Kentucky coach John Calipari knows the accolades his team has been hearing since it dismantled South Carolina Saturday to continue a dominant three-game stretch that also included big wins over LSU?and Tennessee. However, he also knows games this week with Florida and Vanderbilt are going to be much more difficult than any other Southeastern Conference games his team has faced this season.
“I am going to talk to them today about let’s make sure we are being humble and understand why we have been winning and where we have to take this to,” Calipari said Monday. “The issue we have is this is one of the youngest teams in the country, and I imagine as a ranked team we are the youngest. There’s an easy transition from a swagger to arrogance and that’s where you get beat.”
Kentucky is ranked No. 1 and already being touted as the best team Calipari has had at UK. New draft projections have five Wildcats — Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague — all as first round selections in the June NBA draft.
Perhaps that’s another reason for Calipari to remind his team today that it is not ready to assume greatness quite yet.
“We are good team, but not a great team,” Calipari said. “We would like to be at the end of year as good as our team was at the end of last year (when UK?reached the Final Four). I am talking about a basketball team, not individual talent. Last year at the end of the year we were as good a team as there was in the country and that is waht we are trying to do with this team.”