Video: John Calipari previews Kentucky vs. Duke

John Calipari spoke to the media today about tomorrow’s Duke game. Here’s the video. Transcipt is below.

On an update on Ryan Harrow…
“Same. He had some blood tests and some different things. We have to get him to 100 percent; he’s got to find energy. I didn’t walk out to see if he is here to practice, I would say no but I haven’t seen.”

On Julius Mays’ eye…
“It swelled up yesterday. He did not practice. He didn’t get it stitched; we should have made him get it stitched after the game. He tried to glue it, no one wants needles. He’s here today, and I don’t know if I’ll have him go through contact or just practice.”

On ’s performance affecting his playing time status …
“I told you guys the day before the game, if I had to play him, I had confidence in him. He has played against good players every year and he has gotten better and better. He does all the extra work and he played well.”

On adding rebounding drills to practice …
“Just different things and I’m going to add some different things today. It’s more or less of us just being conscious about, we follow the flight of the ball. Which, I think that’s sixth grade, might be seventh grade. You don’t follow the flight of the ball, you see the flight and you go find somebody and then go get the ball. But again, if we haven’t worked on it, I can’t be upset and we hadn’t. I just thought we’re 7 foot, 6’11, 6’10, 6’9, we’ll rebound. No. When your guards are taking off and they’re wedging you under and you’re looking at the ball and you’re next to the cheerleaders, you’re probably not going to get the ball. But we worked on it; it’s going to take time. We have habits, there is only one way to break habits and that’s do it over and over but you can’t do 55 things a day over and over. So if you then switch to rebounding, something else has to give a little bit. And that’s where we are right now. I hope our offense, we didn’t do anything offensively for two days really, and that may hurt us now. We’ll go back and say, ‘uh oh, we better get back on this offense.’ Or it’s the defense, or it’s three-point ‘D’, shooting, post defense, we’ve got, there are a lot of things. When you watch Duke, they’re a veteran team, they know how they are playing, they do a great job of posting the ball, they do a great job of spacing the court, they use pick-and-rolls for threes and if you leave corners, which you guys know that’s one of my no-no’s, if you leave a corner it is automatic buried three. They put people down there to shoot them; their fours are stretched fours like Kyle Wiltjer. They play really hard, they deny, they try to steal, they switch, they switch out of bounds plays, they play pick-and-roll defense funky. Yet for two days we worked on us, I didn’t worry about Duke and then when you start zeroing in on Duke, I can’t give my guys 30 things today to think about. We’re going to do what we do, there are two or three things we’re going to do and if they expose something, what did expose? Rebounding, they exposed it so we came back and worked on it. Now we’re going to finish the Duke game and you’re going to say, ‘well they exposed this and this.’ Well, you’re right, now we’re going to get back and work on it.”

On what the Duke game means to the fans …
“Well, you’re playing a top-10 team on a neutral court. It’s going to be a hard game. I obviously don’t read or listen or hear any of that but I would imagine, people have asked me to drop Louisville and add Duke. No, they haven’t? If you’re playing Kansas, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, those are all, they’re all hard games. This game is going to be very hard and our fans are going to be happy if we win and very sad if we lose. All I’m trying to do is, ‘alright here are the two or three things we’re going to think about against this team.’ We worked on us for two days; I don’t have time right now to work on other teams. We can’t go game-to-game; I’ve just got to figure out how I can get our team better.”

On the game …
“One thing I’ve learned, if we’re doing neutral site games, they can’t be back to back because our fans can’t, they need some time to get some money together to go to the next game. They made a choice between New York; had more fans than us, I’ve never, since I’ve been here, have seen that.  I think they all went to Atlanta I would say, I’m not saying we’re going to have 30,000 there but I think a lot of our fans, instead of going to New York went to Atlanta. But it was the first game, it didn’t matter where we played, it was a team that could beat us, a team that roughed us up, a team that ran good stuff, got to the rim on us, a team at times that we could not guard and we figured out how to win. What I liked is they made their run and it was a hostile crowd and we never got rattled. We just played. That’s what it’s going to have to be like because I would tell you that we are going to be in a lot of games like that, where it’s in doubt with a minute and half to go. Two years ago that happened to us and we lost six games in our league and they were all one, two, three point games. We lost six of them. I would tell you that we’re going to be in a lot of games like that so this was a good one to try to figure things out.”

On how is doing …
“Better, better. Two good days, let’s see how he does today.”

On ’s ability to get to the rim at will …
“That’s why I like him at point guard. That’s what we had with Tyreke (Evans) at Memphis. That’s the kind of stuff you want, because the guy with the ball can score any time he wants. I also like Jarrod (Polson) at point guard and moving him off the ball. I like Julius (Mays) there too, because he is so steady because he makes the right shots and plays and is never in a hurry.”

On whether Poythress needs the ball early in the game to keep him interested …
“I don’t think so. I think you just got to know that if I am not competing at the level I should compete at in every possession then I know I am hurting the team and not doing what I need to do. This should be an interesting practice because I have to shift it a little bit. We have to work on us and give them some stuff because there are some stuff that Duke does that they have not seen and they could go haywire. This is one of those ones where you could have 26 turnovers because they play a little different and we haven’t talked about it or gone through it. I’m going to try to show them three or four little things so that they know what to look for and don’t have their minds jumbled. It will be a great test in that kind of environment playing a veteran team that shoots the ball like they do with (Mason) Plumlee, who may be the best big guy we see all year. (Alex) Len was pretty good but Plumlee is clearly better.”
On Kyle Wiltjer being named SEC Player of the Week …
“I just heard it. I am proud of him; that is really good.”

On exposing a weakness and Duke attempting to emulate that …
“They are going to try to deny wings and take you out of your offense. They will try to jam on pick-and-rolls and try to switch out on things to try to confuse you. They will do stuff we haven’t seen and be physical.”

On the freshmen big guys not getting some of the foul calls they expected …
“They just don’t know they’re going to let some of that go because they are so big they are expected to take that. It’s not fair, but that’s how it is. My thing is, as long as they’re letting it all go, I can take it but if it is one way or another then I have a problem.”