On his call-in show, John Calipari sounded down after his team took a brutal loss in Baton Rouge. He was so down he stayed in bed until noon. He’s worried about his team’s mentality. He had lunch with the team today, individual meetings and a post-players only film session.
“You’re trying to figure out why you’re thinking the way you do. You look at guys out there who were tentative, basically got bowled over. Where was the fight? Where was the competitive spirit?”
Cal needs to see some fight from his guys. They need to play physical, but don’t necessarily want to fight. He said you’ve gotta treat it like school. “If you struggle in math, you’ve got to find a way to enjoy it,” or else you’ll fail. He isn’t going to let his guys fail.
“Stuff happens. I’m not happy about it. I’m disappointed because after the Louisville game and the Mississippi game you think you’re on the right path, but obviously we’re still — guys are listening but they’re not buying in to the way we have to play.”
There was a kinda sorta positive from the game. Despite how terrible they were playing, they still had a chance to win, but Calipari said, “we didn’t make winning plays.”
Tonight the team will be dining at his house before they get back to work tomorrow. “Let’s learn from it, put it behind us. We got a game on Saturday, (we) gotta play better. Just learn from it and let’s go.”