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Calipari says the team is working on situational basketball

Calipari’s face when talking about the Kansas game at the end of the month. Same.

Calipari's face when talking about the Kansas game at the end of the month. Same.

Calipari’s face when talking about the Kansas game at the end of the month. Same.

A lot of things went wrong for Kentucky in their loss to LSU Tuesday night, but John Calipari said they’re pinpointing the issues and working through them in practice this week. One issue he’s noticed with his group is that they don’t know what to do in certain situations in the game. Here’s an example:

“We’re trying to do more situation basketball,” Cal said “Derek [Willis] had a situation. There was 25 seconds on the clock, we had 5 seconds to get it across halfcourt. The ball was then tipped out of bounds, then it goes back to 30 [seconds]. Derek didn’t think it went back to 30. That’s why he dribbled up that right side and jumped out of bounds.”

“When he told me why he did it, I’m not mad at him, we haven’t gone over those. There are a lot of situations that will come up that we need to cover now, and what we’ll do, we’ll do it through scrimmaging.”

Calipari once again lamented about how Jamal Murray goes for the hard play instead of the easy play, a bad habit he’s trying to shake the freshmen from in practice.

“I’ve gotta get through to these freshmen. Jamal, how to play more efficient. How to make the easiest play you can make, and when he doesn’t you stop practice. You’re talking about a great kid that wants to be a terrific player trying to do too much on each play instead of making an easy play makes it more difficult.”

To check out the rest of Calipari’s Mailbag, click here.

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5 Comments for Calipari says the team is working on situational basketball



  1. bluesyCat
    1:17 pm January 8, 2016 Permalink

    Shouldn’t a junior D-1 athlete at a program of our caliber know some of these “nuances” of the game? Then again i agree with Cal, he should be teaching them situational ball for god’s sake, a lot of times that is the difference between a sweet 16 group and a final four contender. He obviously doesn’t know what to do because we have been AWFUL in the last 2-4 minutes of games that are close and he obviously does not teach free throw shooting. Can’t he get an assistant coach to run these situations, or at least teach him a bit…



    • poppycat
      2:56 pm January 8, 2016 Permalink

      So, Willis did know because Cal hadn’t covered, and it’s Cal’s fault……..why was Willis pulled?



  2. randall johnson
    2:04 pm January 8, 2016 Permalink

    Play the kids from down-under, at least they can get in there and bang,get some rebounds and some put-backs. Cal really missed on skal he’s soft as a marshmallow on a hot tin roof.



  3. SoCalCat
    2:10 pm January 8, 2016 Permalink

    Cal’s body language reflects the sleeplessness he is feeling 🙂 .



  4. Ken Grizzle
    2:11 pm January 8, 2016 Permalink

    “situational” should start with the starting line-up and minutes played. Some players get in and one miscue get jerked to the bench while others lay bricks for 30+ minutes a game! What’s fair for one should be fair for all…just sayin.