Posted: Feb 18, 2013 4:41 PM by Mary Jo Perino
Coachability. It's a word that's been tossed around a lot since the beat down at Tennessee. After the game, John Calipari questioned whether some of his guys we're accepting his coaching. He clarified those remarks on Sunday, and talked about it again on Monday.
"During a game on the bench, there are a lot of things I say. If a guy is not listening, is not playing rough enough, isn't coming up with 50-50 balls, there's a lot of things I say. But this team is a team that a bunch of good guys, they want to do well, some of this is overwhelming. We just lost our best player and why a guy wouldn't listen, or why he's not going out and doing what we're asking him to do, we're just trying to say hey man listen to what we're saying. You can't play the way you're playing," Calipari said on the SEC teleconference.
Things are going to change, Cal said, both offensively and defensively. It's a new team without Nerlens Noel, and it took the game Saturday for everyone to recognize that.
"It's obvious without Nerlens we're a little different. It doesn't mean we're 40 points different, but we're a little different. We're going to have to play stronger, we're going to have to cover for each other a little bit more. We can't just let people shoot lay ups, which is what happened last game," said Calipari.
As for the point guard situation, Cal said that will be determined in practice. Jarrod Polson started against Tennessee and Ryan Harrow came off the bench. Harrow had perhaps his worst game as a Cat in Knoxville.