Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:08 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 6:32 PM
Back in early November, if I would have told you that one of the bigger games of the year potentially would be at Ole Miss, you probably would have said I'm crazy. That's what I would have said if you told me.
Kentucky has to beat a Top 25 team. That's Ole Miss. Ranked 16th, it's something no one expected.
Ole Miss is physical. They will talk trash. Especially their star Marshall Henderson, who leads the SEC in scoring and Cal says will shoot at least 13 shots from downtown Tuesday night. Cal believes this is exactly what his team needs.
"Oh, I'd like for us to lose our composure," says Cal. "It's what I'm looking for. Lose your composure. Get mad. Get angry. Be mad to be great. Oh sorry. What? Be mad! And if he talks to you talk back to him. Be mad! Compete, battle, toughness. Swagger. It's hard to have a swagger when you are ducking, when you are running."
Running? That's strong.
When Cal heard that there were some True Blue Fans ripping Archie Goodwin, he put out a letter to defend him. Says Archie comes early and stays late when it comes to practice. That he comes to the gym on his own at night. That he is a good teammate. And of course, there is a but..
"Just doesn't have the right mindset. Doesn't know shot selection. Plays out of control. Because it's how he's always played."
"It's DeAndre Liggins. Can we get him to play the right way. And, when you get a kid to play the right way he becomes a killer. Right now, he's a killer, but sometimes he's killing us."
If Archie figures it out, and if Alex Poythress' 20 points and 12 rebounds against LSU isn't an accident, this becomes a different team.