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The Transylvania head coach, preparing for his team's exhibition against Kentucky, hooked his computer up to the big screen in the conference room and got ready to study.
It wasn't film of UK's Blue-White Scrimmage that he had queued up. Instead, it was a live stream of a John Calipari press conference.
"When you all were at press conference," Lane told the media assembled for his interviews after UK's 76-42 win over Transy, "I was over in my conference room with my computer and him on the big screen listening to him and he was giving me the scouting report that I knew I was getting ready."
Facing a supremely talented team with size, athleticism and depth, Lane knew his only option was to make life as hard as possible for the Wildcats. The visiting Pioneers did just that in staying within single digits of the nation's preseason No. 1 team for the much of the second half by burying six 3-pointers and playing a compressed zone defense.
As frustrating as it may have been, it was just what Coach Cal knew his team needed.
"Brian did exactly what we wanted Transy to do: played really hard, spread the court, kept coming at us, made 3s, sagged on defense, and were physical," Calipari said.
The game plan is one many UK opponents figure to use the rest of the season. Few teams, if any, will be able to match the Cats player for player, so they will instead try to take Kentucky away from its strengths.
On Friday night, the Cats allowed it to happen. The only reason why was they didn't play with the urgency Calipari expects of them.
"The biggest thing that's learned is energy and effort trumps talent," Calipari said. "It just does. It always has, it always will."
Even the members of UK's nine-member freshman class have been around long enough to see the angry side of Coach Cal, but he was particularly vocal in the halftime locker room.
"He got on us a lot because a lot of people, all of us really, our energy level wasn't up," said Dakari Johnson, who had nine points and eight rebounds in just 17 minutes. "I think at the start of the second half our energy level picked up. We've just got to keep that energy level throughout the whole game."
UK rode that wave of energy to a 23-4 run to open the second half and held Transy to 4-of-24 (16.7 percent) shooting over the final 20 minutes.
"I mean, we just pressured the ball more and we just played harder," said Julius Randle, who tallied a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds on just nine shots. "And when we got the rebound we just pushed it and we were kind of able to break open that lead, but we should have been like that from the beginning of the game."
But even the second half was not without its blips.
After Marcus Lee -- who provided a burst of energy in his nine second-half minutes -- hit a short jumper extend UK's lead to 64-34, Calipari inserted Randle, Johnson, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress and James Young. Transylvania promptly scored six unanswered and Calipari called timeout to make a five-for-five substitution to bring back in Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dominique Hawkins, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson.
In his four years at Kentucky, Calipari hasn't often used line-change-style substitutions, but he's not afraid to do it now that he has the bodies.
"If we get that kind of effort, that's exactly what will happen," Calipari said. "They'll all come out."
Within 35 seconds, Cauley-Stein came up with a steal and passed ahead to Hawkins, who fed Hood for an alley-oop that was the highlight of the evening.
The takeaway is clear: The bench is once again Calipari's ally, and he won't be bashful about using it.
"That's a pretty firm message," Randle said. "It's true because we have so many players that came here to win and if you're not trying to win basketball games and compete and play hard then you don't deserve to be on the court."
Though he may have been among the five players replaced in the aforementioned timeout substitution, Randle doesn't need the bench as a motivation. He delivered a handful of plays that made Calipari's comparison of the freshman forward's motor to that of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist seem not so farfetched.
In fact, he plans to take it upon himself to reinforce what his coach is trying to teach.
"A lot of the stuff I gotta do is by action," Randle said. "I kind of lead by example, but I've gonna have to be more vocal with our guys and just kind of get on guys when they're slacking because we can't afford that. The season's next week, so we can't afford stuff like that."
That's spoken like a player who has completely bought in to what Calipari is saying.
"He's not going to get onto us about something that's unfair to us," Randle said. "Everything he's talking about is fair and he's getting onto us for the right reasons: because he wants the best for us."
The idea is for the Cats to take Randle's lead and flip the old energy-beating-talent adage on its head and combine the two sides of it. That starts with two practices each on Saturday and Sunday before UK's final exhibition on Monday against Montevallo.
"Now, talent that trumps the energy and effort, and they do both, like they come out, then you dominate play," Calipari said.
Randle believes it's just a matter of time.
"It's hard," Randle said. "It's tough. Mentally you gotta fight it, but we're all mentally tough to fight that type of stuff. It's first time we've been asked to play like this. We'll outgrow it and all of us will step up."
Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Jarrod Polson
Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Jarrod Polson
During that time, the Wildcats have become intimately familiar with one another. They've had more than their share of intense battles, culminating with Tuesday's Blue-White Scrimmage.
The process has been fun and beneficial, but the Cats are ready for the practice-only period to be over. They're ready to see some colors other than Blue and White.
"We've been playing together now for 22 practices, so I think they're just about ready to put it out there against somebody else," Calipari said.
It isn't just that the Cats are tired of beating up one another either. With 12 talented scholarship players on the roster, practices and scrimmages have been ultra-competitive and physical, but that's exactly what this group wants.
