Sure, Kentucky may be struggling right now, but so are a lot of teams across the nation. In the past week, Kansas (#1) lost, Maryland (#3) lost, Michigan State (#4) lost twice, Miami (#8) lost twice, and Duke (#9) lost twice, and that’s only the top ten. John Calipari took solace in the fact that other teams are struggling as well during today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.
“We’re still trying to figure it out,” Cal said. “I look around and I think a lot of teams are in the same boat we’re in, where you don’t have a whole lot of margin for error.”
Saturday’s loss may have been cringeworthy, but Calipari said he’s not panicking yet.
“It’s a process. I’m not panicked in any way. I knew going into the season this wasn’t last year’s team. I’ve said all along, we’re one of those teams, but we’re not that good. I mean, we’re good, but we’re not like we were a year ago.”
That’s the understatement of the day, but Calipari pointed to another squad that struggled early and was able to turn things around.
“I look at us and my mentality is we’ll break through at some point. I mean, I remember the team in 2013-14. Oh my gosh, we almost ran out of runway, and we got the plane down and then we got in the NCAA Tournament and we went to the final game and had a chance to win the national title.”
Over the weekend, Tyler Ulis tweeted that this team could still “Be special.” Remember the last time a player predicted a special ending when the future looked grim?
Not gonna lie, I needed that today.