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Kentucky Takes Care of Business After Non-Conference Losses Under Calipari

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The BBN was completely caught off guard when UCLA crushed the Cats in all facets of the game.

The Cats have dropped plenty of SEC games, but losing in the non-conference has not been common in the Calipari era at Kentucky.  The loss to UCLA was only the 10th non-conference loss in Calipari’s seven years at Kentucky.  All but one, Baylor in 2013, has occurred away from Rupp Arena.

After each loss, they’ve taken their anger out on the next opponent.  I’ve tracked all of those losses below, followed by the result of the next game.

2009-10

No non-conference losses

2010-11

  • Loss to UConn 87-64; beat Boston 91-57
  • Lost at UNC 75-73; beat #23 Notre Dame 72-58

2011-12

  • Loss at Indiana 73-72; beat Chattanooga 87-62

2012-13

  • Loss 75-68 to #9 Duke; beat Lafayette 101-49
  • Loss 64-50 to Notre Dame; loss to Baylor 64-55
  • Loss at #4 UofL; beat Eastern Michigan 90-38

2013-14

  • Loss to #2 Michigan State 78-74; Beat Robert Morris 87-49
  • Loss to #20 Baylor 67-62; Beat Boise State 70-55
  • Loss at #18 North Carolina 77-82; Beat Belmont 93-80

2014-15

No non-conference losses

Under Calipari, UK has only lost back-to-back non-conference games once, winning the next game by a 30-point average margin of victory.  With six days to let the UCLA loss sink in, whatever chance EKU had at keeping the game close is gone.

I feel sorry for Eastern Kentucky, I really do.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Kentucky Takes Care of Business After Non-Conference Losses Under Calipari



  1. ukjaybrat
    7:28 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    This isn’t really saying much. Except for Notre Dame in 2010, all of those rebound games were against FAR lesser talented teams.