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John Calipari on Buffalo: “If I were on their team, I’d feel very confident, too.”

Following their massive upset victory over Arizona, Buffalo head coach Nate Oats called John Calipari a whiner for always complaining about his team’s lack of experience.

“Calipari’s been whining about no experience, young, young, young, we don’t have that problem,” he said.

Buffalo guard and former Missouri transfer Wes Clark said he was going to “redeem himself” in his game against the Cats tomorrow, as Kentucky went undefeated against the Tigers in the three years Clark played.

“I’ve got a lot of history with those Kentucky guys so I’m trying to redeem myself,” Clark said, via Darrell Bird. “They dominated me, beat me every time I played them and I’m not feeling too good about that.

Buffalo big man Nick Perkins says Kentucky lacks on the inside and can’t keep up with the Bulls in transition.

“I think we match up pretty well with their guards. They’ve got some guards who are pretty good on the ball screen and stuff like that. But I also think they’re lacking on the inside with defending and stuff like that,” he said.

But I don’t think they can stay with us in transition and stuff like that. They’ve got a lot of big guys, they play a little bit too much, and I think that will play to our favor.”

Needless to say, Buffalo is feeling pretty confident about their chances tomorrow night.

And according to Coach Cal, they have every right to be, as they remind him of his former UMass teams.

If I were on their team I’d feel very confident, too,” he said. “The way they played, I watched about six tapes of them, and they remind me of my UMass teams. Hard-nosed, tough, swagger, chip on their shoulder.”

Calipari says the Bulls are fast, tough, and (his favorite term) positionless, and the game is going to be a big challenge for his Kentucky team.

“And that’s what I see in them. The ability to score the ball, they score 85 points a game. They play fast. But they’re tough defensively. They’re not afraid to mix it up and be physical. And they’ve got players that come off the bench and give them a jolt defensively. They’ve got those kind of players that are positionless.

“So their record indicates that what they are, which is they are an outstanding team. They’re well-coached. And we understand it’s going to be a hard game. We’re walking in with all freshmen. We know it’s going to be a tough game. It will be a hard one for us.”

Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo, however, is tired of the “youth” comments, and he’s ready to come in tomorrow and take care of business.

“I feel like we’ve been getting that statement all year. That statement is kind of old,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all basketball players, we’re going to try to come out and compete and show the world what kind of basketball team we are. That’s what it’s all about.”

Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel says his team has a distinct advantage in their length, athleticism, and defensive ability.

“I think our length is what bothers teams, and our athleticism,” he said. “And we’ve been able to defend the rim. So we’re going to continue with that. And I think as the season, our communication has picked up as a team. As young players, we’ve been coming together and that’s helped us defensively.”

Calipari and his Wildcats may have taken the high road when it came to the Buffalo trash talk, but you better believe it’ll be discussed behind closed doors.

If you may remember, a similar situation happened a few years back in the tournament when West Virginia guard Daxter Miles talked trash before his team’s Sweet Sixteen matchup with the near-perfect 2014-15 Cats.

“Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1,” said Miles. “To me, they don’t play hard. To me, they don’t play as hard as we play. Nobody is invincible, so their time will come and I think we’re going to pull it out.”

The end result: a 78-39 blowout victory, sending the Mountaineers home in embarrassing fashion.

Keep it coming, Bulls.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

24 Comments for John Calipari on Buffalo: “If I were on their team, I’d feel very confident, too.”



  1. 4everUKblue
    8:13 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    It’s never a good idea to trash talk before a game and stuff like that.



    • SuperTroy18
      8:18 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Haha. Ya beat me to it.



    • cats646
      8:37 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Especially a to a Kentucky basketball team!!



    • Bull Filmer
      9:49 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      “….and stuff like that”. Their kids are dullard. Wes Clark thinks he has a history with our freshmen. This bulletin board shtuff is gold; CAL must use it for motivation.



  2. maximumscott
    8:13 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Theyre not confident. They are cocky. To beat us they will need the same if not better performance from their UA game. It just isnt gonna happen folks. This trash talkin is cute but at the end of the day you gotta play the game. It is not gonna surprise me one bit when we give them an ass whoopin similar to the Bama one we gave in the SEC tourny.



    • Rixter
      10:06 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. Confidence is quiet. Cocky is loud, ‘look at me’. Well, they had their 15 minutes of fame, time to get back to the real world, and stuff like that.



    • 8 god
      10:38 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      lol ^



  3. huck
    8:24 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Everything they said is right, and I’m sure tired of Cal’s whinny young shit, every year but… they probably shouldn’t have said that.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:56 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      You probably should pick another team, I don’t see that changing.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      9:13 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

      It’s all fun and games till you get hit in the mouth



    • ClutchCargo
      12:48 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

      Go cheer for UofL, where they will rely on 23 year transfers for the foreseeable future. If any of those are foolish enough to come there.



  4. Blue Bill
    8:28 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Cats by 20.



  5. dhard
    8:58 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    You can run your mouth until your lips fall off, but at some point, you have to play. Let’s toss it up.



  6. Cals Hoverboard
    9:04 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    You mess with the bull, you gonna get the horns, and stuff like that. You mess with the Wildcats, you gonna get sent home, and stuff like that. The wildcats you see tomorrow aren’t the same Wildcats you saw last night. Oh forgot, and stuff like that.



  7. makeitstop
    9:10 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    That was their first win against an NCAA team, and stuff like that. They lost to Cincy, the Bonnies, Syracuse, S.Dakota St and TAMU, and stuff like that and they list to 3 teams w losing records, and stuff like that. Keep talking… please!



  8. makeitstop
    9:12 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    I hope we have tee shirts made that say Sweet 16… and stuff like that. Maybe KSR can make some? Team can wear them tomorrow after the game.



  9. 57nukeduke
    9:35 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    You can run on for a long time, sooner or later the cats will cut you down.



  10. Bull Filmer
    9:53 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Every time KENTUCKY dunks, the cheerleaders need to hold up 4 signs for fans to scream: “AND” “STUFF” “LIKE” “THAT!”.



  11. shelby
    10:16 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Buffalo is athletic, quick, and play hard; i like their confidence and swag—a reflection of their coach. But …



  12. dhard
    11:02 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t know if anyone is watching, but Virginia is taking a butt kicking wit about 10 to play. They are down 16



  13. Melvit
    11:31 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson



  14. Lip Man 1
    11:43 pm March 16, 2018 Permalink

    They got a point on the inside presence. I mean Nick Richards…a 6-10 donut, nothing in the middle.

    I’m hoping they shot their wads vs. Arizona. With Virginia going down in the biggest choke job in college basketball history the road is open if UK plays well.



  15. Jesus H. Chrysler
    3:44 am March 17, 2018 Permalink

    This has been an entertaining thread…and stuff like that.