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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Kentucky Coach John Calipari: ‘We could be really special, and we are not right now.’


Kentucky coach John Calipari watches during the second half of the game against Georgia on Tuesday. Kentucky won the game 57-44. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore - AP)
Kentucky is 20-1 and ranks fourth in the Ratings Percentage Index. The Wildcats’ lone defeat came on a buzzer-beater at Indiana on Dec. 10. Since that loss, they have won by an average of 17.3 points. They have four wins over top-50 teams and a 7-1 record on the road. Oh, yeah, they are also the top-ranked team in the nation.

For Coach John Calipari, it’s not good enough.

After beating Georgia, 57-44, on Tuesday, here is what Calipari had to say: “We are just into our own thing right now, and you can’t be a special team and be that way. The biggest thing is let’s step this thing up. Last year’s team, I could not believe we were as good as we were so I did not have to say a whole lot. This year’s team, we could be really special and we are not right now.”

The Wildcats were expected to be near dominant with the addition of another sterling recruiting class, which included Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. They largely have been. But while they dominated Georgia on the boards Tuesday, they made just more than half of their free throws.

The Wildcats do in fact have their toughest SEC games ahead. They still will play four games against Vanderbilt and Florida, and they have a Feb. 21 road test against Mississippi State.

With the presence of Davis on defense, Kentucky ranks first nationally in blocked shot percentage (22.4). The Wildcats hold opponents to a 38.5 shooting percentage inside the three-point arc, which ranks second nationally to Connecticut. But Calipari is right. The Wildcats can be better offensively, and that’s the scariest thing for upcoming opponents.

More on Washington Post Sports:

Maryland coverage at Terrapins Insider

Virginia coverage at Cavaliers Journal

Virginia Tech coverage at Hokies Journal

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