What impact will Alex’s injury have on the team? John Calipari said it can go one of two ways. “Things like this can bring people together or it can break people apart,” Cal said. “But you have to be more responsible, and you have to add a little bit to your game. When Nerlens went down, we didn’t have that mentality, that make up. We weren’t able to do it. We’re going to find out if this team has the ability to do it.”
Cal mentioned that before practice even began yesterday, the team spoke about clutter and trying to block it out. Now, they have to shake off the emotional upheaval from Alex’s injury and try to focus on beating North Carolina. “I don’t know. We have to play games. We’ll see,” Cal said on his team’s emotional state. “This is all part of it, things happen that you have to deal with and respond to. Next man up and all that, it’s great coach speak. The reality of it is the fear, and the anxiety, and all the other stuff that Alex has and we have for him, it just zaps you.”
Cal said he’s not sure if Alex will be at the game tomorrow, but if he’s able to be, can you imagine Rupp Arena if he was the Y?