Kentucky Wildcats Basketball needs to develop road warrior mentality

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When all is said and done for this season of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, the next six games will more than likely define the season. Kentucky is 5-1 in the SEC, thanks primarily to a 4-0 home SEC record, but now it gets real. We get to the nitty-gritty and the real grind of the SC schedule. Four of the next six games are on the road and the two home games, Mississippi and Florida are no slouches. It’s time to see what this team is made of and they need to become road warriors rather than road worriers.

John Calipari has his team where he wants them to be – in a tie for second place in the SEC. The team that he is tied with and the team that he is chasing both come into Rupp in the next six games and if anything, Calipari’s teams are virtually unbeatable at Rupp. In four plus seasons at Kentucky, Calipari is 36-1 at home in the SEC. Neither Ole Miss or Florida have played especially well at Rupp either. Call it cockiness, but the old Rupp Arena magic should take care of Ole Miss and Florida.

The road is a different matter. Cal’s teams have gone 21-14 on the road in the SEC and it has not been an especially tough conference in the last five years.

Things are different in the SEC.  As much as the phrase has been mocked, Kentucky is everyone’s Superbowl when they come to town.  Take a look at this picture of a LSU home game.

 

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See all those empty seats? Guarantee you will not see that on Tuesday night when the Wildcats invade. So mock it if you like, but Kentucky brings the crowd and fills the opposing stadium when they visit. And inspires the blood lust.

21-14 is the result.  And Arkansas once again be a launching pad yet again.

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