Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari Pre-Louisville (video)

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Kentucky Wildcats Head Coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell Pre-Louisville and Pre-Grambling Press Conference:

 

Transcript of Cal Presser: 

ON DOMINIQUE HAWKINS SAYING THEY HAVE TO PROVE THEY CAN BEAT A GOOD TEAM:

“Well, I’m glad he’s thinking in those terms because you know this schedule that we’ve played is top-heavy to this point, and, you know, there are games that we won that are good wins for us but they’re not a team that’s in the top five or top 10. So, you know, how many opportunities we have in games like that? How many are we going to have from here on in? Just not having that many opportunities. Again, for us, we’ve got to…This game for us, we’ve got to look like a team. We got to play with more energy. When the adversity hits, we’ve got to respond. Those are three things. The winning will take care of itself. If we look more like a team, if we play with more energy and win adversity hits we respond to it in a positive way. We haven’t to this point in the season, but that’s where we’re going.”

ON WANTING TEAM  TO PLAY IN A POSITIVE WAY:

“Well, the body language. Stuff happens in a game. You can’t worry about officiating. Forget about it. you don’t control it. A bad bounce of the ball, a turnover at times which is a good play – you made the right play and you missed the shot. So what? They come down and make two bomb threes and one of them banks in. So what? Just play. All that other stuff is clutter. Just play, compete, battle. You don’t know whether you’re winning or losing until you do, so don’t really worry about that. Just play. We still have a lot of clutter, but we’re getting better. I mean, my team’s getting better.”

ON SMALL GUARDS GIVING HIS TEAM TROUBLE AND HOW DIFFICULT A MATCHUP LOUISVILLE IS BECAUSE OF THEIR SMALL GUARDS:

“Yeah. It’s going to be hard. I mean, they, not only – they play in fourth and fifth gear. Here they come. So, if your stop at any point, it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, you stopped playing.’ It is really evident. But they run good stuff. They’re well coached. They play hard. If they see weakness, they see blood, they’re coming. Here they come. And they’re a good team. They’re where they should be ranked. They’re a top-five team.”

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