What was John Calipari’s message to the team following Saturday’s 71-65 loss to No. 5 Ohio State? See for yourself in UK Sports Video’s behind-the-scenes footage from the locker room.
“You’re at Kentucky.” – @UKCoachCalipari
Now let’s learn and get better as a team. pic.twitter.com/44Ep6qQz3r
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 22, 2019
“Here’s what I will tell you: at least we know, okay, we’ll be fine. We’ve got some other guys that are going to have to compete. Here’s what you’re finding out: it’s hard to play against other teams that are really playing. You can say, ‘Oh, he’s heard to play for.’ No. You’re at Kentucky. Listen to these dudes. Like they won a national title. You know what I would have told you if we won? ‘We lost to Utah. Hurry up, let’s get on the plane and get out of here.’ These dudes are like they won a national title. You don’t get it though. You just want to go out and exchange baskets. So, we’re learning, though. We’re learning. And the way you fought, you gave yourselves a chance.
“Nate coming back, making shots, right? Nate played his ass off. Give him a hand. You, again, no matter how you played, someone came in and played well. You grab them. You tell them, ‘Great.’ Because you played well. And everybody here is going to have opportunities. What you do with them is up to you.”