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LIVE: John Calipari’s postgame press conference

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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48 Comments for LIVE: John Calipari’s postgame press conference



  1. Jeff Perkins
    8:50 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Tennessee goes to a zone and beats us; Kansas does the same thing. And Cal never does. He makes no mid-game adjustments.



    • CryptoCatfish
      9:14 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      I tend to agree… Cal got out coached tonite.



    • Wildcat Sheli
      9:37 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      and won’t watch tape of the losses….



  2. ballplayerstu
    8:55 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    One thing Cal cant do is lose to UCLA & Kansas in same year & at RUPP!!!!!



  3. bankerbh
    8:57 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe the man behind the curtain doesn’t know what adjustments to make? Against TN, at half Cal says we need to get the ball into Bam. He had 3 timeouts and 4 TV timeouts in the half to make the change but didn’t. Stubborn or stupid…you decide.



    • Rixter
      9:03 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      it might be both. I think he TELLS the guys to feed Bam. When they don’t, he comes out and tells the media he’s going to bench them.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:05 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Uh, I think you’re stupid



    • AGSlater
      10:31 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      this guy worships the ground Cal walks on



  4. Rixter
    8:59 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    I like Bill Self. He absolutely refused to put UK in any kind of negative light, instead, he said several times that luck plays a big part in basketball games.



  5. jetatl
    9:00 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    we havent look good since trump got elected. headed in the same direction he is right now.



  6. Rixter
    9:05 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    I said this in another thread. When a team regularly jumps out to a big lead, then gives up the lead and gets beat, it’s absolutely one team making adjustments and the other team not able or willing to adjust



  7. sp
    9:05 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    The committee can do whatever they want with us now.



  8. kbo24
    9:07 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Park Gabriel…start Willis, and Cal needs to effin relax. He is absolutely killing this team’s confidence. His outrageous antics started about two weeks ago and it’ll culminating in what we’re getting now. You can almost see them questioning every move they make on the court. You can’t play like that…you can’t play well anyway. Problem solved. I have all the answers (sarcasm).



    • Wildcat Sheli
      9:35 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      I had thought that, too, starting a couple weeks ago. I think their confidence in their decision-making has taken a beating.

      I shuddered when, after Malik’s highlight-reel performances, Cal started saying he should be getting a double-double every game….”oh, no!” I thought…..this is what he did to Skal last year after a career night. Couldn’t be satisfied with an amazing performance and then utterly confused the kid for the rest of the season. Have been concerned about their confidence….



  9. dgtuk
    9:07 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    i love our team..havng said that..there is NO ONE to direct us in critical times…no leadership equals no chance to win it all



  10. keiths
    9:09 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    I love Cal as a recruiter, but lets be honest. The guy is a average bench coach AT BEST. I’m convinced my 10 year old daughters basketball coach makes better in game adjustments then Cal does



  11. Rixter
    9:11 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    PG had 5 TO and 2 assists.

    Also, when KU went to zone in first half, the middle of our zone offise was on the bench with 2 fouls. He finished the game with 2 fouls. Such a huge repeated mistake by Cal to take bench a guard (who isnt foul prone) with 2 fouls.



  12. JLP
    9:12 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    My uneducated guess. Cal recruits players to play in the NBA. Zone defense is illegal in the NBA. He can’t tell recruits to come play for me and I will prepare you for the NBA and then put them in zone defense.

    Losses aren’t critical this time of year as long as his team improves going into tourney. Sure, we lose a number one seed but a two or 3 seed still has a good shot at winning if freshmen & others jell. The loss to Tenn felt worse than this to me.



    • damage_control
      9:17 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe you need a little more education- Zone defense hast been illegal in the NBA for maybe a decade.



    • Luether
      9:19 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Zone defense IS LEGAL in the NBA…



    • T-wah
      9:21 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Zone is no longer illegal in the NBA. That rule change was made at least 6-8 years ago. Just sayin’. I agree with your 2nd paragraph, though.



    • keiths
      9:30 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      you guys are wrong as hell. zone defense is ABSOLUTELY allowed to be played in the NBA https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/25/nba-learned-love-zone-defense



    • EdC
      9:31 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Zone is legal in the NBA but you almost never see it used. With that said, we have gotten steadily worse defensively since the supposedly great Camp Cal so he isn’t exactly succeeding at teaching good man to man defense.



  13. bharlan24
    9:16 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Time for a change. What? Don’t ask me. Play out the year, see what happens, I don’t think it will get us #9.



    • Luether
      9:20 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t give up. Remember that the Brandon Knight team wasn’t as far along as this one and went to the Final 4…



    • EdC
      9:32 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      and lost the last game because of Brandon Knight trying to play hero ball when he was ice cold. Sound familiar?



