By LARRY VAUGHT
Apparently Nick Richards didn’t “man” up in practice Friday the way coach John Calipari wanted.
After the sophomore played just nine minutes in Wednesday’s win, he got in for only one minute in Kentucky’s win over UNC Greensboro on Saturday afternoon. The day before UK assistant coach Kenny Payne said Calipiari wanted Richards to play like a “man” and get more involved in the game.
“I’m playing three bigs (Reid Travis, P.J. Washington, EJ Montgomery) right now, and if the three bigs are all playing well, I’m just going to leave them there,” Calipari said. “You know, we’ll have practice this week. If Nick steps up and he steps in front of one of those guys, one of those other guys won’t play. If there’s foul trouble, be ready.
“Be ready. He went in and blocked a shot, and I just decided, you know what, this game is too tight. I’m not going to mess with it now. And I thought EJ did some good things. I thought EJ wore down.
“You know, they were physical now. They banged and they were not going to back down. That’s a veteran team. That’s an NCAA Tournament team that had Gonzaga beat last year, and this is the same kind of team. ”