Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Moving On After Heartbreak

Nov 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Julius Randle (30) reacts to losing to Michigan State 78-74 after the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike most fans after Kentucky’s loss to the veteran Michigan State squad on Tuesday, I was really proud of the way our guys played. Sure we didn’t get the win but when have you seen a team of young guys fighting to get back into a game like that? Wait.. Oh yes, that would  be the Anthony Davis/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist team and you remember how that season ended.

So as Wildcat fans we shouldn’t be hanging our heads about a four point loss to a very experienced well coached Spartan squad who for the most part have played together for 4 years. Instead we should be looking at the bright side of things like how we out rebounded the Spartans by double digits which very rarely happens to them. We can look at the fact that the Wildcats could have easily won by double digits if they could’ve hit their free throws, and if our transition defense would’ve been quicker.

But hey, it’s a learning experience and it’s something that Calipari can look back on as well as the players and teach from it. Cal will use this as an example to the young players that this is how people can beat us and this is how we can get better. I have no doubt in my mind that this loss lit a fire under all of our players bellies and will definitely get them on the right track.

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