John Calipari knows his team can’t continue to beat teams with just sheer talent.
The Kentucky coach indicated that his team must come together as a unit following its 75-65 victory over Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers, with freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and point-guard Marquis Teague combining for 14 of those miscues.
Kentucky had 14 assists, with just three of those coming from Teague.
As the season progresses, Calipari will be expecting more teamwork from his squad, currently ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press college basketball poll.
“It’s not talent that wins,” Calipari said following the win over the Jayhawks. “Teams (that) win are teams that are playing together. Talented teams that play together become really good. We’re just not very good right now.”
Calipari added that his team’s biggest issue is lack of execution on offense.
“We’re right (on offense) about 20 percent of the time,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of young guys.”
Although the offense is a work in progress, Calipari likes his team’s desire through the first two games of the season.
“I like their will to win,” he said.
More playing time?
Calipari hinted on his website Wednesday that freshman Kyle Wiltjer could see more playing time in the future. The 6-foot-9 Wiltjer played just three minutes against the Jayhawks after scoring 14 points in the team’s season-opening victory over Marist last week at RuppÃ?Â¿Arena.