Following Kentucky’s loss at Auburn earlier this week, John Calipari said he believes his team is only one win away from turning this whole thing around.
“I really believe if we win a game we’ll get going,” he said in his postgame press conference Wednesday night. “I’ve had teams in this kind of mode that we’re in, but the league was different, that we could go get a league game somewhere.”
He said more of the same in his Friday afternoon press conference when he repeated that sentiment, saying, “I really believe if we can win one, this thing starts changing for us, but you have to win one. There’s nobody going to give us anything.”
Cal’s point guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, is of the same belief. He said, “One win could put you on a roll just like how one loss could put you on a losing skid. I think once we get that one win we’ll be good and we’ll see what worked and I think this time we’ll continue it and we’ll go on a winning streak.”
Jarred Vanderbilt added more of the same before Friday’s practice, telling reporters, “I feel like right now we’re kind of in a slump, but I feel like that one win would just change the whole atmosphere and it would hopefully start a spark and a streak for us.”
Before we see if one win can flip the script, as Cal says it will, Kentucky will need to get that one win. And if Kentucky is going to get that one win, it needs to be Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena against Alabama. Lose that one and it may be too late.