Two days off their loss at home to the Arkansas Razorbacks, it’s game day for the Kentucky Wildcats at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks. The 21-7 Wildcats, lead the series against the 10-18 Gamecocks 47-10. The 10-18 Gamecocks are 3-12 in the SEC. The Wildcats have yet to mourn their loss against the Razorbacks, a game they should have won, dropping their second home loss in the past three at home games. It should be interesting to see how they respond on the road in Columbia.
Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com had interesting quotes from Alex Poythress about their upcoming game against the Gamecocks, written in his article “No Turning Back,”
“We’ll watch tape and see what we did wrong, see what we could have done, and then it’ll be out of the window,” Alex Poythress said. “You can’t worry about it no more because that’s how the game of sports is. You can’t dwell on the last game. You get your mind all messed up. You just got to move forward.”
“That’s the great thing about basketball, you know, is it’s not like football (where), if you lose a game, you have to wait a week,” Poythress said. “Basketball, you know, you play the next couple of days, so we’re just trying to get this out the window. We lost. We know that. There’s nothing we can do. We can’t change the past. We’re just trying to look to the future.”
Emotions ran extremely high after their loss to the Razorbacks. Calipari was unhappy, players were unhappy and it seemed like everyone had a different story on what went wrong. The Wildcats have a chance to grab their 22nd win tonight and get the ball rolling as they head back home to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide for their last home game of the season. But the Gamecocks have other plans for the Wildcats.
The player to keep an eye on for the Gamecocks is Sindarius Thornwell. Thornwell is averaging 13.5 points per game, 4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He is a secret weapon that has potential to go off on any given night.
The Wildcats know that they don’t need another bad loss plaguing their NCAA resume. Even though they’re more than likely headed into the NCAA Tournament, being apart of the NIT last year is on the back burner in their minds. They know what happens when bad losses keep occurring, they know they don’t want that to happen again. This team will either get it together or they’re in for a long end of the season.
You can watch the game against the Gamecocks and 6pm on ESPN, or listen to it, as normal, on the UK IMG Sports Network.