By LARRY VAUGHT
After losing two games in Las Vegas in four days, Kentucky’s coaches and players get a four-day break — just like they do each year — before returning to campus to prepare for the Dec. 28 game against Louisville.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said the break was “good for me” after Saturday’s 71-65 loss to Ohio State.
“I don’t know if it’s good for them (UK players). Nine of them are already going to the airport, going separate ways home,” Calipari said. “Johnny’s (Juzang) got the shorter trip to L.A.. He’s laughing, ‘I’ll be home in 30 minutes.’ The rest of us got long flights.”
The players did but getting away should be good because a two-game losing streak in late December its not normal for a Calipari team — or UK fans.
Still, the coach wants the coach to enjoy the break.
“I grabbed each of them individually and talked to them and just told them, maybe gave them a critique a little bit but I said, ‘Go have fun with your family, we’ll deal with it when we come back,” Calipari said.
Say amen Kentucky fans. That was the perfect thing to say. Basketball is a game. Christmas is life.
“We do this every year (take a break),” Calipari said. “The NCAA’s made it not an option any more. You got to take four days. Well we always took four days.”
“I basically did it because I really cared about my own family. I wanted to be with my family for four days. I don’t care. I’m not playing over Christmas, I’m not, we’re taking four, five days, three days, this year we’ll take four, but now the NCAA makes everybody do it,” Calipari said.
“I thought it was an advantage for us. Because we were playing teams that were given no Christmas break and they would play and get ready and I thought it was our advantage because of how we did it. So now it’s no longer an advantage,” Calipari said.