Ryan Harrow’s mystery illness. Alex Poythress’ effort. Kyle Wiltjer’s (lack of) defense. Willie Cauley-Stein’s knee injury. Archie Goodwin’s lack of control. Individual issues have plagued the Cats this year, preventing them from gelling the way fans and media anticipated at the start of the season.
“I’m disappointed, Big Blue Nation, but I like my team and I believe we can still turn the corner,” UK head coach John Calipari said Thursday on CoachCal.com.
Recent NBA mock drafts still have up to four Cats as lottery picks next year. There is no other team that has that level of top-tier talent.
Despite all of that individual ability, however, the Cats have yet to put it all together and perform consistently as a team. The Cats are 12-6, with a 1-5 record against teams ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.