The reason why the idea of taking on Transylvania in UK's first exhibition at 7 p.m. ET on Friday is so enticing is that the Cats are eager to see what it looks like when all that talent is on one side.
Instead of doing battle with Willie Cauley-Stein in the post and chasing him up and down the floor, Dakari Johnson will be checking in for him or even playing alongside him. Instead of Jarrod Polson and Dominique Hawkins dogging Andrew and Aaron Harrison every minute, they'll be giving them breathers.
"It's going to be scary," Dakari Johnson said. "We go up against each other and you're going up against guys as the same talent level as you and when you mix us all together, I'm just looking forward to seeing how it looks."
Not even Johnson's coach is sure what it will look like.
At the Blue-White Scrimmage, fans got a taste of all the lineup options Coach Cal has to choose from. Calipari has been gathering as much information and measuring players in competitive scenarios as possible and the exhibition is another opportunity to see how the Cats look with the lights on.
"We'll see," Calipari said. "We're still trying to evaluate who's in that top six, seven, eight, who is it? We get another look. The scrimmage kind of put out one thing, well let's see it against somebody else and see how our guys do."
Most of the big names impressed in the scrimmage, but it was a freshman without a five-star rating who was the revelation. Derek Willis poured in 21 points, including five made 3s, in spite of being matched up with preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Julius Randle for much of the evening.
"Practice, it definitely carried over into the game and I was just shooting well," Willis said. "It was a scrimmage, but I felt like I showed people what I could do and I had fun."
Willis includes Calipari in that group of people he may have surprised.
"I think Cal's expectations definitely changed for me," Willis said. "He didn't know how good I was."
Just as importantly, Calipari says Willis didn't have a complete grasp of his own talent.
"He didn't know how good he was," Calipari said. "He's playing in the best shape he's ever been in; he's more physical than he's ever been. He's driving balls through bumps, which I'd never seen him do."
Willis has come a long way from pickup games this summer when he was forced to ride the bench as former Wildcats now in the NBA paraded through Lexington.
"There wasn't a lot of space to play," Willis said. "So coming around practice time and stuff, I was getting to play more and I was getting to blend in and feel myself out. It ended up working well and I'm playing real well with the guys."
So well, in fact, that Willis is making a major push for playing time.
Just seven months removed from a season during which UK had no bench to speak of, Calipari is finding himself wondering how he can even work his way to down to his customary seven- or eight-man rotation. That's a challenge, but one that figures to only help the Cats.
"The great news is, everybody's challenged," Calipari said. "You have guys playing really well, where now all of a sudden I'm in my office at 10:30 (p.m.), and I hear, 'Thump, thump, thump.' The guy playing against that guy now, he's in the gym saying, 'I've got to get some extra work in, this guy's really playing well.' "
Cats sound off on No. 1 ranking
Johnson heard the news from reporters as he fielded questions about UK's exhibition vs. Transylvania: The Cats will open the season at the nation's No. 1 team in both major polls.
The Associated Press released its preseason top 25 on Thursday afternoon and UK came in just ahead of second-place Michigan State, receiving 27 of 65 possible first-place votes.
"I didn't know that," Johnson said. "It's a blessing to be ranked No. 1, but it just says we have a (target) on our back now. We really have to stay focused. That's not the main thing we're focused on is being No. 1. We're just trying to be the best team we can be."
Willis had gotten word before he stepped into the media horde, but his reaction was much the same.
"It's a great thing," Willis said. "Being No. 1 is a great achievement so far, but we have a lot of work to do."
Considering how heavily UK will rely on its highly regarded eight-man freshman class, shouldering the burden of a top ranking is a natural concern. But this is Kentucky, after all. Pressure is just part of the deal.
"I feel like even before the season we had a lot of pressure," Willis said. "There was a lot of talk about 40-0 and all that stuff. We've ignored that. We're just continuing to work every day and work on ourselves. We're not worried about what the media is saying right now."
Andrew Harrison's knee creating opportunity for others
Asked about the knee injury that kept Andrew Harrison out of the second half of the Blue-White Scrimmage, Coach Cal said he was not sure yet whether the freshman point guard will play on Friday.
UPDATE: Calipari tweeted after practice on Thursday that Andrew Harrison will miss the Transylvania game, saying Alex Poythress -- who "had a great practice," according to Coach Cal -- will start in his place.
The injury is a bone bruise, which means the only remedy is time off. As a result, his twin brother Aaron has had to step in at point guard in practice, which Calipari believes will only help the long-term prospects of the team.
"And right now it's good because Aaron's playing point," Calipari said. "It's giving us a chance to look at James Young playing both the two and the three. Now it gives us a chance to maybe put other guys at the three, try Julius at the three."
This kind of situation is exactly why Coach Cal built this roster the way he did. A short-term injury last year would have - and often did -- cripple the Cats in practice to the point where there were times UK couldn't even go five-on-five.
Now, it's just next man up.
"We kind of got a good kind of mix," Calipari said. "But right now with him being out, one guy's misery is another guy's blessing, another guy's opportunity, and that's what's happened for us."