The case against overreacting to Kentucky’s current slump is remembering what happened with the 2013-2014 squad, whose struggles really put this group’s into perspective. That team lost six SEC games, fell out of the Top 25 poll, and went into the NCAA Tournament as an 8-seed, but still went to the title game. On a recent podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Julius Randle reflected on that improbable “great story,” which should keep you from jumping off the bandwagon.
“I think we thought it was going to be easier than what it was going to be,” Randle said. “Because we had the talent. We had everything there at our disposal. But it’s not easy. And looking back, I don’t think we came in with the mindset that we didn’t have to work, or we didn’t have to put forth the effort. We just were young, and we didn’t know much. We had to take our lumps to realize that we need each other.”
Of course, heading into the SEC Tournament that year, Calipari implemented “the tweak,” which kickstarted Kentucky’s impressive postseason run. Hearing Randle talk about the tweak should give you hope for this year’s “reboot.”
“The year that we had, it was so up and down,” Randle said. “We had so much talent, but we didn’t know how to play with each other. By the end of the year – the SEC Tournament – it clicked. And it looked like we were a force to be reckoned with, we weren’t going to be stopped.”
Check out the entire podcast at the link below, and don’t give up hope just yet. Right, EJ Floreal?
6 conference L's
And still competed for a national title
Patience and faith… they aite
— EJ Floreal (@Lil_Flo_24) February 8, 2017