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Early morning shoot-around ends noon game curse

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Coach Cal had his team do something new on Saturday, prior to Kentucky’s game at Mississippi State. He got his players out of bed early and held a 7:30 a.m. shoot-around in Humphrey Coliseum.

“I never do that,” Calipari said. “I knew how hard this game was going to be.”

The reason behind the early morning shoot-around is Kentucky’s struggles with noon starts this year. Kentucky has played in only two other noon games this season: against Seton Hall in Madison Square Garden and at Alabama.

“We lost both, so that’s why I did it,” Calipari explained.

However, he might’ve worn his players’ legs out with the additional practice time. He admitted, “We may have run out of gas because I did that,” which could explain the second half.

Or it could just be that Mississippi State wouldn’t go away after Kentucky took a double-digit lead into halftime. Cal told his team at the half to expect two big runs from the Bulldogs and that they’d have to withstand both to win the game.

They did, and the noon game slump is over.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Early morning shoot-around ends noon game curse

  1. 2thepoint
    5:15 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    So that is the reason they started hitting the front of the rim and turning the ball over.

  2. henderblue
    5:43 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    I think it was a great idea to get them going early. The noon game time had me worried for the very reason that we hadn’t performed well in those games

  3. Luether
    9:05 pm February 9, 2019 Permalink

    The “We may have run out of gas because I did that,” comment is BS. With nine 4 and 5 star players, Ky should wear most Teams down in the 2nd half with their depth…

    • catsarerunnin
      7:36 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

      Yes they should win every game by 20 because they have 4 and 5 star players. That’s how college basketball works and you’re so fortunate to have figured it out on your own. Write a book and find a publisher because you’re really on to something……

    • Tom Bombadil
      10:34 am February 10, 2019 Permalink

      Smackdown extraordinaire! Lmao cats! Down goes Frazier!