That was a very different Kentucky team than the one that beat Missouri Saturday night.
After his team’s loss at Arkansas, Coach Cal said that his guys “never turned on the fight and that disappointed me.” From the get-go, the Razorbacks outhustled, outworked and outplayed the Cats, who rarely looked in sync. Even Willie Cauley-Stein admitted that some of his teammates simply didn’t show up: “We had some people who didn’t show up with that energy.” Cal agreed: “My teams have always fought and had a battle mentality. Right now I am having to play guys that don’t battle.”
Cal said that after the game, some of the Arkansas staff members were “walking off saying, ‘They’re soft.'” How does he respond to that? “That’s what it looks like. …[Arkansas] deserved to win. We deserved to be going home sad on a plane.“