Calipari suggested on his radio show Monday that Hood might get to play at Georgia Wednesday and re-affirmed that at his press conference Tuesday. "He just came in and said, ‘Coach, I'm telling you I can guard this guy and that guy and I'll make shots. I'm telling you.' I said, ‘You know what? I need to give you a chance.' So we'll see how things play out," Calipari said. "I love it when guys have that attitude: let me get in there and do it. Because then it's not on me, it's on them."
Hood said he has been doing extra shooting even though he's not been playing. He's also listened to junior Josh Harrellson.
"Josh has talked to me about some things and told me to stay humble, stay hungry and keep working. That's what I've tried to do this year, whether it be getting in extra shots or watching tape and studying the games," Hood said. He thinks practicing against talented teammates has helped improve his play.
"Every day I come in and face these All-Americans and all these great players. During practice, I'm guarding Eric (Bledsoe), Darius (Miller), DeAndre (Liggins) and John Wall. I think my defense has gotten better," Hood said. "I've been working on my shot, ballhandling skills and my strength in the weight room, so I think I'm better than I was the last time I played in a game and a lot better than I was at the beginning of the season."