Three-spot from John Calipari, talking Spartans

A quick three-spot from John Calipari’s news conference Monday, previewing Michigan State:

1. Can’t wait. Calipari didn’t say that, but he did seem to sort of, kind of admit that Tuesday’s Champions Classic showdown between No. 1 and No. 2 should be a fun game.

“My hope is we play great,” he said.

2. Defending Julius Randle. Calipari said he knows that Tom Izzo will have a strategy to defend the UK freshman, who has opened his collegiate career with back-to-back double-doubles, which is of course another reason why this is a great game this early in the season.

Randle had his way with UNC-Asheville. He won’t with Michigan State. He can have a great game Tuesday, but the Spartans will make him work for it. They’ll double-team, sag, take away Randle’s spin move in the lane.

How will the talented Texan react?

3. Get James Young going. Tuesday figures to be a special game for UK freshman James Young, who hails from Rochester, Mich. Young has started a bit slowly, making just five of 18 shots in the first two games. He’s three of 11 from three-point range.

“I think he’s the best shooter in the country,” but Young just has to go out and prove it, Calipari said.

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