If you’ve hung around the Kentucky basketball program at all since John Calipari took over, you know that the players don’t watch a lot of game tape. At all. With Kentucky smack dab in the national spotlight, it was only a matter of time before the media caught on to that. First up? The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen.
Kentucky’s players watch less film than NBA teams, most college teams and even some high-school teams. The first time the Wildcats actually see their upcoming opponents is during Kentucky’s pregame meal. Before their most recent game, a scheduled 2:45 p.m. matchup against Cincinnati on Saturday, they first took a look at the Bearcats at their 10:30 a.m. breakfast.
“We don’t give them a handwritten scouting report, and we don’t give them film to watch on their iPads,” said John Robic, the Kentucky assistant coach who handles the team’s video scouting. “My film is eight minutes–max.”
It may not be old school enough for some coaches, but it seems to be working just fine for the Cats.