After three losses in four games, what’s the mood around the UK locker room today? According to assistant coach Tony Barbee, the group is “ornery” and eager to bounce back after the most discouraging loss of the year.
“I think we’re in a great mood, but I think we’re ornery right now. Nobody wants to play or perform or have an outcome like we had at Florida, but it’s an opportunity to learn. Every team in the country, whether you’re number one in the country or you’re 356 in the country, every team is going to have an ebb and flow to the season, and every game is a learning opportunity and that’s how we’re looking at it. We came in this morning, had a great film session with the guys, showed them where we did some good things, showed them where we did some things that cost us different possessions, that could have changed the outcome of how the game went.”
Even though Saturday was Kentucky’s fifth loss of the season, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo admitted they’re not used to a slide like the one the Cats are on right now.
“It’s weird,” Monk said of the mood surrounding the team. “We’re a young team, never been in a situation like this. Just have to fight through it. It’s just a weird situation right now.”
So what’s wrong with this group?
“That’s what we have to figure out right now,” Monk said. “Today we got time for that. Play tomorrow. Then we got a couple more practices. We got time to figure it out.”
Bam Adebayo chalked it up to the Cats being in a funk.
“We’re just going through a phase right now. We’re humans. We’re just going through the phases and we’ll get back on track…You can’t live in the past. You gotta just move forward and that’s what we’re doing.”
Wise words from a young buck.