"You can't play that way. I would rather them bump heads and knock it out of bounds than having a guy go half speed after it and their guy push us out of the way and grab the ball," Calipari said.
Despite Calipari's worries about UK's lack of physical play, especially in Southeastern Conference games, the Cats are 17-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play going into Tuesday's game against Arkansas. Yet Calipari can only wonder what might happen if he got all his top players performing the way he believes they can. "It would be scary, but it starts with physical play. If those guys will play more physical, those guys will be more aggressive offensively and make better plays. Simple," Calipari said. "Everything happens from physical play. When you negate it, you get and-ones, get a steal, get a breakout. You fly. You don't jog up and down the court," Calipari said.
"All that stuff ... and there is no easy way to it. The easiest way to play is move around the perimeter and shoot jump shots. ‘I am not going in there. That stuff is rough.' If you are playing that way, that's how you are going to play offensively. You can't play that way." Calipari says Kentucky still has things to work through to be a national championship contender and elite team.
"Here is a problem when you are coaching. There are some guys that want the ball but you don't want to want the ball. There are some guys that don't want the ball and you want them to have the ball. And then there are guys you want and they want and that's the ones that go make plays. Pretty simple," Calipari said.
"This team has a good, solid will to win. The issue is when it gets rough and the other team plays that way we are not negating it right now. We are playing right into their hands and letting them control tempo, rebounds, seconds shots, push us around, setting screens. Before this ends if we want to be special, we have to when a team comes out and play that's way, you have to say that has no effect on that team any more. We are not there yet."