John Calipari has watched the tape of Kentucky’s Champions Classic loss to Kansas, and he gave his thoughts on it on his Twitter page on Wednesday. He talked about his team fighting for the basketball and learning to play winning basketball in the final four minutes.
After watching the tape and understanding this will be a process with this young team, a few things came to mind:— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
First of all, 50/50 balls. We have to demand we’re fighting for those.
There’s no reason we shouldn’t be a great rebounding team. Need to demand it.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
Third, when we get double-teamed in the post we have to do a better job of teaching how we play. It took PJ out of the game. Not fair to him.
PJ Washington struggled to play out of that post on Tuesday, and with the lack of knowledge of how to move the ball when being doubled, he had to come out.
Rebounding was the biggest issue for the whole game, but especially the first half. Calipari thinks that should certainly change in the future.
18 turnovers – six too many. Most of them we tried to make the hardest play.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
Lastly, I have to teach them how to finish games and play winning basketball with four minutes to go. That’s on me, not them.
I like Cal owning up to needing to teach them crunch-time basketball. Him tweeting that reminds me of the Wisconsin loss in the Final Four.
I’m proud of how we fought, especially when we got down in both halves. Time to continue to grow and keep trending up.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
And Calipari reiterates what everyone needs to remember: it’s a process, and a long one at that, with a team this young and inexperienced.
Perhaps we’ll be getting Calipari film breakdowns via Twitter all season?