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John Calipari’s Message Following Utah Loss

It was a long night in Las Vegas.

Double-digit favorites in Sin City, the Kentucky Wildcats lost 69-66 to Utah after Immanuel Quickley’s potential game-tying three-pointer bounced off the iron as the final horn sounded.

A game that ended at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET, fans across the Big Blue Nation have been frustrated (to say the least). John Calipari is right there too, but he’s excited for the “NEXT.” He shared this message on Twitter Thursday afternoon:

Losing stinks and we are still trying to figure this out, but I like the fact that we had a will to win at the end. For the other 30 minutes, they were the aggressor and they were the fighters. We were not. Like I tell my team, learn from the game & then NEXT.

That’s why I got up early, watched tape, went to mass, worked out, watched more tape, staff meeting in 20 minutes, & then meeting w/the team to do film & prepare for the next two days before a great practice this afternoon.

These guys need each other. We need everybody with extreme energy and effort and doing what they do for this team. We have as much upside as any team. Now we’re going to have go chase it. I believe in this team. I’ll say it again: NEXT!!!

Unfortunately, the next opponent is no Utah. Ohio State is KenPom’s top-ranked team in the country, entering the matchup with only one loss this season. We’ll learn how quickly the Cats can respond Saturday evening at approximately 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

17 Comments for John Calipari’s Message Following Utah Loss

  1. Dark Soul
    2:05 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    He will still have them ready to roll in march. Every year we have a chance to win a title so I’m not stressing. I am a little worried about our inside but there is no doubt in my mind that the gaurds will be ready.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:17 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed, I was glad to see that EJ found his shot for a bit there.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:30 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

      Really. Look at the bad teams we have beaten in the tournaments, and look at the very below average teams we lose to every year in the tournament. They are no more ready than they are now they’ve just played together some. Said it for years he is a terrible coach, great recruiter normally. Coastal Carolina coach had no trouble beating Utah by 20+, and I’m sure he doesn’t have eight players that are supposed to be NBA guys,.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:31 am December 20, 2019 Permalink

      And we have not had a chance to win the title in the last five years, and we have no chance this year. But June will still come and that’s what matters

  2. factzzz
    2:23 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. That was a long game if it ended about an hour ago!
    “A game that ended at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET, fans across the Big Blue Nation have been frustrated (to say the least).”

    • BBNfromOklahoma
      2:30 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      You for real took the time to long in and make a critical comment over a typo about the TIME the game ended? That’s not very supportive in a season of giving and love.

  3. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:29 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Speak ” Another great practice”

    Real Speak: “I’m about to beat these boys down!!!!”

    Hopefully the practice ends with the boys taking it on their own time to get behind the arc and make 100 from each of “their spots.” That’s what I’ve seen so far. Nobody knows “their spots” and that trickles down to the ball controlling guard not knowing exactly where to get his guy the ball. That’s easy to figure out with practice and repetition. Our boys will figure it out. March can’t come soon enough!!

  4. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:31 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    The bigs need to be put through the gauntlet of gaining toughness. Bring in our football team’s O-Line and let them try to get gimme layups on them. Love our big guys but goodness they could learn a thing or two from our football team on taking a hit and keeping on tickin’. Soft as charmin right now. `

  5. ryan1723
    2:40 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    What’s scary about these three games was that there is no guarantee you’re going to get to the teams of Ohio State and Louisville’s caliber in the tournament. You’re definitely going to play teams like Utah in the round of 32 and the sweet 16, and that’s why this game was more interesting to me.

  6. tmcclan16
    2:41 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Ass kicken coming Saturday will be a rough three game stretch

    • Aar
      3:01 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      If there’s one thing we learned in The Champions Classic, it’s that this team can lock in on a highly rated opponent and rise to the occasion. We’ve also seen that Cal-coached Cats have trouble with late starts many times over the years. I’ve been more optimistic about the OSU game than the Utah game ever since I learned the start time of yesterday’s game. NEXT!

  7. classof68
    3:00 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Get some damned assistants who can recruit, Cal! Recruiting isn’t as bad as the Tubby years, but it has definitely tailed off. Get some players who can create their own shots – and make them. Not just a bunch of dudes who are quick and can jump out of gym. Why can’t we get any good big men anymore?

    • kjd
      3:13 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      For me, I’ll see what Richards and Montgomery due the next two games. We’re going nowhere if they don’t produce consistently.

  8. bigblue2284
    3:18 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    LOL, it’s a process… Every year same non sense. Up side is limited when you can’t shoot the basketball, if we could hit OPEN shots we might be realistically talking about potential. These guys aren’t going to learn to shoot in the next couple of months. The bigs are what they are, they aren’t getting better. Cal isn’t landing top talent like he was prior to 2016, his style has always been boring and predictable. He can’t just out talent teams anymore, the root cause is he just isn’t a very good coach without elite talent. Anyone want to guess why he hasn’t been to the FF since 2015? Look at the recruiting classes he has assembled.

  9. CrystalBall
    3:58 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    Cats will beat Ohio State.

    • SanDiegoDave
      7:34 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

      I agree and I’ll be in the nose bleeds watching it.

  10. VirginiaCat
    6:36 pm December 19, 2019 Permalink

    With respect to the Kentucky coaching staff, NEXT