The one constant this season has been the lack of consistency from the Wildcats. Prior to tonight’s game with the Arkansas Razorbacks, video of the last second OT win vs. LSU played on Rupp’s video boards. The crowd was inspired, but the Cats came out as they have been wont to do, lifeless. Kentucky had 11 turnovers at the half, mostly on the same careless passes that we’ve seen for months. There have been defensive breakdowns, poor rotations and inadequate closeouts.
Surprisingly, the effort has been there for Kentucky. The Cats are hustling, but there have been too many mental breakdowns, leading to Arkansas 7 point halftime lead. Calipari has been scrambling trying to come up with a lineup that will be effective, bringing Marcus Lee and Jon Hood off the bench. The only bright spot thus far has been Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench and adding 8 points and 5 rebounds for the Cats.
If the Cats are to pull this out, the mental errors are going to have to decrease significantly.