There was talk of the team coming together, of loving the grind. The Cats – even John Calipari – said they were having fun.
But they stopped short of calling their recent play – seven wins in the last eight games – a breakthrough, and now everyone knows why.
Coming off perhaps its best all-around performance of the season against Georgia, UK played its worst game of the year on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. No. 11/11 Kentucky (15-5, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed from wire to wire, getting outhustled and outplayed in an 87-82 loss to LSU that wasn’t as close as the final score suggested.
“You can’t let another team outwork you on every ball, every possession, every free ball,” Coach Cal said.
You do and well, the results look like Tuesday.