  14. kenny
    9:22 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    I hate to see my cats lose, but let’s not give us on this team. I understand the BBN is frustrated, but let’s get behind our boys. We still have time to improve, and they are a talented bunch.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:24 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      I am not giving up on this team but that in no way means that we shouldn’t classify this loss as the turd that it was.



  15. BigBlue4EverUK
    9:25 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Free Throws, Bad Passes, Lack of on ball defense, not moving the ball, I can keep going. All the talent on this team and just can’t put it together. Barley beat a North Carolina team by last second shot, but what other good team have we beat this year??



    • WeareBBN
      9:30 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah but UNC is a top 2 team, oh wait they got blown out today. I said it from day 1 Cal can’t coach he can recruit. He does not send players to the NBA he recruits NBA players. Wall, AD, KAT etc all were top picks from High School, not from Cal. If he is the reason explain Poythress, Twins, Goodwin, Teague and others. He did nothing for them or the Wall, AD and Booker players. Come June, what he is in this for, he will be reaching his goals.



  16. WeareBBN
    9:26 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Why bother listening to Cal say same thing. He plays {recruits} for June not March and April.



  17. ukjohnston
    9:28 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    What bothers me is when I hear our coach say, and I paraphrase, “We were up 12 and I looked and we were up 4 and then I looked again and we were down.”

    Why not call a time out still being up 6 or 8 to preserve the lead, get your freshmen to settle down, instruct them on a solid offensive set and emphasize what was being done to them on the defensive side of the ball. Instead, he let freshmen try to play through it and gave up all the hard work everyone put into building the lead to that point.

    Stubborn is as stubborn does.



    • EdC
      9:34 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Because after most time outs it resulted in Kansas getting an easy basket. If you are a worse coach than the other guy time outs are your enemy.



  18. kenny
    9:31 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    FYI for all the cat fans dogging cal and praising self for his coaching, self has been to 2 final fours in in 14 seasons.



    • EdC
      9:35 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      The goal is to win the championship. He has exactly as many as Cal and I would not be surprised if he doesn’t end his career with 1 or 2 more than Cal.



    • kenny
      9:42 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      He has been atKansas 14 years to Cals 7, Kansas has consistently underachieved in post season



  19. CATilactica
    9:35 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    LOL the only reason we were up in the first half is because they went 0-7 from three. They were all wide open looks.



  20. Kyblue34
    9:39 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think Cal has ever gotten over the Wisconsin loss. His coaching hasn’t been the same since. He used to adapt his coaching to his players, but now we play the same vanilla offense and defense with no in game adjustments whatsoever.



    • ScoggDog
      9:46 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Well … in all fairness … If I would have insisted on leaving two D-League players at guard over Tyler Ulis … I don’t know if I would have got over it either.

      Well … you know … until Draft Night. Also known as The Most Important Night For Kentucky Basketball.



    • Wildcat Sheli
      9:47 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

      I know I haven’t gotten over that loss….I am reminded he didn’t show but a few minutes’ worth of film to our team, believing the best version of oneself was superior to micro-analyzing the opponent. To win the biggest games, one must make adjustments!



  21. nagnuggts
    10:09 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    this one and done thing isnt working out so well..go recruit some guys who want to stay and win championships!! because starting 4 freshman isnt going to get it done.. Obviously if the FAB 5 couldnt do it.. This team has no chance!!!. experience wins championships!!!!



  22. brentg
    10:12 pm January 28, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky-Their Greatest Strength is also Their Greatest Weakness-

    What has happened to Kentucky that they have played so poorly in the last two games that they have lost? I’m sure John Calipari knows, he’s been doing this for decades, but can he stop it soon? In my opinion, our greatest strength is in the open court running with the ball on the fast break. We are the fastest team with the ball that I have seen this year. We have 3 athletic guards that streak up the floor and score before the defense can set itself. We mainly do this on rebounds and at times off opponents made baskets.
    Unfortunately, once we have to settle into our half-court offense, with the defense set, this becomes our greatest weakness. Our guards have that mentality that they have to score or make a play so fast that the ball does not move around and the best shot is not taken. Now, we did move the ball around better in the first few minutes of the game and got a double digit lead. As the game wore on, we gradually reverted back to what got us beat the last game. They play at times like their pants are on fire!
    I believe a commentator mentioned in a previous game that the average time it takes for us to attempt a shot in the half court offense is 14 seconds. That leaves 16 seconds on the shot clock that we could have used getting a great shot. That is rushing it and mature teams like Kansas and UCLA will beat us every time when we do that! No one know that better than John Calipari. I trust that he will get them leveled out before the NCAA tournament.