Three quick things from today’s UK basketball media opportunity previewing Tuesday night’s game against South Carolina.
1. “We’re soft with the ball,” said John Calipari. The coach said the reason UK committed turnovers down the stretch of regulation at Texas A&M was because the Cats were not strong enough with the ball. The coach said that South Carolina will do “what every other team is doing” as far as trying to get physical with the young Cats. “When it really gets rough and tough we’ve got a couple of guys who just can’t be in the game, which hurts you,” said the coach.
2. Ryan Harrow needs to pick it up. When asked about Willie Cauley-Stein returning and who might take minutes from, Calipari said probably Ryan Harrow. The coach said Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer deserve to play. No way is Cauley-Stein taking away minutes from Nerlens Noel the way the freshman center is playing. So that leaves Harrow, who has struggled some of late. Why? “I don’t know,” said Calipari. “We’ve just got to keep working with him.”
3. There are positives. The Cats are 6-2 in the league. They’ve held their last five opponents under 40 percent shooting. Their rebounding numbers aren’t bad. They have five guys in double figures. “We’ve got to become a better a finishing team. We’ve got to be a better team when we’re up 15 or 16. And that’s all mindset, that’s all that is,” Calipari said.