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A POINT GUARD'S PROGRESS
ANDY STAPLES
April 12, 2012
KENTUCKY'S YOUNG FLOOR GENERAL LEARNED HOW TO MAKE HIS EVERY MOVE MATTER
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April 12, 2012

A Point Guard's Progress

KENTUCKY'S YOUNG FLOOR GENERAL LEARNED HOW TO MAKE HIS EVERY MOVE MATTER

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"I just told him, 'You have to continue to listen. Play how we're trying to get you to play. You're going to score without trying to score.'"

The Wildcats open SEC play by crushing South Carolina 79--64 in Lexington, and Teague shows his coach that he is learning. The Gamecocks try to press Kentucky, and instead of taking on the sole responsibility for breaking the press himself, Teague gets his teammates involved. He makes crisp passes and commits only two turnovers to go along with his 17 points. "Instead of him trying to beat it," Calipari says of his point guard, "he was letting us try to beat it."

JAN. 31 VS. TENNESSEE IN LEXINGTON

EXASPERATION LEVEL: MINIMAL

"He is really listening. He's playing the way we need him to play."

Teague finishes with four assists, and Calipari counts four instances in which Teague set up teammates with open looks that they didn't convert. Despite a brutal outside shooting day (1 of 10 from three-point range), Kentucky wins 69--44. Calipari compares Teague with a quarterback. Against the Volunteers, Teague is Peyton Manning.

MARCH 9 VS. LSU IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT

EXASPERATION LEVEL: RENEWED

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