John Calipari knows young teams.
He’s coached them every season at Kentucky, has had lineups stocked with freshmen, reloaded each season as one-and-done stars have made their way to the NBA.
And even by his standard, this season’s Wildcats (10-3) are wet behind the ears. Calipari’s team starts four freshmen and a sophomore. Seven of the top nine players in the rotation are freshmen. Two are sophomores.
“This team’s habits, basketball-wise, were far worse than the other teams that I’ve had,” Calipari said Monday on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. “They’re great kids, now. They just have bad basketball habits. And trying to understand and get them to define how we have to play together, and how individuals have to be responsible for each other and to each other, has been the challenge.”