Before Kentucky’s game vs. Lipscomb Saturday, Bison Coach Scott Sanderson delivered this message to his team- “You aren’t playing the national champions. This is not the same team.”
UK Coach John Calipari has reloaded his roster with talent, but it’s plain to see that these Wildcats are not yet on that level. Case-in-point, walk-on guard Jared Polson is logging 15 minutes per game. Polson, unlike six players on last year’s championship team, will never be drafted by an NBA team. Yes, this year’s Wildcats have some work to do.
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Leading up to the Lipscomb game, Coach Cal expressed some of the frustrations he has with his young squad. He told the Lexington Herald-Leader, “I should never have to coach energy, effort, passion and enthusiasm and be vocal. They can all do that. Well, that’s what my coaching is right now.” To get his team’s attention and create more toughness, Cal scheduled three practices a day leading up to Saturday’s game.