After dropping to 1-3 in SEC play during Tuesday’s 71-68 home loss vs. South Carolina, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said that he is not happy with his group right now.
(via Kentucky Sports Radio):
“We lost the game in the first half. In the second half, we hold them to 29 and do some good things. Offensively, we looked better. And in the end, a loose ball we don’t get. We do a great job of guarding ’em, and a guy runs in and gets a tip. We didn’t block him out. Those are winning plays. Those are the difference between winning and losing. And making some free throws. But this is a long season. It’s a marathon. Am I happy? No, I’m not happy. I hate losing. We were undermanned, but it doesn’t matter. You’re still playing to win. The first half I was just like, ‘Come on.’ Look, this team, I got to be a little bit of everything with this team.
“First of all, I got to build ’em up. But I still got to hold ’em accountable. And you’re looking at guys, like going nuts on people right now is not the answer. It’s just not the answer. Now, can I be tougher on ’em in practice and all that? Yeah, I can. But again, there were things today that I look at and I just say, ‘We’re better than that.’ Now, for me, this is a marathon. I still think this team could be good. Gotta have a full roster, and then we gotta go. I thought offensively we did some good stuff today. But defensively, again, you have six turnovers in a game and you lose the game. I’ve not heard that before. But again, they outrebounded us.”