipari said.  “They had to learn to conquer themselves. Things have to go wrong, and you’ve got to take stock and say it’s me…They’ve got to conquer themselves, which is take responsibility for how you’re playing. Take responsibility for who you are right now.”

It took a little longer than usual, but it finally clicked for Coach Cal’s Cats.

“It’s taken time. And I knew it would take time. I said it at the beginning of the year, this is going to be ugly before it gets good.”

He added, “The stuff we’re doing is really hard. You’ve got to sacrifice. You’re going to be less, but be more by being less. You’re going to take less and be more. You’re going to share more, you’re going to be about your teammates, and when it all ends, everybody’s going to say, wow, you can really play. That’s what is just hard when you’ve got all these young kids, and then everybody, when they’re this talented — and this team is more talented than everybody’s giving them credit for.”

 

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

21 Comments for Calipari says Four-Game Losing Streak was the Best Thing to Happen to Kentucky



  1. Parker_UKFanNC
    7:51 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    I still say fire Cal. He can’t coach. So many better options out there that would immediately get us championships. For example:



    • shelby
      8:12 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      ?????



    • JWB
      8:17 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      ?



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      8:19 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      This was pure satire for those who don’t understand. The joke was there aren’t any coaches out there that could do a better job.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:23 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree. BBNDude/Slater might as well get used to it. Cal will leave on his own terms when he is ready to leave.



    • Catsfan1715
      8:27 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Lol he’s clearly being facetious



    • smahurin
      8:27 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Those BCG years were pretty awesome right?



    • Miller45
      12:00 am March 11, 2018 Permalink

      ole miss or Georgia should hire Billy g



    • BigBlueNationDude
      8:27 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Someone that doesnt get all freshman and knew how to coach



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      8:38 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Please enlighten me to who besides Roy and Coach K have more titles than Cal during his tenure at Kentucky?



    • 4everUKblue
      8:32 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      So now Slater thinks BCG knew how to coach….LMFAO!



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:14 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Roy only has 1 ship since Cal came to UK. His previous was the year before Cal got here.



    • Parker_UKFanNC
      6:47 am March 11, 2018 Permalink

      Thanks justaguy, wasn’t sure about that but I was too lazy to double check. Just goes to prove my point even more though.



  2. BigBlueNationDude
    8:26 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    What about the Florida game?



    • 4everUKblue
      8:33 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Keep going Slater you just keep looking more and more stupid with every post.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:34 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Cal’s not going anywhere unless he wants to. Deal with it.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      10:34 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

      Just looking at cal triggers me



    • Miller45
      12:03 am March 11, 2018 Permalink

      if Florida had been hitting anything close to their average in the first game at Rupp it would have been a 15-20 point loss vs a 2



    • catsarerunnin
      9:24 am March 11, 2018 Permalink

      Slater your mama is ready for church. Start her Buick.



  3. gobble gobble
    9:15 pm March 10, 2018 Permalink

    Your entire article was just long quotes from cal lol



  4. eRUPPtion
    4:10 am March 11, 2018 Permalink

    It wasn’t the best thing to many of our UK hearts but if it gets UK the SEC title & NCAA then okay. It’s just nerves getting to many of us UK fans. Go Big Blue!