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WATCH: John Calipari breaks down overtime victory over Texas Tech

What did John Calipari have to say about Kentucky’s gritty overtime victory over Texas Tech?

In his postgame press conference, the UK head coach discussed the difficult road environment, how his team fought through, who stood out in particular, and a note on Kahlil Whitney’s departure, among other comments.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for WATCH: John Calipari breaks down overtime victory over Texas Tech

  1. Rixter
    10:55 pm January 25, 2020 Permalink

    You can’t spell dIsgUsting without IU

  2. J. Did
    12:14 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Good win. I thought the officiating was poor. Flops galore. Thought the final play call was piss poor design of shooting a 3 from the corner (low percentage). In such hostile environment, game tied, you do NOT want to go into OT. So no need to heave a 3 and pray; better to get the ball in the paint to a big or have a guard drive to the hole and score win from the free throw line. While it worked out, percentage-wise, it made zero sense. And, that strategy will be costly in an NCAA Tournament game.

    • nocode96
      12:26 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

      Disagree. Look at almost any analytic available for basketball and a corner 3 is one of the most sought after, and highest percentage shots across basketball now. In some cases, like the last few years Warriors, a corner 3 had a better outcome on the numbers than a wide open dunk. I’m not in any way comparing this team to those Warrior teams. What I am saying though, is this….we won (that’s important) and Cal is in the hof and is one of the most successful coaches in the last few decades. I’ll trust his judgement over yours 8 days a week.

      A drive to the basket with Ashton is risky in that situation. As amazing as he is, he’s turnover prone. It also could’ve allowed tech to stop the clock by fouling. Then, we have to hit free throws and they get more time to draw up a play of their own.

    • Megan
      11:45 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

      I would generally agree with you, J. Did. Better to drive to the basket, maybe get fouled (though refs often swallow their whistles in the final seconds) and win it from the line, where this team shines, or get the rebound, particularly when your team has such an advantage in height. Better that than a jump shot from NBA range, though it must be said IQ has been hitting that shot at, what, a 50 percent clip? And it was wide open. I thought he rushed it more than he had to, but it was a good look and had a good chance of doing down.

      So I think it’s a good question. I’m not sure what the answer is. As to nocodes’s observation of the NBA corner 3, some teams got into trouble trying to emulate the Warriors. As Dan D’Antoni (I think) argues, you shouldn’t play to their stats. You can’t let their stats drive your offense. Let your personnel drive it. If you don’t have the horses that can do what they do, then don’t try to be them. Be your best self, which might mean you shouldn’t be shooting so many corner threes. There are, of course, truths for every team, such as the FT line being the most efficient place from which to score. But you can’t be something you’re not.

  3. J. Did
    1:05 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

    No code.

    Before you get into a pissing match, please re-read your work product.

    And your above post.

    Son, YOU actually did just compare the Warriors – an HOF NBA team and one of the greatest with Steph Curry, et al, – to this past night’s KENTUCKY game with Texas Tech.

    That, in and of itself, renders this case closed.

    Second, I could care less what you think.

    Again, I’ve seen you bully people.

    If you are special needs, let us know.

    Until then, STFU.

  4. Dark Soul
    2:03 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    That play worked to perfection. TT is great at clogging the lane and no way in hell the refs call a foul for us. He was wide open he just needs to hit his shot