Vanderbilt media session notes

Some quick notes from the media session as UK prepares to travel to Vanderbilt on Saturday. (Full story coming later in the day.)

The unusual court setup — It remains unchanged every year, and yet the questions still come. Vanderbilt’s coaching benches are behind the baseline, rather than on the sideline, and the court is slightly elevated. Darius Miller, who played there last year, said it’s just going to be an adjustment the young players will have to make come game time. Terrence Jones expressed some concern about having to play with Calipari behind them for half the game, but Calipari said it will help the players communicate amongst themselves. Plus, Calipari said he will make sure Jones hears from him under the basket if he need be.

As for the elevated court, DeAndre Liggins said he wouldn’t want to be the one to fall off it — unless he’s diving for a ball, in which case he doesn’t care.

Another road game — And this one seems to be compounded by the court setup. Still, Darius Miller said UK is looking for that breakthrough road victory that shows people that the team seen in Rupp Arena is closer to reality than the team seen on the road. Calipari mentioned two Vanderbilt losses were last-second defeats, and that the Commodores like to isolate Festus Ezeli in the post. How UK plays defensively against that — trapping and double-teaming or letting him play one-on-one — will be something to watch for. And Calipari said John Jenkins, who is averaging 19.2 point per game, is one of those players who can beat you single-handedly if he’s on.

Coach Calipari’s birthday — and he was greeted in the media room by a larger-than-most-people birthday card (not given by the media, of course. That would  be unethical). Calipari talked about coaches aging in dog years.

The non-timeout against Florida — A sector of the UK fan base voiced some wonder at why Calipari didn’t call timeout heading into UK’s last possession against Florida, which ended up being a missed three-pointer by Brandon Knight. “They aren’t coaches,” Calipari said. He maintained he would rather let the players execute rather than risk having the other team switch man assignments or zone.

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