By LARRY VAUGHT
For the first time I can remember this season, an opposing coach praised Kentucky’s toughness.
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said Kentucky was “too tough” for his team after the Wildcats won 87-66 Saturday.
“Sometimes you’ve got to put different guys on the floor. Dudes that are out there playing the most minutes are the toughest guys we have,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.
“They told me after Arkansas your bench scored 36 points, yeah, because three of my best players are coming off the bench. We’re going to score a lot of points.
“So, again, this team, I love the fact — PJ didn’t care that he’s not starting. Hasn’t said one word, and he’s playing his best right now. I didn’t start Wenyen in the second half, he didn’t say anything.
“These guys are all right now bought into what we have to do. We’ve got a couple guys thinking they should play more. But look at the guy in front of you. If I really think that, I’ll say who do you think you should be playing in front of? Tell him to his face, and that dude would probably laugh at him. You’re out of your mind. Lucky you played at all.
‘That’s how — this is the competitiveness. But we’re all for you. Be ready for your opportunity. We need you. This team, we’ve only got 10 guys.”