"He walked in yesterday, he didn't say one word. He just came over and hugged me. Basically was saying, ‘I'm sorry, do you still love me?' I just laughed and said you're fine," Calipari said. "These are kids. We want to act like they are 25 years old or 40-year-old veterans, but they are young kids.
"He couldn't get out of his own self's way. He couldn't do it. But he learned. You can't even make a free throw when you're mad. You can't do anything when you're mad."
Cousins knows he'll face a difficult matchup against Varnado, the SEC's leading shot blocker tonight.
"He is long, athletic, and he will block a lot of shots. I just have to play ball in order to prevent that from happening. I need to give him a couple of pump fakes and I may try to jump in front of him (to draw a charge)," Cousins said. "I am not the most athletic guy, but I just need to go into him, try to get into him. That is what I think."
He's confident he'll return to form at the foul line, too.
"I am doing the same thing. It wasn't really a lot about how I was shooting free throws. I let my frustrations get to me that game. I wasn't as focused as I should have been," Cousins said.