Kentucky Travels to South Carolina
Feb. 28, 2014
CoachCal.com: No turning back, Cats say they must move forward
The day after a loss, John Calipari doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He wants to mourn.
It’s just how he’s always functioned. A coach who cares so deeply about winning, a loss sends him into a 24-hour recovery period before he resets and moves ahead.
Coach Cal and the Wildcats don’t have that luxury after Thursday night’s 71-67 loss to Arkansas– and perhaps that’s a good thing.
Less than 24 hours after the disappointing loss to the Razorbacks – Kentucky’s second loss in its last three games at Rupp Arena – the UK coaching staff and players had no choice but to pick up the pieces and forget about the letdown with another game on the horizon.
“We’ll watch tape and see what we did wrong, see what we could have done, and then it’ll be out of the window,” Alex Poythress said. “You can’t worry about it no more because that’s how the game of sports is. You can’t dwell on the last game. You get your mind all messed up. You just got to move forward.”
Randle Named Top 10 Semifinalist for Naismith Trophy
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Tipoff Club today has selected Kentucky freshman Julius Randle as one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2014 Men’s Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.
For the season, Randle has hauled in 288 rebounds which stand as the fifth most in UK freshman history. He has also poured in a team-high 439 points on the year. The 439 points are 12th among UK freshman in the record books.
The forward's 15 double-doubles is the 20th most in a single-season in NCAA history for a freshman. He now ranks 10th among any UK player in program history and third among all UK freshman behind DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis who both notched 20 during their freshman campaigns.
The Dallas, Texas, native is currently leading the Wildcats with 15.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per outing.
From March 3-17 the voting academy will select four finalists from this group. Those finalists will be announced March 23.