Calipari wants more consistency from Cats

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Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with Malik Monk during the SEC Tournament last weekend in Nashville (Tammie Brown Photo)

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be looking for more consistency when the Wildcats take on Northern Kentucky at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Kentucky coach said the Wildcats (29-5) are playing consistently for 30 minutes, but not for the duration of a game, allowing opponents to to stay within striking distance.

“There are things that we’re doing in games that are letting people hang around,” Calipari said Monday. “If you’re going to do something in this thing we’re walking into and you give a team hope, and it’s life or death, they’re coming out clawing. They’re coming out like a cornered animal. You can’t give them hope. We do that a lot. That’s where I say, we’re getting better, but what we’re doing we gotta try to do it for 40 minutes. Thirty-eight minutes. I would take 35 minutes, but right now we’re at like 30, sometimes less.”

Overall, Calipari likes the way his team is playing going into the Big Dance as the No. 2 seed in the South Region.

“I’m pleased with where all these guys are at this point,” Calipari said. “Now, we just got to collectively be totally locked in for a game and when the game ends we talk about it.”

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