Calipari Wants UK to Play as a Team
(John) Calipari said at halftime Tuesday that the reason for the erratic play was the freshmen he had on the court — three most of the time in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis. He said there was too much one-on-one play. He even called it AAU basketball at one point.
The message was received.
“We had a bunch of young guys who were trying to play and do their own thing,’’ Calipari said. “I’ve got a bunch of young players and you wonder why I’m going crazy. We’ve got to learn how to finish a game.’’
Well, the real problem seems to be understanding how to start a game. Of UK’s 19 turnovers, 12 came in the first half. Teague eventually settled down, though, and Terrence Jones bullied his way around the basket. There was steady play from senior Darius Miller, fast-break production from Gilchrist and Lamb and the shot-blocking of Davis — all adding up to a dominant second-half performance.
“It’s early and we’ve got a whole different group of guys,’’ Jones said. “We have to learn.’’