Since John Clay is off this week, here’s a look at some of today’s top stories concerning UK basketball…
Calipari experimented with 12 different lineups, by one media member’s count. Using only seven players through the first 34 minutes-plus, UK went small, medium and extra large with a collection of players co-existing under game conditions for the first time.
“He could just be talking normal, and then something could happen that wasn’t even dealing with me and it’s just like, ‘Aaaaaahhh!,'” Harrow said. “‘Why didn’t you make this happen?!'”
John Calipari has again assembled an extremely talented roster, but one thing this team really lacks is experience. There are going to be noticeable struggles early as this unit finds their identity and style.
For the third consecutive year, the Kentucky coach essentially is replacing his starting lineup with a cast of likely one-and-done freshmen. They come in as one of the best recruiting classes in the nation — if not the best — and Calipari will try to get them to play unselfishly. If they do, they’ll almost certainly be in the mix for a national championship.
His ability to run an effective offense, while dealing with players still getting used to each other and the college level at the same time, will be key to Kentucky’s success this season.
Although Calipari has mastered the formula for the one-and-done generation better than any other coach in the country, there’s always the possibility the freshmen on his roster will make the mistakes most freshmen make.