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Video: Robic on Saturday’s UK-North Carolina game

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Kentucky assistant John Robic pinch-hit for John Calipari today with the media. Never fear, Cal is here. He was to conduct practice. But Robic did the talking before Kentucky’s workout.

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A 5-spot from UK basketball presser

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A 5-spot from just-complete UK basketball interviews, previewing Saturday’s game with North Carolina:

1. Alan Cutler was hot on the Enes Kanter reaction angle, etc. The WLEX-TV anchor asked every player about the Kanter situation, and if the team expected to hear anything after yesterday’s appeal hearing was conducted. They all said they had no idea. They said that Enes has been in good spirits,  joking around, and that he has played well in practice. Asked what it would be like if UK had Kanter for Saturday’s game with the Heels, Doron Lamb said, “That would be crazy.”

2. John Robic pinch-hit for head coach John Calipari again. Cal is here, and was to conduct practice, but did not  talk to the local media here for interviews. By the way, Robic said he had no idea what was going on with the Kanter situation. “I’m like everybody else around here.” Asked about first true road game of the year, he said it wasn’t like football where you can blast music to simulate crowd noise.

3. Brandon Knight said he does know Harrison Barnes. But the UK freshman said he had not talked to the North Carolina freshman in awhile. He said that Barnes is a great player, and that he looked forward to playing against him.

4. Knight did not know that Josh Harrellson had been called a “mother hen,” laughing at the notion.

5. Robic on Barnes: “He’s a very talented player. I’ve never seen him play in person, just on tape, but at 6-7, 6-8 he’s a jump shooter who can create his own shot. They look to him for big shots. They run some isolations for him. A good offensive rebounder. I think they’re expecting a lot; it’s unfair what the media has done with him, I think there have been people who have said that. But he sure is a talent. He’s a pro. He’s a definite pro. We have our hands full with him because of his size.”

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Video: John Robic subs for Cal in post-game presser

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Assistant coach John Robic subbed for head coach John Calipari after UK’s 91-57 win over Boston U.

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Grieving Cal to miss radio show

Kentucky
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UK Coach John Calipari missed the start of practice on Monday. He was returning from Charlotte, N.C., where his mother passed away Sunday night.

Calipari missed his regular day-before-the-game news conference and the start of practice. UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said assistant coach John Robic would substitute for Calipari on the weekly call-in radio show Monday night (7-8 p.m. EST).

Calipari is expected to coach the Kentucky team against Boston U on Tuesday night in Rupp Arena.

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A 5-spot from John Calipari press conference

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Five quick things from John Calipari’s press conference previewing Friday’s opener with East Tennessee State:

The Enes Kanter buzz. With internet rumors saying Kanter has been cleared to practice, with a possible ruling by the end of the month, Kanter was indeed in the practice gym shooting with the other players when the media entered for interviews. Kanter was not wearing a practice jersey, however. When the media entered, assistant coach John Robic came and got Kanter and the two walked off the practice floor together. Then during Calipari’s Q&A part with the media, Cal said that there was a chance that the school could hear something before Friday, but would not play Friday. Later, when asked if Kanter could practice, the coach waffled, saying he didn’t know, and then, on his way into the gym said he was about to find out.

(Update(s): (1) Despite what you may have read elsewhere, Kanter did not walk through Calipari’s press conference wearing practice gear. (2) Jerry Tipton did see Kanter headed into practice wearing his practice gear.)

Calipari kept pushing East Tennessee’s experience, and how his team is so inexperienced. He said he was still learning about his team, would not really learn until he sees them in game conditions.

During the player interview session, Doron Lamb said he has been working more and more at the point guard, and has been going against Brandon Knight in practice. Asked who gets the best of the battle, Lamb declined to say.

Cal said he did not get to watch John Wall’s triple-double on Wednesday night, but did text the Wizard, “Did you really get a triple-double?” Wall’s text back: “Yes, sir.”

And, No. 5, here’s the Cal video when asked about Kanter:

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