Kentucky almost ran Davidson off the court in the first half. UK got whatever they wanted near the rim and contested every shot on defense. The second half was a completely different story.
“If you come out and play the way they did in the second half, our season is over,” John Calipari said after the game.
Even though much of the attention will be on the Cats’ inability to knock down a three-pointer, their struggles started on defense.
“The second half we didn’t guard. We just kind of laid low. We exchanged baskets,” Cal said. “We became undisciplined. There was a stretch where guys just did what they wanted to do…I don’t know if they were tired, or so anxious the first 20 minutes that it tired ’em out.”
Regardless of the problem, Calipari is optimistic his team can turn the second half slump into a learning experience.
“We’re learning from game to game now. Everyone of these experiences is new,” he said. “You’re gonna have to play a more well-rounded game. You can’t have a bad three minutes or you’re down 12.”
Kentucky is running out of time to make missteps. The freshmen can no longer play like freshmen. Kevin Knox knows it’s now or never.
“We’ve gotta mature some day, and this is the time to mature.”