A three-spot from today's Kentucky basketball media opp.
1. To be honest, there's not a lot to report. It was a short session with John Calipari, lasting only nine minutes. The players made available were grilled on the comments made by Morehead State coach Sean Woods, and former UK guard, on Monday that he got a bad “vibe” around the UK players at the telethon recently to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief. Woods said the players today don't know enough about the history of the program.
Asked about those comments today, Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer both said they were unaware of the remarks. Julius Mays said he didn't think Woods had been around the current team long enough to draw any conclusions. Calipari basically said he didn't have to time to worry about it, that Woods probably misspoke, end of story.
2. A bigger impact Wednesday night will be the way Woods gets his team to play defense. Constant harrassment. The strategy is straight out of the Rick Pitino playbook, for whom Woods played back in the early 1990s. Morehead is forcing a ton of turnovers, and Calipari said it will be good to play a tough, pressing team that will try to be physical in the backcourt. The UK coach said he will be interested to see how his team responds.
3. Calipari didn't commit as to whether Ryan Harrow will be available on Wednesday, but seemed optimistic that he is getting his point guard back in the fold. Calipari said Harrow has lost seven pounds and will have to work his way up from the bottom of the totem pole. But Cal said that is a good thing. Once Harrow is back it will be interesting to see the guard rotation.