He’d already made a rare five-man substitution, and Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t seem to have another planned.
But with 5:57 to play in the Wildcats’ 76-42 exhibition win against Transylvania on Friday, the Pioneers made a three-pointer, turned over the Cats and made another.
And though it cut the UK lead only to 64-40, it was enough for Calipari.
Five new players went to the scorer’s table.
“You just know you just didn’t play hard enough,” center Dakari Johnson — among the five players who left the game after the Transy flurry — said of seeing five new players march off the bench. “Just gotta play harder. And you never know if you’re going to get back in the game, so while you’re out there, you just gotta give it 100 percent.”