Kentucky rebounded from its loss to Alabama over the weekend with an 11-point victory against Texas A&M. However, John Calipari wasn’t thrilled with the Wildcats’ performance.
There are many positive takeaway from this game, which includes shooting 91.3 percent from the free-throw line and forcing 19 turnovers. Nonetheless, Calipari is known for always trying to find ways to improve even in a win.
Although it didn’t seem like Kentucky was struggling to match Texas A&M when in any department, the legendary head coach thought his team didn’t show enough fight.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that Calipari was upset with the overall result, but there is certainly room for improvement.
The first half was impressive for the Wildcats as they outscored the Aggies by 12 points, led by standout guards Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans.
Unfortunately for Kentucky, the second half was a pure example of being outworked. Well, at least that is what Calipari believes happened.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
Maybe they don’t think they are being outworked. But you know, if you’re playing 25 minutes and you get two rebounds and the guy you’re guarding against gets eight rebounds, the ball was bouncing his way — oh, OK. I mean, we just, again, even guards. How about this one: You’re coming off a screen from Reid Travis, who is a beast and the best screener in the last 10 years, and the man pushes you off the screen and does not get screened. Did he outwork you? Yes, he did. He got Reid. All you’ve got to do is run him in. Don’t let him push you away. You fight him more than he fights you and run him into the screen. Now, I thought that’s what Tyler (Herro) did in the second half, which got him in the middle of the lane. Did a great job of fighting. But if you don’t fight, that’s all competitive stuff
One glaring issue from Kentucky was its inability to dominate the boards. Another flaw was that Texas A&M actually shot better from beyond the arc and finished with more total rebounds in a hostile environment.
The Wildcats will look to get rid of these problems on Saturday, when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores.