Although UK enjoyed a rare lopsided victory on Saturday, Coach John Calipari did not play the players on the end of the bench much against South Carolina.
He explained why not on the SEC coaches’ teleconference on Monday.
“We’ve got to get better as a team,” he said. “If we’re playing six of seven guys, then those six or seven have to get better. That’s the first thing on my mind.”
Calipari later said he would have played the rest of the players more if South Carolina had not continued to press. UK’s regulars struggled against the full-court pressure.
Calipari said he didn’t want to be forced into a position of having to re-insert starters.
“I’m working on (team) psyche now, too,” he said.