Three quick things from Kentucky basketball’s media opportunity on Thursday previewing Saturday’s game at South Carolina.
1. Lot of talk about last year’s South Carolina game. The one Kentucky lost. The one Kentucky lost to a bad South Carolina team. The one in which John Calipari got ejected in the second half. The one in which after the ejection Kentucky rallied but came up short.
“We didn’t bow our necks until I got tossed,” Calipari said. “Then we bowed our necks and played. The game’s going to be physical.”
South Carolina may not be playing well right now — the Gamecocks are 1-4 in the conference — but Frank Martin’s team does play hard and physical. If you don’t, you don’t play. Ask Laimonas Chatkevicius, who sat the entire second half of South Carolina’s 66-62 loss to visiting Tennessee.
2. Everything is Andrew Harrison’s fault. That was the Calipari line of the press conference. If it rains in Lexington, it’s Andrew Harrison’s fault. If there is a wreck on I-75, it’s Andrew Harrison’s fault.
Harrison was one of the players made available for interviews and the sophomore said he was getting some of his confidence back after a rough stretch. He also said that he is to the point where nothing anyone says can affect his play.
His twin brother received much credit for the win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday, but Andrew played well down the stretch, as well. Calipari pointed that out after the game.
3. Even an 18-0 team isn’t perfect. Calipari said he will be “messing around with some stuff” in practice over the next couple of days to help improve the offense.
He referenced players having to be able to make “a two-footer” against “another college player.” Guessing that’s Dakari Johnson. Cal even said, “It’s not ‘Wilt the Stilt,'” which prompted we in the media to wonder how many UK players know “Wilt the Stilt” or even “Wilt Chamberlain.”
Cal also referenced one player who said he could throw it in the ocean is now shooting airballs. Guessing that’s Devin Booker, who had been red hot but missed his only three-point attempt against Vanderbilt on Tuesday.
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