It's the night that many people have been waiting for. Today marks the first official game that John Wall will suit up in a Kentucky uniform.
Wall sat out an exhibition game against Campbellsville and then the first regular season game against Morehead State.
His replacement at the point guard position was fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe didn't fail to impress, scoring 24 points in his debut, a Wildcat record for first game by a freshman. All-American forward Patrick Patterson added 20 points and 12 rebounds of his own in the opener.
With Miami now on deck, the Wildcats are ready to go at them with all hands available and Calipari believes Wall will help Bledsoe quite a bit in the backcourt.
"They are like two brothers and they really like each other. Eric had seven turnovers, but the point guard can't have seven turnovers, and we all know that. Hopefully, with John out there, he won't turn it over so much," Calipari said.
Calipari says his young point guards will have a challenge with Miami's Kenneth Hayes.
"This kid will go in the MAC and average 18 (points)," said Calipari. "If you go under the ball screen, he is making shots. If you try to fight over it, he'll turn you down. They are running a lot of their stuff through that position. They have a nice little scheme that they are running. It looks a lot like a Florida team."
Miami poses a defensive challenge overall to the team with the ball screens they set.
"This year, they are playing faster and they are running tons of ball screens," Calipari said of the Miami offense. "They run them all over the floor, at half court, side, and middle. I just watched the tape for 40 ball screens, and I'm not sure we're ready for that," he finished.
But Calipari has let his players know they need to be prepared and the way they played in their first game wasn't good enough.
"We're not where we need to be yet," said Darius Miller. "We need to work on everything, defensively, offensively, rebounding and stuff like that," he said.
The Wildcats will get a chance to work on their games tonight when they take the floor at 7 o'clock eastern.
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