Calipari on scrimmages, exhibitions

"Hopefully, we will have a scrimmage next year, versus two exhibition games. When I came in, the schedule was laid out.

"Hopefully, we will have a scrimmage next year, versus two exhibition games. When I came in, the schedule was laid out. I'm trying to make it so we have more home games and we can use one of the exhibitions to scrimmage. You get a great team from somewhere around the country and you commit to scrimmaging.

You go in there, close the doors and turn off the lights and you go at each other. I schedule up, because that is where you learn what you are. It's hard to learn against the other guys, because you go into a team that is really physical and a top-ranked team and all of the sudden, you struggle a little bit.

I always try to throw a gauntlet at these guys to get them to understand how they are going to play. Throughout the year, I'll try to schedule teams who play the Princeton offense. I'll try to schedule teams who press and go crazy, play zone and who do things different.

They'll change up defense, play box-and-one and triangle-and-two. We will have seen it all, go into the league, do our thing and get ready for the NCAA Tournament. When you play a team in the NCAA Tournament that played that way, we can say it is exactly what we faced. I want to get us everything that we can face so there are no surprises. So, then it will come down to ‘do you want it worse than the other guy?'"


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