Calipari pleased, especially with Cousins

Posted by Rich Miller - email

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari is pleased with the strides being made by his No. 3 Wildcats, particularly forward Demarcus Cousins.

Cousins notched his sixth-straight double-double in an 81-55 romp of LSU on Saturday. Calipari said on Monday that the freshman was turning into one of the best players in the nation.

The coach also pointed out that Kentucky (22-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) doesn't need star freshman point guard John Wall to be at his best for the Wildcats to win. Wall had just six points against the Tigers, but he continues to get better, especially on the defensive end.

Calipari also praised the role players for his team, saying they will be crucial in Tuesday's game against Alabama (13-10, 3-6).

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