At times during last night’s game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Cleveland State Vikings, it was if we were watching last year’s squad on the floor. Unfortunately, we were not. A win is still a win no matter how ugly it gets.
I can handle a loss to the Michigan State Spartans because they were the #2 ranked team in the country at the time but they also had veteran talent on the court, too.
“I’d rather it be a close win,” Coach John Calipari said after the game on the the age‑old philosophy or theory that you have to lose to learn. “But sometimes it comes to a point, you got no choice, you got to take an L.
“I think, again, close wins are better learning experiences. I just hope they understand that you can’t start games like we’re starting ‘em. You can’t. You got to come out of the gate ready to go, get somebody down 15‑0, not because they missed shots, but because you played the right way. Making easy plays, giving it up early.
“We’re still not a good team. We’re just not. I keep telling them. Rod came in at halftime. We’re talking. He said, They don’t talk to each other out on the court. They’re all into their own thing. When you’re into your own thing, it’s really hard to play basketball.
“But they’re young. It’s what we’re fighting. It’s what we’re battling.”
It’s still along way to March and these Cats will improve.