Three quick things from today’s UK basketball media opp:
1. E is for Effort. More than Thursday’s loss at Notre Dame, John Calipari seemed more disappointed in his team’s effort at South Bend. His team is young. It was the first true road game. Execution is going to be a problem under those circumstances. Effort and competitiveness should be a constant, and Calipari said he did not see the will to win or competitiveness he was looking for from his team. He said he was surprised that he didn’t see it. Thing is, last year’s team always competed. That was one of its hallmarks. This team is different and may have to learn to compete at the level necessary to win, especially on the road. That means getting loose balls, going hard to the boards, closing out on defense.
2. Archie Goodwin may not be his point guard. After saying Wednesday that Goodwin is his point guard, Calipari said Friday that he needs to get the freshman off the ball more. Goodwin was out of control against Notre Dame and had trouble going up against guards with 230+ career starts. So will we see more of Ryan Harrow at the point? Maybe. But Calipari mentioned Harrow and Jarrod Polson as playing the point at times, so that Goodwin can move to the two-guard.
3. No time to teach. With a 36-hour turnaround between the Notre Dame game on Thursday and the Baylor game on Saturday, Calipari said he didn’t have time to go full-bore into correcting problems. And Kentucky plays Samford next Tuesday. After that, however, there is a stretch from December 8 through December 29 in which the Cats play just four games. Final exams fall during that stretch. Otherwise, there will be time for the staff to bear down on fixing problems and improvement, especially leading up to the Louisville game Dec. 29 at the Yum Center.
Note: Calipari video is on the way.
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