It was a long night in Las Vegas.
Double-digit favorites in Sin City, the Kentucky Wildcats lost 69-66 to Utah after Immanuel Quickley’s potential game-tying three-pointer bounced off the iron as the final horn sounded.
A game that ended at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET, fans across the Big Blue Nation have been frustrated (to say the least). John Calipari is right there too, but he’s excited for the “NEXT.” He shared this message on Twitter Thursday afternoon:
Losing stinks and we are still trying to figure this out, but I like the fact that we had a will to win at the end. For the other 30 minutes, they were the aggressor and they were the fighters. We were not. Like I tell my team, learn from the game & then NEXT.
That’s why I got up early, watched tape, went to mass, worked out, watched more tape, staff meeting in 20 minutes, & then meeting w/the team to do film & prepare for the next two days before a great practice this afternoon.
These guys need each other. We need everybody with extreme energy and effort and doing what they do for this team. We have as much upside as any team. Now we’re going to have go chase it. I believe in this team. I’ll say it again: NEXT!!!
Unfortunately, the next opponent is no Utah. Ohio State is KenPom’s top-ranked team in the country, entering the matchup with only one loss this season. We’ll learn how quickly the Cats can respond Saturday evening at approximately 5:15 p.m. ET on CBS.