Before he and his team boarded a private airplane for the 1,700-mile flight to Texas, John Calipari took a moment to speak to reporters about the challenge ahead.
You can read some of what he said below:
Isaac Humphries and Skal Labissiere will compete for minutes tomorrow.
With Alex Poythress likely out and uncertainty regarding Marcus Lee’s status, Kentucky could be extremely thin inside. That will provide additional opportunities for Isaac Humphries, who was tremendous in a similar situation against Tennessee, and Skal Labissiere.
“Well, I think both of them are going to have opportunities like they did,” said Calipari. “Then whichever one is playing better stays in the game. Just gotta fight. Gotta fight and stay in front, go get balls and do all that kind of stuff, and you stay in the game.”
After losing Lee in last night’s game, Calipari said, “If we’re without Alex and Marcus Lee and we go to Texas A&M on game day with a day off, not going to be easy.”
Calipari has not talked to Tai Wynyard about redshirting.
So please move on, everyone.
It’s probably not a 15-assist game for Ulis.
Cal expects A&M to trap Ulis and do some other things to throw him off his game. On top of that, Aggie guard Alex Caruso is a scrappy defender that could cause occasional problems for Ulis.
But probably not. Ulis doesn’t know problems. Just don’t expect this one to be his 15-assist game.
Cal gushed over Derek Willis’ body as Willis walked by.
“Look at his body! You’re like getting muscles! Oh my gosh, he’s got bumps in his arms. Rob (Harris), you’re doing a heck of a job with him. Look at his back, he looks like a swimmer!”
Willis told Calipari he’s good to go tomorrow.
He’s happy to see Willis loving basketball.
“I’m amazed that he’s fallen in love with this as much as he has,” Cal said of his junior forward with the new arm bumps and swimmer’s back. “Because before you can be that guy, you gotta fall in love with this. Falling in love means you love every day to come to practice. You don’t become the first one out and the last one in. Like, you run when practice ends. You can’t be that guy. You’re not going to be out on the court and be special. You gotta fall in love with the process. He has.”
Cal reminded everyone Willis is on the normal path for a college basketball player. Anywhere but Kentucky and his growth and development is right on track.
Jamal Murray is finally playing winning basketball.
Different players figure it out at different points in there careers. Murray’s happens to be right now with only a few games left in the regular season, which reminds Cal of a former player of his at Memphis: Tyreke Evans, the fourth-overall pick in 2009.
Hear it all for yourself: