Andy Katz wasn’t about to leave his buddy, John Calipari, out in the cold after the IU loss. The first of five observations that he made in college basketball this week dealt with the game – and unlike most of his ESPN colleagues, his focus was on the Cats.
Kentucky should be able to grow from its loss to Indiana on Saturday. It might not seem that way to upset UK fans, but the Wildcats needed to see how to handle a tough environment and late-game situations. They couldn’t convert at the free-throw line to ice the game and then didn’t do what coach John Calipari and his staff instructed in the final possession — foul a Hoosier, any Hoosier. (Kentucky still had a foul to give and using it would have forced Indiana to take a shot against a set defense.) If the Cats watch those final two possessions and learn what to do in the future, this team will be fine. There’s still title-winning talent on Big Blue.
It’s nice to read some post game positivity. Katz is right about the talent on this team. It will be interesting to see how soon these guys can start to click. Last season, the team didn’t start playing their best basketball until the SEC tournament. I’d prefer not to wait that long, but in the scheme of things the only games that matter will be in the postseason. Until then though, let’s decimate Chattanooga.