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Calipari explains — sort of — why Keldon Johnson is better in second half

Keldon Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Against Auburn he was  held scoreless. Against Kansas, he went just 2-for-6 from the field in the first half. Saturday against Florida he didn’t score in the first half, either.

But in Saturday’s second half at Florida, Johnson had 11 points and helped fuel a UK rally just like he did against Kansas a week earlier.

“We just struggled, especially me (in the first half),” Johnson said. “I felt like I was rushing a little bit. Just had to get calmed down and play basketball. I got things going.”

Johnson finished with eight rebounds and said both him and the Cats had a “mental lapse” at times on the boards against the smaller Gators.

So why has Johnson been better in the second half of many games?

“I coach him up in the second half and make him go better,” said coach John Calipari.

Why wait until halftime?

“Because he doesn’t listen to me,” Calipari smiled and said.

1 comment

  1. Good question Larry. Bad answer from Cal. If you don’t do what you’re told, you sit on the bench.

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