Dec 19, 2010 6:58 PM by Brent Carney
John Calipari was disappointed with the performance of Terrence Jones and Darius Miller in Kentucky's 85-60 win over Mississippi Valley State, and there's no combination of stats that can change his mind.
Jones led Kentucky in scoring with 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds but perhaps nobody filled the stat sheet more than Miller, who had 14 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
But in this case, according to Calipari, the numbers do lie.
"He has numbers but they're not real," Calipari said of Jones, who because of two early fouls played only six minutes and scored four points in the first half. "How do you start the game this way? In a league game or a big game... you can't do that. It's important that we have everybody come and play."
Calipari hoped that Jones would come out of the locker room after halftime determined to make up for lost time. Instead, he thought Jones looked sluggish in warm-ups.
"You can't pout and go through the motions," Calipari said.
Calipari has widdled his rotation down to just seven players. He's trying to make his team understand that with a bench that thin, nobody can afford to be unprepared to play.
"It's all part of growth, it's all part of him learning and saying, 'I got to do better," Calipari said.
Inexperience isn't the issue with Miller, a junior who is the most experienced player on the team.
"Darius has got to start playing better," Calipari said. "He goes for 14 [points], 5 assists and I'm saying he's OK. I'm telling you he's better than he's playing."
Calipari wants Miller to play with more confidence and aggressiveness, something Calipari and before him Billy Gillispie have urged him to do for years.
"I want him to be special. I don't want him to just be out there making free throws or a three now and then. Go. You be the man. He's capable of that," Calipari said.
Calipari fears that Miller lacks the same belief about himself.
"It's not what I think or believe, he's got to see it and do it himself," he said.