While Saturdays win against the Mississippi State Bulldogs might have been an ugly one it was one that really intrigued me. Why would THAT game intrigue me you ask? Well, for starters you have to look at the way our defense played as a team holding the Bulldogs to 38.3 % from the field and key contributions from veterans like Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson were much needed. This road win marks the Wildcats 18th win on the season and 8th in the conference, but more importantly it was a road win and the Cats scrapped for this one.
Every team in the SEC seems to always have their best game of the season ready for the Wildcats and this is the case pretty much every year. The key to this win is that I believe this team is finally starting to realize they have to fight each and every game no matter the opponent because they could end up losing to a much less talented opponent like Arkansas or Baylor. Polson and Hood’s contributions and leadership on the court went beyond the scoreboard where they had 5 points combined, it was all about their calmness and experience in tough games that really seemed to keep all the freshman in check. Cal will need this to continue if he has hopes of making it far in the tournament because both of these guys have been where they want to go which is the National Championship and they are embracing the challenge with open arms.