John Calipari says that his Kentucky Wildcats development is just beginning

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Feb 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his players in a time out during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Missouri 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s win over Missouri seemed to have put the Kentucky Wildcats back in the mock NCAA brackets, but there are still four games remaining in the regular season. At yesterdays press availability, John Calipari was asked about his teams development and he said that his teams development is “just beginning. Here are those comments, as well as the rest of Calipari’s press opportunity:

Feb. 20, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Craig Sword (32) drives the ball past Alabama Crimson Tide guard Trevor Releford (12) during the first half at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama won 64-56. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s face it. Tonight’s game versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs needs and should be a hearty blowout. The Bulldogs are one of the worst teams in the country and have lost 12 games in a row. And it’s not like they are like a Vanderbilt and losing hard luck games. Only three of the losses have been single digit losses and six have been by 25 points or more, including two forty point losses. As a matter of fact, the average margin of loss over the last 12 games has been 21.4 points. You can call them the direct opposite of the 1996 NCAA Champion Wildcats who will be honored at halftime.

As you can guess, this is a historically bad season for the Bulldogs:  


The record for longest losing streak is 14 (1955). If the losing continues, State would be up against tying the record when Ole Miss comes to Starkville, and breaking it at Colombia, South Carolina on March 6th.

No MSU team has lost to Mississippi twice in the same year since 1998 (pre-Stansbury). What’s more, they are in the midst of a free-fall, losing 5 of their last 7 and their dream of going to the NCAA Tournament is slipping away. So…there’s a chance to shatter some dreams. The March 2nd game is a big one.

The 42-point beat down at the hands of Missouri was good enough to tie for 8th worst of all-time. There’s a trip to Lexington, Kentucky next week, let’s not double-dip in that top 10.

State has already lost more games (18) this year than any year since 1997. MSU hasn’t lost 20 games since 1987, Richard Williams’ first year, when they lost 21. But there are 6 games left (including SEC Tournament), so we could potentially lose as many as 24 games. The Mississippi State basketball program has NEVER lost more than 22 games in a year. The worst season in history was 1986: 8-22.


February 12, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jarrod Polson (5) calls a play against the Florida Gators during the second half at the Stephen C. O

As I mentioned earlier, yesterday was media opportunity day for Kentucky basketball and Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer also met the media:

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