Perhaps it was the rust John Calipari feared his team would have after an 11-day layoff between games. Maybe, as assistant coach John Robic said afterward, the Kentucky Wildcats just settled for shots instead of attacking.
Whatever the problem was in an ugly, sometimes maddening first half, everyone finally saw the signs of progress Calipari had talked about from “Camp Cal” — a practice-heavy stretch where Calipari really hones in on his team every winter — in a dominating second-half performance from the No. 14/16 Wildcats on Wednesday.
UK made 17 of its 26 shots in the second half and outscored Mississippi State 48-23 in the final 20 minutes to erase a three-point halftime deficit and roll the Bulldogs 85-63 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.