HAZARD, Ky. On Thursday, UK men's basketball coach John Calipari was in Hazard, part of 1st Trust Bank's "Meet the Coaches" event at the First Federal Center.
Last season was not something Cal and his staff have become accustomed to at Kentucky, falling in the first round of the NIT. Needing to create competition in practice was one thing he learned, but the other was his players need to be tough.
"Tough guys win. It puts us on our toes for this coming year which is there's no given. Just because you have really good players doesn't mean you're going to win. It gives you a leg up but it doesn't do it," says Calipari. "And for anyone to tell you they can win with bad players, the players were good or you wouldn't win. But if you want to win championships, it's the best players who play well together and become the best team."