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Brad Calipari Gets Ready For Harvard Saturday At Rupp

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On if it feels different after having played seven games in 17 days and now having five games in 33 days …
“It’s exhausting because games are one after the other. It makes practices a little bit lighter, but going back and forth and having to scout the other team is a lot of information at one time. The past six or seven games we’ve been able to do well with it. It’s good having it this early in the season.”

On where this team is in its growth and development …
“We started off not as high as the other teams usually are, as you guys have seen, but I feel like slowly we’re surely coming along, which is good, and I’m sure everyone else is seeing that, especially over the past few games.”

On what they’ve learned about themselves over the past few games …
“That we grind out games and we really fight as a team, and we’re able to do all this together as a team.”

On if roles have started to develop …
“Yeah, it kind of defines who’s in the last five, six minutes of a game when the game is close. Who can knock down shots, who’s in the game to handle the ball, won’t turn it over and just make good defensive plays?”

On who has those roles …
“Quade (Green) and Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) both do a great job, it’s really just whoever is having the better game. Knocking down shots can really go to anyone, Kevin (Knox), in particular, has been great down the stretch. Defensively, as a team, we’ve been great. I think they said we’re top five or six in the nation defensively. As a unit, together, we’ve been great.”

On playing himself into a role in the rotation …
“Yeah, it’s a great opportunity for me. Just working so hard and consistently bringing it every day has been great for me and is helping me get a lot better.”

On trying to be patient yet having everyone yell “shoot” when he gets in …
“That part is difficult, but I have to do what I can with my minutes because you got lottery picks here. I just, really, have to do what I can with it.”

On if he can hear the fans telling him to shoot …
“No, not so much. It’s more so my dad when he thinks I’m open. His voice is a little more distinct.”

On Coach Cal’s demeanor this year compared to others …
“With last year it was a lot different. Last year, he was a lot more laid back. This year needs a lot more hands on teaching, I would say. So, he has to be a little more aggressive in getting his point across. He’s up a lot more during games, as opposed to last year where he was sitting a lot.”

On having more practice time this week …
“We did have a couple days off after the game so that was nice. Our first practice (of the week) was yesterday. But this little space of time is good for us to get better as a team.”

On if his mindset has changed knowing he can be a shooting spark off the bench …
“I wouldn’t say it’s changed a lot, but I definitely feel more focused than I was last year at least. So, I think that’s good for me and just being able to consistently play.”

On where Kentucky has made the most progress thus far as a team …
“Really, coming together as a team. Each year, I think it was eight new guys this year, put in one piece and connecting it all together is probably the toughest part, and I feel like right now we’re doing a great job with that.”

On if Coach Cal is actually having fun or if he’s trying to convince himself he is …
“No, he is having fun this year. This year he’s a lot more hands on with the team. He’s a lot more aggressive with the players and really getting us to do what he knows we need to do. So, I think that’s really the main thing, but I still think, yeah, he is having fun.”

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