LEXINGTON, Ky. – Wait, what? Kentucky basketball won its final exhibition game by 93 points Sunday night against Asbury. Here are the highlights of what coach John Calipari had to say after it was over:
* Calipari said the way Asbury played, trying to stick to their normal style and keep coming at the Cats, led to Kentucky scoring so many points. The Eagles’ coach, for the record, agreed that it was his fault the total got so big. Could’ve played to lose by “just” 50, but kept the pedal down. And Kentucky zoomed.
* “How about Bam’s energy? Was that crazy? His motor?” If other guys don’t match that, “he’s going to play every minute he can play. That motor is how you win ball games.”
* “De’Aaron Fox showed his speed. Why are you jogging it up? Well, to play that way more than three or four minutes is really hard.”
* How many guys is he comfortable with in a rotation? “I would say eight or nine, and that all depends on how many minutes guys can play. We’re playing to win, and if you looked at this, you’d have to say Bam stood out. If you’re playing those three guards, sometimes you have three guards, sometimes you have two. You have Dom (Hawkins) and Mychal (Mulder) fighting for that other spot.”
* Difficult to keep guys grounded after this? “I think they know, but I just told them, we have off tomorrow, we’re practicing Tuesday and Wednesday and we’re really going to get after it. There are things we’ve got to get done, and I think they know it. The things we’re doing in practice are bringing out that will to win.”
* Of UK’s 29 dunks, his favorite? “I wasn’t watching. I mean, I saw, but I couldn’t even tell you. I think I saw Malik do something crazy. … But if you stretch us out … I don’t care who you are … now we’re looking dunks or layups.”