Calipari on physical play against Davis

Calipari said, "This team they are saying you better get into their bodies and be physical, one coach said, ‘hit them and be real physical,' that was according to one of their players, anyway. If you can negate that like I've been saying for three weeks then you have a chance of doing something."

Kentucky coach John Calipari commented on the physical play against forward Anthony Davis.

"Well when you get knocked to the floor like that and he got hit in the face really hard one time about four plays later. He kind of went back and down and was like, ‘are you kidding me? I thought we were playing basketball?' And then he runs back, or he smiles. He's on his back, he gets up and he smiles and shakes his head. Again, in the rule book, if I leave my feet and you slide under me it is a block 100 percent of the time. If I have my position and you move me two feet out of my position that is a foul, offensively or defensively. I have a right to that spot, if you move me out of that spot it is a foul. When Naismith invented the game it was a foul and it's a foul today. With him, as he gets pushed around that is just what you are saying, they can't do that. He has a right to the spot. I know they want to be physical, they just can't move him. They can lean on him, but the minute they start moving him two feet those are fouls. He has been great, he hasn't said one word and let me just tell you, the best thing for our team is all this happening. It's going to be just as physical Tuesday and it's good for us because it's the one way, I told you two years ago, everybody said you have to hope they miss shots and we did, we went 0-20 (in NCAA tournament against West Virginia). This team they are saying you better get into their bodies and be physical, one coach said, ‘hit them and be real physical,' that was according to one of their players, anyway. If you can negate that like I've been saying for three weeks then you have a chance of doing something," said Calipari.


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