By LARRY VAUGHT
It was John Calipari’s fault that Kentucky lost at Florida Saturday.
Or at least that is what he implied Monday as he starts preparing his team for Friday’s game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals in St. Louis.
“I didn’t scrimmage the week before Florida. Basically, it was a quick turn. Prior to that, we were scrimmaging every chance we could, and I made a decision (not to scrimmage),” Calipari said.
“Every once in a while my decisions aren’t right, few and far between, but there are times they’re not right, and this is probably one of them. It took an edge off some guys that we needed to compete and have more of a competitive spirit.”
But Calipari didn’t stop there. He went on to explain why that “competitive spirit” came out more in scrimmages — or at least I think that is where he was going.
“See the thing they’ve got to learn, especially before you leave us, is that you’re not exchanging baskets. That’s high school, that’s AAU. You’re not exchanging baskets. You are competing with someone else. You’re trying to play harder,” Calipari said.
“You’re trying to keep them from scoring and you’re making plays to get them to foul you or make baskets. You’re not exchanging baskets, and if you’re in that mode, normally you’re going to get beat.”