Calipari working with Teague on game

"I've got to do a better job with Marquis Teague because obviously he is not understanding since he is not playing the way I want him to so that comes back to me because he is listening, and he wants to do the right thing. So he's obviously just not understanding so that comes back to me," said Kentucky's John Calipari Tuesday.

Freshman point guard Marquis Teague has committed 18 turnovers in Kentucky's first four games and obviously coach John Calipari is hoping for a better overall performance tonight from him against Radford tonight.

"I've got to do a better job with Marquis Teague because obviously he is not understanding since he is not playing the way I want him to so that comes back to me because he is listening, and he wants to do the right thing. So he's obviously just not understanding so that comes back to me," said Calipari Tuesday.

In Kentucky's first two games, Teague had 28 points, eight assists and nine turnovers. In the last two, he's had 15 points, four assists and nine turnovers. He is shooting 53.1 percent (17-for-32) from the field and is 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

"He's got a ways to go; he has a long way to go. He's turning it over way too much," Calipari said. "Most of them are of the variety, what's the hardest thing I can do here versus just throwing it to him.

"Just give it up early. He is taking one or two extra dribbles before he passes. Again, I've just got to coach him, he'll listen and learn." Radford has already lost to Marist, a team UK?beat 108-58 to open the season.

Calipari is sure Radford will likely mimic what Old Dominion did Sunday when it used a 3-2 zone and physical play to stymie UK?much of the game before the Cats won 62-52 in their lowest scoring game of the season.

"If they watched the tape (of Old Dominion) they're going to try to be physical, they'll play zone and they'll hold the ball," Calipari said. "I just watched tape on them and they are a good enough team to come in here and beat us if we don't play our game but if we do, it will be hard for them."

That's because Calipari envisions his team eventually being very good against zone defenses.

"I think we will drive the ball and shoot the ball well if you're going to give us those opportunities. We should rebound well, in a zone no one really has a man, they have areas. That means you just go after the rebound," Calipari said. "If you notice, late in the game, all we did was throw it to the post, shoot it and go rebound and that's how we ended up being up 10, 11, 12 (points ahead) at the end of the game."

Calipari also said Tuesday that he might insert senior Darius Miller, the leading scorer in Sunday's win with 13 points, back into the starting lineup after he's come off the bench the last three games.

"The way he played last game I may put him in the starting lineup. Some guys went back to playing passive and they aren't going to be on the floor. The first three minutes of the game Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) wasn't there, he didn't play well. We have to keep looking as we go and we'll figure it out," Calipari said.


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