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Calipari Is Concerned About His Six-Man Rotation, Not His Bench

On Saturday, John Calipari didn’t empty his bench until the final two minutes of a 90-59 blowout win over South Carolina.  Why?

“We’ve got to get better as a team,” Calipari said.  “If I’m going to play six or seven, then those six or seven have to get better.  That’s the first thing on my mind.”

With Carolina pressing to the bitter end, UK’s coach said he didn’t want to clear his bench only to have to put his main guys back on the floor.  “I’m working the (team) psyche now, too. … I’m not worrying about anything else but my team.”

And by “my team,” it sounds like Calipari means his six-man rotation.

Kentucky is talented, but they still miss Enes Kanter.  Perhaps Kanter should have been allowed to play — we believe he should have been — but Coach Cal knew he was a longshot when he began his chase.  Therefore, the Cats’ lack of depth comes right back to the head coach.

In the end, if Kentucky falls early in the NCAA Tournament, it will likely have little to do with their lack of road wins in SEC play and more to do with their lack of depth.  Winning six straight tourney games with a six-man team won’t be easy.

 


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