John Calipari demands more energy, effort after uninspiring victory

John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
John Calipari – photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com

On Friday night in Kentucky’s first trial run of the season, UK won because the Cats were playing a Division III team. Plain and simple, the Cats were bigger, stronger, better.

Talent was going to trump whatever Brian Lane’s spirited group threw at Kentucky.

But the message John Calipari delivered after UK’s 76-42 win over Transylvania in its first game against someone other than itself: Talent won’t always cut it. He’s always said that when given a choice between talent and experience he’s taking talent every time, but talent over effort? It won’t hold up during the regular season against Division I opponents.

“The biggest thing that’s learned is energy and effort trumps talent,” said a displeased Calipari.

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