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Resilient Cats Searching for 40-Minute Performance

We’ve seen the best and worst from Kentucky in the last two games.  We’ve also seen two wins.

Marred by inconsistency, the Kentucky Wildcats found a way to make a pair of dramatic comebacks against two different styles of basketball.  They were forced to fight in the second half because they did not bring enough energy in the first half.  Nick Richards has a theory as to why.

“I think we just lose focus on being together.  We as a team need to get better at that, listen to our coaches and follow directions and we’ll be good.”

Filling in for the ailing John Calipari, Tony Barbee said at today’s press conference the team is focused on playing a complete basketball game.  In the two wins the Cats proved they are a resilient group that is unwilling to relent.  Now they must prove they can fight for 40 minutes.

“We like that we’ve come back.  We don’t want to constantly dig ourselves holes, especially against good teams like we’ve played,” Barbee said.  “We like the resilience of this team.  They don’t hang their heads when they get down and they collectively fight together to get back in the game.  Now we gotta figure out how we bottle that up and get us to start the game that way.”


Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Resilient Cats Searching for 40-Minute Performance

  1. makeitstop
    2:52 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    Remember when the challenge was to finish as well as they started? When we blew leads to come from ahead and lose? I’d rather start slow and finish strong I guess bc it means they won’t quit and never believe it’s over. That’s going to keep them looser than worrying about blowing a lead when the other team make a run, so let’s call this progress, but we still need 40 minutes of focus if we’re going to win the SEC let alone get to the last weekend in the tournament. We could still win or lose any game left.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    3:13 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    What was the worst we have seen? We have seen better ball movement, maturity, defense, shot selection, FT shooting, etc. … and we won two games, so they got better finishing, fighting for 40 minutes, etc. Are they perfect? Oh heck no. But they are getting better … how can we ask for more than that?

    • makeitstop
      6:03 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      True. After WVU i cautioned not to overhype it bc w a team this young it would be two steps forward and one step back… let’s hope Vandy was that one step back not the second step forward!