At some point this season something has got to give. I’m not sure when it’s going to happen. At this point, the more pertinent question is IF it’s going to happen. The calling card for John Calipari’s teams at Kentucky has been their defense. His current squad lacks the defensive intensity of his previous teams. Actually, most of them lack any intensity whatsoever. Another collapse doomed his Kentucky Wildcats.
The first half started off promising as Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress were active at both ends of the floor early on, each scoring nine points in the first half. Noel was on his way to a career game as he had four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals to lead the team in every category.
But the Aggies Elston Turner was the story on the other end and he proved to be absolutely un guardable. He had 25 first half points. Archie Goodwin tried to contain him. That didn’t work. John Calipari put seven foot Willie Cauley-Stein on him, but Turner went at his body and caused the Wildcat big man to get into foul trouble.
The Aggies went into the halftime leading the Wildcats 36-31, but fans in Rupp and at home couldn’t imagine their team losing a home opener in the SEC. John Calipari was 3-0 in home SEC home openers coming into this game. Unfortunately, this was one of those rare times.