Cats aren't the team they will be in a month

John Calipari on his team's exposed weaknesses: "The good news is, our areas we need to get better at within the team and then how we play are very easy to see. So a lot of what we're doing right now is individually and as groups talking about how we have to be, talking about trust, having respect for each other's games, understanding that a month from now is not what we're going to look like."

Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke at length on the weaknesses of his team being exposed by a schedule that had the Wildcats playing a large number of early games away from the friendly confines of Rupp Arena.

"Well, you see now why I didn't want to go to Maui. This team was too young to go play seven games with five of them away from home, and now eight games with six of them away from home (counting Wednesday's game against Notre Dame in Louisville, Ky.); we're too young of a team. But the good news is, our areas we need to get better at within the team and then how we play are very easy to see. So a lot of what we're doing right now is individually and as groups talking about how we have to be, talking about trust, having respect for each other's games, understanding that a month from now is not what we're going to look like. Figuring out how we're going to play at the end of a game. I talked to them about trust, because we have so many young guys, you have to tell them that means when you talk defense, when you talk offense, when you talk a will to win, what does that mean? So I have to explain it to them where you would think they know. I talked to them about what it means on a game day, from the pregame meal on, how to prepare for a game. Things that you would think they know that they don't. Like I said, we're a young team but we've got the pieces we need to do well. But to play a senior-oriented team like Notre Dame is going to be a hard challenge. You're talking about five seniors who have been through the wars. They've played on that floor more than my guys. It'll be a tough challenge for us."

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