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Quotes From Cal As Cats Look For Statement Win Against Ole Miss

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 8:57 PM

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Kentucky Coach John Calipari

On Willie Cauley-Stein's condition ...

"Willie is good, making the trip. Don't know if he'll practice today. He's running up and down and I don't
know if I want him to do that, but he may. I would guess doubtful for Tuesday. The word questionable? I
don't know. He'll probably try to convince me he's ready so we'll see."

On how he'll deal with Marshall Henderson and the environment at Ole Miss ...

"This is all good. Let me just tell you. They're very physical. You watch the game last year; it was a tie game
except for four minutes in the second half where we blew the game open. The rest of the game was a tie
game and they battled and they did not step back, and we were a good team last year. They're all back and
they've got a guy that, he must remind Andy [Kennedy] of Andy. Just get in there and the ultimate green
light. Shoot every ball if you want and the kid feels. He gets it going that way."

On whether he would have Archie Goodwin guard Marshall Henderson ...

"I don't know yet. We're trying to figure out how we'll play it. We did some stuff yesterday at practice but
(Henderson)'s going to take 14 three's. Whether you're on him, you're not on him, he's taking 13 three's. I
love his energy and his excitement about playing. He loves the game. It was a great thing Ray Lewis did,
and I showed the guys, one of the things he said, ‘The reason I could last this long, I love it. I love
everything about it. I love the game.' I stopped the tape, ‘Do you love playing? Or are you more happy when
practice is over than when it starts?' Everything I'm trying to do is get these guys to grow up fast and the
biggest thing is to get them to recognize what they're doing, what it looks like. You have to recognize it
before you can change it."

On whether he feels like there is more of a sense of urgency surrounding this game ...

"Everyone is. You know, if you told me you're going to lose this and win the next nine, ‘Alright, wake me up
when it's over. I'll sit and watch the game.' So, it doesn't matter, no. It's another learning experience for us.
They've got to learn about themselves, and that's the biggest thing. Someone said, ‘How do you build
confidence?' You do it on the court by demonstrated performance. You quit hanging your head. When
another team makes a run, quit hanging your head. Quit slouching over. Just keep balling, keep playing. It's
just something hard to break, but they're trying. The crazy thing I keep coming back to, we have a bunch of
good guys. There are no evil dudes in there. They've got bad habits and they've got a mindset that is not
conducive to team play, and all of those things we're trying to change, but they're good guys. They've
played a certain way their whole lives and you can't win at this level playing that way. But they're learning,
they're getting better. I look at certain guys on our team and say, ‘wow, they really improved.' Now we just
have to have two things, each individual, what would it look like if each individual played the best version of
themselves and then what would it look like if our team knew exactly what we were going to do and we're
going to be the best version of ourselves. We're not close to that, some other teams are, well they've been
together. I'll be honest with you, Mississippi is, they're the best version of themselves right now. They're
playing physical, they get down, it doesn't faze them, they get up, they bury you. They'll make shots, they're
strong inside, whatever they're running they run well. You're not going to be able to go down there and
compete with them either being soft, mentally or physically, or not being a good version of yourself,
preparing to play great, it doesn't mean you play great but you at least prepare to play great."

On what it would take for Willie Cauley-Stein to convince him he was ready to play ...

"It's a ways away. We'll have to see."

On Ole Miss' confidence ...

"That's what my teams historically have been, those are my teams. We always like to play front-running
teams, which when they have it going good, they're chest-bumping and doing it and when it goes in, they
wilt. That's who we've always wanted to play. That's what Mississippi is, they are the kind of the team that
I've coached historically, which is, doesn't matter what the score is, we're balling, we're doing this together
and if I'm not playing well I'll do something else to help this team win because that's the whole mindset, it's
not about me, it's about us and that's how they play. They're good; they are a really good team. They're top-
15, they may even be better than that."

On the best version of this team ...

"We're not, I don't want to say we're the least version of ourselves but we're certainly not the best version.
But look, we're getting better. It seems like one kid will play better and then another just steps back. All the
sudden Ryan (Harrow) was playing well and now it's almost like we have to play Jarrod (Polson). And then
all of the sudden, Archie (Goodwin) does fine and then all of the sudden he's taking bad shots and then
Alex (Poythress) is not competing then he's playing well. Now you have Kyle and Nerlens playing well and
you have the injury. We've had a lot of stuff thrown at us, no excuses but we just have to get to that point in
the season where everyone totally surrenders to each other. Surrender to each other, do it, talk more. ‘I
don't like to talk.' You're hurting your teammate by not talking. ‘I know, do I have to move my lips when I talk
or can I do it without moving my lips?' You just have to surrender and do what the team needs you to do
and we're just not quite there."

On if Henderson is an X-Factor ...

"I would say he's that type of guy. There may be special attention paid to him. What you end up doing if you
pay too much attention to him, all of a sudden two big guys get 20 and 20 and then you've got no chance of
beating them. A lot of times you want one guy to get 30 and not let the other guys get any. And there are
many times I've coached a game where I've said we're letting him get his 30-35, let him try. And if he's on
fire, then OK, we've got problems. And if he's shooting it anyway, and he doesn't... And sometimes we do it
with big guys. Why trap them? Let him try to get 40. It will take out this guy, that guy, that guy. Now, that's
not how we played the kid (Texas A&M's Elston) Turner, but there are times we do it."

On lessons learned from Turner applying towards Henderson ...

"No, but he's probably watching that tape, I would say. Their team probably watched that tape, us falling
into screens, hands down, beat on the dribble, beat on curl cuts, stopping, acting exhausted, just whaling
with no bones in your body. I imagine they watched it, though."

On why he defended Archie Goodwin on his website ...

"Because DeWayne (Peevy) said, ‘Yeah, some people after Alabama took some shots at Archie.' I go, ‘For
what?' ‘For some of the shot selection.' I said, ‘We had two other guys play so bad, did they say anything
about anybody else? Why would they say anything about him? This kid works his butt off.' So after I slept
on it, I said I wanted to make a statement so that everybody knows that he's the first one in the gym. He's
the last one to leave. He comes in the evening. He does what he's supposed to do. He's a good teammate.
He just doesn't have the right mindset, doesn't know shot selection, plays out of control, because that's how
he's always played. So, now, it's DeAndre Liggins. Can we get him to play the right way? And when you get
a kid like that to play the right way, he becomes a killer. Right now, he's a killer, but sometimes he's killing
us. I can deal with that versus a kid that's scared or doesn't show up for the game. There's nothing you can
tell me about that. That's why I said that we had other guys at Alabama that did not show up for the game.
No one said anything? Then why would you say something about this kid then? So that's the only reason I
said it."

On why Nerlens Noel isn't getting the praise that Anthony Davis did last season ...

"Because we're not winning like we were. If we were winning, he'd be getting all the praise. If we were
winning like we were last year, he'd be getting all the praise. He is getting better and better. Everyone that
sees him says he's a way better player, and I agree. He's working in practice. I just told him like I told John
Wall, take other people with you. I don't care that you're doing all this and stuff's good, take some other
guys with you. Grab them. If they don't want to go, push them aside. Take guys with you so that it's not just
you. Take them with you. Let's all play well."

On his team's composure on Tuesday night ...

"I'd like us to lose our composure. Like lose your composure. Get mad. Get angry. Be mad to be great.
(Calipari mumbles inaudibly) ‘Sorry, you can't...' What? Be mad. And if he talks, talk back to him. Be mad. I
mean compete, battle, fight, toughness, swagger. It's hard to have a swagger when you're ducking and
you're running. You've got to dig your heels in. And this is why I'm saying, all of this stuff is good for our
team. If we're going to get it, it's going to be competing in games like this and growing."

Kentucky Players

#12, Ryan Harrow, G, Soph.

On how big the game tomorrow is for the team ...

"It is big for us, but I think it is bigger for them because they are the ones who are supposed to win. If we
come out there and beat them, it will be a big thing for us. We just have to be ready to play and be physical.
They are a big team."

On how much this team needs a quality win ...

"It would be really good to get a quality win over a big team like Ole Miss. We are just trying to focus on
getting our best game."

On if he agrees with Coach Calipari that the team plays to not lose instead of playing to win and how the
team can change that ...

"I think so. I think we get afraid of losing sometimes and we already have the lead. That is what he has
mentioned to me and that it's how the other teams are able to come back. It's just a learning thing. We just
need to continue to play like we played to get that lead."
On if it is the team is afraid of losing or slacking off because they have a comfortable lead ...
"That may be it also. We feel like we are comfortable and we have the lead so we feel like the other team
may not try as much, but they always seem to come back."
On what he thinks of this game's opportunity to improve the team's standings ...
"If we just do the things Coach prepares us to do, and not let the one kid (Henderson) get off, I think we will
be good. If we just go out there and have fun and play hard for 40 minutes, I think we will do good."

#22, Alex Poythress, F, Fr.

On Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson ...

"He's a good player that gets up a lot of shots. He's got a nice little stroke so we will have to contain him
and put a hand up on his shots."

On the antics of Marshall Henderson ...

"I'm aware of it. We have seen and heard some stuff, but I guess that's just part of his game."

On the keys to winning tomorrow's game ...

"Just playing within our system and playing a complete game. Giving people open shots, hitting shots,
running the floor, getting easy buckets and getting it into the post. All of the little things really."
On getting used to the atmosphere of a road game ...
"There is always going to be sold out games and everybody will be yelling and screaming because we're
Kentucky. We just have to get ready to play ball."

On the challenges Ole Miss' frontcourt brings with its size ...

"It is going to be a big challenge. Henderson is not their only player on the team. They have other pieces
that help them go. We are just going to have to play a good game and play some defense."

On facing a ranked opponent ...

"It is an opportunity for us. We are taking this one game at a time, so we are just looking ahead to
tomorrow's game."