Cal talks Cats in Canada; Kanter staying home

Memphis coach John Calipari yells at officials during the first half of a men's NCAA college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Missouri in Glendale, Ariz., Thursday, March 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

UK coach John Calipari said today that freshman center Enes Kanter will not make this weekend's trip to Canada because questions still surround the big man's eligibility.

Kanter, who has been cleared to play academically, is still awaiting word from the NCAA about his eligibility.

The UK coach thought the rest of the squad would play. Calipari told assembled media members that forward Terrence Jones, who is coming off an ankle injury, now is nursing an injured left shoulder.
The 6-foot-9 native of Portland will play, Calipari said.

Calipari said the team will use the trip to Canada, where the Cats will play three exhibition games beginning Sunday, to see which guys can play. The coach anticipates this year's team will employ 90 percent of his Dribble Drive offense.

The Wildcats return four players from last year's 35-3 squad. Calipari said guards John Hood and Darius Miller have grown and improved their conditioning.

Calipari singled out junior DeAndre Liggins, not only for his ability to make hustle plays, but for his improved shooting.

The games will be televised on the Big Blue Sports Network and several other regional services. Calipari expressed his surprise to find out the games in Canada can be seen on television in 14 states.

"only in Kentucky," Calipari said.