Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari posted a list of problems Wednesday that he noticed from his team in a 65-61 loss to Kansas Tuesday in Chicago.
Calipari, not known for losing, discovered some mistakes his young team made in a tight battle against the fourth-ranked Jayhawks. Calipari took to Twitter Wednesday to spell out his team's deficiencies.
Though the Wildcats started five freshmen, Calipari was still disappointed in his team's 18 turnovers, failure to win 50-50 balls, handling of double-teams and demanding area rebounds. Calipari did start by saying improving his team would be a process, but it was clear he didn't like some of the things he saw on tape.
After watching the tape and understanding this will be a process with this young team, a few things came to mind:— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
First of all, 50/50 balls. We have to demand we’re fighting for those.
18 turnovers – six too many. Most of them we tried to make the hardest play.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 15, 2017
Lastly, I have to teach them how to finish games and play winning basketball with four minutes to go. That’s on me, not them.
Kentucky (2-1) struggled against Utah Valley and Vermont in narrow wins to start the season. The Wildcats may go through some growing pains this year, but Calipari has built a squad filled with five-star recruits that should reach their potential at some point.