Looking back later in the season, this could be a game Kentucky looks at as a turning point. A gut-check game, if you will.
Backs against the wall, fans and head coach John Calipari angered by the lack of toughness and fight in the loss against Baylor, and a trip to North Carolina looming, the Wildcats were faced with a team Tuesday night that had the potential to exploit some of UK’s most glaring weaknesses.
The Boise State Broncos are experienced, the only NCAA Tournament team from last year to return every starter. They entered the day the second-leading scoring team in the country. They rebound well for their lack of size. They play tough.
One could forgive John Calipari for thinking, “Uh oh.” He knew a dogfight was on his hands, but he also said after the disappointing loss to Baylor that the only way his team would improve and develop more fight were more dogfights.