Kentucky Wildcats forgetting past, shifting focus to future

Andrew Harrison - photo by Tammie Brown | East KY Media
Andrew Harrison – photo by Tammie Brown | East Media

Even by the standards set during John Calipari’s Wildcats tenure, the hype was extraordinary.

Coach Cal’s first four teams — all composed largely by freshmen — began the season ranked in the top 10, but not No. 1 like this year. They were all tabbed as Final Four contenders, but they were never talked about as having a chance to go 40-0.

More than a month into the 2013-14 season, that talk continues to define the Wildcats. Measured against otherworldly expectations, UK’s 8-3 start is a disappointment. And when you began at the top, a No. 19/21 ranking doesn’t look so good.

From the very beginning, the Cats have been the hunted, taking on teams eager to knock them off their pedestal. But after their most recent defeat at North Carolina, they have turned that on its head.

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