Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt Saturday lies largely on the shoulders of the frontcourt. Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Isaac Humphries, and Skal Labissiere combined for 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 fouls vs. Vandy, unacceptable numbers that had John Calipari very discouraged after the game. When asked about the bigs not contributing enough, Cal quipped, “I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think they contributed anything.” Ouch.
After a day of reflection, Calipari said he sat down with his bigs and told them “assert yourself and insert yourself in how we’re playing”:
“We’ve got some guys that we have to help them build confidence. Some if it’s just teaching them how to assert themselves,” Cal said. “I told the big guys that, I said, you’ve got to figure out ways as we’re playing, whether you can post, whether you can get it in transition, you’ve got to assert yourself and insert yourself in how we’re playing. So we’re talking about it and trying to help them through that.”
The most troubling thing to me? Calipari’s still having to build confidence in players who have been here three or four years.