Coach Cal made his weekly appearance on the SEC coaches teleconference this morning and the first order of business was discussing Julius Randle and those reoccurring cramps that keep sending him back to the locker room. Calipari believes it’s Randle’s body telling him to stop playing so hard:
Well, first of all, I really believe he’s gotta get to cramping in practice. He’s gotta go that hard in practice. He’s not cramping in practice, so that leads me to believe he’s gotta step on the gas there. Second thing is, we’ve probably gotta get him a quicker rotation so that he’s in and out instead of staying on the floor 7, 8, 9 minutes, 10 minutes. Let him go three or four minutes, come out, go back in, and play a little bit of a different rotation. But those are some things. Diet. You know we’ve blood-tested him and all those things. But I believe again, when you go at the pace he goes — because he puts out and he goes really, extremely hard — your body says, ‘Hey, man, slow down.’
Randle was limited to three minutes in the second half against Vanderbilt and four second-half minutes against Louisville. The Cats were able to win both games, but that can’t continue on the rest of the season.