Calipari on preparing for the Hoosiers

Christian Watford goes over Demarcus Cousins

Calipari said, "Tomorrow is game day. Everything you do is geared toward winning that game and playing well. I should say playing well, winning the game will take care of itself. But that may be put headphones on and relax. Whatever it is that gets you ready to compete at a high level with great intensity."

Kentucky coach John Calipar spoke of what to expect from Indiana on the eve of this year's Kentucky-Indiana game.

The Kentucky coach said, "(I was) watching the tape. They're well coached, lots of pick-and-rolls. (Christian) Watford, who I had recruited, is a terrific player. (Maurice) Creek is a terrific player. They shoot the ball better. I watched our tape with them from last year and we really struggled with them offensively. In other words, they scored on us. We put in a little 1-3-1 I can remember now, that must have been ages ago, but they scored on that. They shot a good percentage, and we made a little run. Some of it was we beasted them a little bit inside, which that's not what we are now. I can see Patrick (Patterson) and DeMarcus (Cousins) and Daniel Orton got baskets just by beasting them. But that's not the case (now). They're going to be ready. (Indiana head coach) Tommy (Crean) will have his team fighting mad, ready to go and this is a big game. It's interesting, for us, it's the next game. Now if we win it's a huge game, but it's the next game. It's us trying to make sure that we're in the right frame of mind. I told them there has to be a sense of urgency about preparation, there has to be a purpose about preparation. Tomorrow is game day. Everything you do is geared toward winning that game and playing well. I should say playing well, winning the game will take care of itself. But that may be put headphones on and relax. Whatever it is that gets you ready to compete at a high level with great intensity. I thought our start against Notre Dame was terrific and when we gave up a couple baskets it was one player who gave up those baskets. The rest of us were doing pretty well. It was 12-6 because one guy gave up five points. But that was a good start. Then they made their run and we kind of figured it out. We got down 11, we didn't think it's (over) – and again, I don't know this team yet, I don't know how they think. I knew last year's team how they thought. We're down 11, OK let's beat these (guys) – and this team came back and did it. They got this thing tied up where we can work. We start the second half, create a gap. Again though, there were two clicks that they let them back in and it's all stuff that we have to learn."

Kentucky's freshman Stacey Poole has been hearing about the UK-IU rivalry, but hasn't yet realized the magnitude of the game for the fans of both schools.

Poole said, "I don't know a lot about it, but I have heard a couple things. But I am just ready to play. I'm ready to get after it and get the W."

Calipari spoke of how Tom Crean is getting Indiana back on track, after having its roster devastated with the departure of Kelvin Sampson.



"The recruiting has gone up 100 times. It was hard, I'll tell you what. When you're losing it's hard to recruit. When you're winning it's a little easier to recruit. When players are going to the NBA it's a little easier to recruit. When you're taking over like Tommy (Crean) did, it's hard now. It's hard. You're trying to keep your boat afloat. And he did that. He coached his guys. Guys have gotten better. Now he's recruiting guys and you'll see, like I said, this is maybe after this year or one of these years we may want to cancel because of where he's going with the program and the players he's getting."

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