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John Calipari Explains How Kentucky Won


Today’s SEC Tournament semifinal victory over Alabama did not come easy for your University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Kentucky turned it over and gave up easy offensive rebounds at the start of the game.

Then, a switch was flipped.  In the postgame press conference, John Calipari shared what solved his team’s problems.

“They had nine rebounds between them,” he said, pointing at De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.  “They had eight turnovers at halftime.  EIGHT.  They had none in the second half.  That’s why we won the game.”

Their scoring certainly helped as well.  Malik Monk hit the gym early to get out of his shooting funk, finishing with 20 points.  For the second consecutive game De’Aaron Fox went for more than 20, finishing with 28 points.  Since the Texas A&M game, Fox has scored 67 points and made 57 percent of his shots.

“I’m just getting confident,” Fox said of his current three-game heater.  “I went back home and one of my friends told Coach Cal something.  I’m not going to repeat it, but he said something to the whole group and after that I’ve just been shooting the ball better.  Let’s not jinx it.  I’m coming into the game with more confidence.  Honestly, my teammates are getting confidence in me and it’s just helping me build my own.”

The infectious confidence is helping this team become the best version of itself.  Complemented by selflessness, they are beginning to turn the corner.

“The team is starting to come together and understand numbers don’t matter,” Calipari said.  “We’re still not, like there yet, but we’re moving where I want us to go.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for John Calipari Explains How Kentucky Won

  1. Luether
    7:20 pm March 11, 2017 Permalink

    We won because Fox took over the game late and carried his Team…

  2. maximumscott
    10:53 pm March 11, 2017 Permalink

    We won bc we ratched up the Defense and this team has developed a Will to win. Early in the game nothing was going amd guess who showed up? Monk put em on his back early. Late in the game Fox did the samething. This team has developed an uncanny sense of selfless BBall.

  3. WeareBBN
    3:25 am March 12, 2017 Permalink

    Also helps that we are playing the SEC tourney, just being real. Our semifinal game was vs an average Bama team. Look at the ACC tourney, their quarterfinals were dUKe-Loserville, ND-UVA etc. Heck our title game opponent is not as good as their quarterfinals

    • AGSlater
      1:19 pm March 12, 2017 Permalink

      No doubt. First good team they play in tourney theyll be done

  4. Brian in Franklin
    7:45 am March 12, 2017 Permalink

    We scored more points?