Calipari taking advantage of semester break

John Calipari, "The greatest thing for me (having Christmas break practices) is I'm getting a lot of teaching."

When asked about Christmas break practices Kentucky coach John Calipari is obviously enjoying the extra practice time.

What does Practice over Christmas break do for his squad?

Calipari said, "More focus. You get a lot more work in and you can do more teaching. You aren't pressed for time. I get in what I get in, and then we come back and we do whatever we need to get in. We spend a lot of time on areas that we need to improve and I didn't have time to work on. We have played 13 games. We have played more games than any other team in the country. And we went to Cancun, New York and Indiana, we've been on CBS three times, and we played for 2000 games. There were no teams on the schedule that couldn't beat us so we had to play every night out. Now I have time so I don't have to worry about anything else. I don't have time limitations, I don't have day limitations.

"They have done well. I was planning on two hours (for every practice), and they were 1:50, 1:30 and 1:40. They were all shortened, because what I have on that sheet, they are getting done and they are doing it with great enthusiasm. The greatest thing for me is I'm getting a lot of teaching. I'm breaking down the press, blitzing pick-and-rolls, the box-and-one, triangle-and-twos, and showing them how we'll play it when we need to shut a guy down. All of the stuff we didn't have time for because we were going on to the next game and the next game."


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