“Walter [McCarty] and their team deserved to win,” said Calipari opening the press conference. “If we would have somehow pulled it out, you know, it would have been, kind of wouldn’t even have been fair because they fought us the whole game and they were the tougher team. They executed, they made shots and threes and free throws. My hat’s off to them. It’s hard to do that in this building, but they were more ready to play. He had his team better prepared than I had my team.”
Bite the bullet.
Grow & get that magical “toughness”.
They still live to play another 30 games or so.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If Cal doesn’t learn some new tricks, he’ll never make it back to the Final Four. He’ll have glam teams. He’ll make it to the Elite Eight. He’ll have lots of Lottery Picks. He’ll make a ton of money. And Kentucky Basketball won’t make it back to the Final Four.
I thought, foolishly, that this year Cal had picked up some new tricks. Hopefully, he has. May it be so.
If not, it’ll be at least a decade and a new coach before Kentucky Basketball sees another Final Four.
Kentucky has some great players this year. Tyrese Maxey is pure GOLD! Immanuel Quickley is good enough to get to the NBA. Ashton Hagans reminds me of a timid Ramel Bradley. Overhyped and under-talented. The Cats will rebound and I firmly expect this team to be a High 2 to 3 Seed by the end of the year. There’s the possibility that Maxey and Sestina leads them to a to a 1 Seed. They’ll be good by the end of the year.
I still question Cal’s ability to make it back to the Final Four. His teams are beginning to be exceptionally high Tubby teams in that they are never complete and lack great shooters. You can play the greatest defense of the age but you still have to score the ball. Points on the board. Kentucky, right now, is scoring challenged.
Cal will get them turned around. He’ll tweak and he’ll fall short. But, he’s probably got another Lottery Pick in Tyrese Maxey.
This was a great lesson for all of us, including me. I mean, we could say they got outplayed and I could tell you I got out-coached.