By LARRY VAUGHT
I think Kentucky fans will agree with John Calipari about this.
“You want it to hurt,” Calipari said about how he hopes his players reacted to Tuesday’s 118-84 loss to Duke Tuesday.
“And then I want you to look in the mirror and be real, no delusion. They were a better team and they played as a team. They worked together. We worked against each other. They played harder with more of a chip, which is usually us,” Calipari said.
“And I’ll even go further and say they were better coached than we were.”
Some Kentucky fans likely will agree with Calipari’s coaching comparison, too, because UK was overmatched from start to finish. The Cats tried to run with Duke — a big, big mistake.
Kentucky plays again tonight against Southern Illinios, a team one would think it would easily defeat. But after Tuesday night, who knows?
“Let’s all look at it and let’s learn and move on. No practice yesterday. I was like jacked to get started, but we had to give them a day off and so we’re going to watch some film here in a minute and then we gotta move on,” Calipari said Thursday.
“And just so everybody understands, I was never intoxicated or blown away by Bahamas because everybody kind of goes back. There weren’t game plans. There weren’t teams that would grind it out and move it, move it, move it, move in on defense. And there were things that I saw.
“I knew then and I know now: We have a chance of being really good, but I knew even then, boy, we got a ways to go. And so that may have hurt us more than helped us. This may have helped us more than hurt us. We just gotta see.”