Former Cat comments on upcoming four games

Former Wildcat Bret Bearup understands what might be going through the players' minds and knows what a challenge it can be, "In the early 1980's, coach Hall approached every game as though our tournament life depended on it."

Coach Billy Clyde Gillispie has a unique challenge on his hands. On Saturday, the Wildcats begin a four-game home stand against lesser-known programs that have a collective record of 14-21. All four games are contests that the Wildcats will be heavily favored to win. Gillispie's challenge may be to keep his team mentally prepared to play their best and not allow themselves to mentally approach the game as an easy win.

Former Wildcat Bret Bearup understands what might be going through the players' minds and knows what a challenge it can be, "In the early 1980's, coach Hall approached every game as though our tournament life depended on it, whether it was North Carolina University or a tiny NAIA program," said the former Parade All-American, "Hall did not let up and neither will Gillispie."

"Though they may not be fan favorites to watch, coaches can learn a lot about their teams from games like this," continued Bearup, "The can work on execution of their offense, improve their defense and look at the chemistry that takes place when using different lineups on the floor. It's a smart thing to do during the holidays when players are taking tests and facing the pressure of short holiday visits with their families."

Bearup thinks the Wildcats will only get better under Gillispie, "My experience with Billy is that his teams get better and better as the year goes on," Bearup said, "people forget this is only his second year."


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