It’s Friday afternoon and that means John Calipari held court in the bowels of the Joe Craft Center to preview tomorrow’s game against Florida.
Below you will find the newsworthy quotes and notes from the press conference, as well as the full video for your viewing pleasure.
Enjoy and go Cats.
“It’s a huge game if you win. If you don’t, then it’s the next game.”
Calipari’s message to his players: a win will go a long way; a loss and they will live to fight another day.
“It’s a big game if you win,” he told his team yesterday. “It’s a huge game if you win. If you don’t, then it’s the next game and we march on. It’s not the end of the season. We have to play on.”
De’Aaron Fox’s status is TBD.
As Mrs. Tyler told you earlier, Calipari said Fox will be a game time decision.
He does not know who will run point if Fox is unable to play.
Calipari instead asked Big Blue Insider’s Curtis Burch what he would do, to which Curtis said he would make Hawkins the first one off the bench.
Cal told him, “That’s a good idea.”
The turnover problem, explained:
“Early in the year we got our thing because no one knows our team. We’re new. But then there comes a point they say, ‘Alright, here is what you got to take away and this is what you gotta make hard.’ And then you’ll have guys at that point say, ‘Well, this isn’t fun anymore.’ No kidding. They just made it harder. So you gotta figure out how do I have fun when the game is rough and tough and they’re taking away our best stuff and we got to figure out now what do we do?
And it happened this year the same way. It was fun to run up and down the court throwing hook passes and reverse dunks. And all of the sudden they shoot the ball and the coaches ran back, the players ran back, and the guy that shot it before it left his hand, he was running back. OK, now you’re not getting as many layups and makes it a little harder. Not playing a couple guys. ‘We’re not going to play these two.’ Now it becomes, ‘OK, how are you going to play now?’ And that’s this team. We have gone through this every year and then we make adjustments and they get it back and then we get going. We just have to do it with this group. “
In short, they pick on teams early in the year because there is no scouting report out on Kentucky. By midseason/SEC play, the recipe is out there and things get tougher.
Isaiah Briscoe had a good Thursday practice.
“He was better yesterday,” Cal said. “Yesterday was a good practice for him. We did some stuff. Stuff’s not easy. Every game’s what it is and you can’t–you’re trying to get better as you’re trying to figure out what we do here. I’m going to say this: I don’t think anybody’s feeling sorry for us, that’s one. And the second thing, I’m telling everyone out there, every team at this time of the year has issues to deal with. Every team.”
See/hear Calipari’s full comments: