Oct 24, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) dribbles the ball around forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) during the Kentucky-Blue and White scrimmage at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Calipari looks ahead to Northwood



Has it really been nearly seven months since the Cats took home the 2012 title? It feels just like yesterday. But then again, we can look forward to this season with much optimism. And it all begins tomorrow night against NAIA runner-up Northwood in an exhibition game.

Here’s the thing: so much is unexpected for tomorrow night. Will the freshmen be ready to play in front of a crowd on gameday at Rupp Arena? Alex Poythress says he’s excited. “It’s my first game, first chance to show the fans what we’re made of, show them how good we can be and just how we’re going to work.”

Who will even be starting for the Cats? Calipari said today he doesn’t even have a set lineup yet. “What I’m tinkering with is combinations. So trying to figure out when these guys are in together how do we play? When that group is in together, how do we play? That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Calipari also was quick to note that Kentucky’s defense is “awful”. “We’ve just got a long way to go. Defensively, we’re just awful right now. We don’t stay in front of anybody, we got guys stopping left and right and think it’s OK, or ‘It wasn’t my man and stuff like that.’”

The players, though, say that they’re ready to go and play someone else for a change. The scrimmages have become somewhat of a broken record for Julius Mays. “It’ll be fun to actually play against somebody else for once.”

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