Here’s some of the main points John Calipari shared with the media about the Wildcats upcoming game against the Witchita St. Shockers.
Q. “John, Gregg said he showed that tape (2014 UK-WSU) to this group of Wichita State players to just show them what it’s like to go against a Kentucky team and Kentucky bigs, even though the players are different. What are the chances you could do that to show what a Wichita State team coached by Gregg Marshall is like?”
“There’s all kinds of ways of doing this, and it’s just not something I would do because the players are all different. And I’m just worried about us playing at our best. We’re going to have to have a heck of a game to win the game, we know that, and play better than we played yesterday to win the game.
They’re talented. They’re big. They’re physical. They’re strong. They’re veterans. Good Team.”
Q. “John, Wichita State really kind of took off in mid-January when they made Landry Shamet the point guard. What are your impressions of him?”
“He’s really good. He’s really good. He’s fearless. He’s not afraid, can shoot it, runs their team. He’s good. He’s a good player.”
Q. “John, Wichita State talked about doing the little things, like boxing out, rotating on defense. How well do your guys do those things? How well do they do them? And what difference could that make?”
I’ve watched four tapes of theirs. I can just about tell you that they viciously go after offensive rebounds. If you don’t rebound in the game, you don’t have a chance to beat them.
They also are not afraid to go inside. They’ll be physical when you drive. I mean, you’re not getting a clear drive. YOu’re going to have a body on you, something on you.
It’s the kind of game that’s just a competitive, you know what it’s going to be, and you love walking into those kin of games, know how good they are. You got an unbelievable opponent who plays with heart and fight and battles, and you bring your team in, your young team, and say let’s see what we are. Let’s see what we are at that point.
Our team has gotten better. We really have. But still, there are gaps. And if you have a gap against this team, it will be bam, bam, bam, babe, time-out. What just happened to us? Let’s get this back in order.
So I’m looking forward to it just because I know how good they are. It’s going to be a hard game, and I want to see how my young guys respond.”
Shouldn be a fun match up between the two teams.