From Eric Crawford of WDRB.com: “Yes, there was progress. But the progress this team is making right now — winning games at the end against SEC competition — is not the progress ideally it should be making. It should be graduating to putting the hammer down. That should be the emphasis the next three games — and it’s an attainable goal. Arkansas, South Carolina and Alabama should be opportunities for convincing wins, and the Wildcats should go to Florida on a roll and with a feeling of nothing to lose.
It’s setting up well for UK. But as fun as it is to win on a last-second put-back, the win isn’t quite the sure-fire sign of progress that John Calipari wants to make it. He’s saying the right thing, of course. He needs to give his team the feeling of building momentum. This group might be behind schedule, but it still can beat its NCAA Tournament deadline. I’d call them the Fiddlin’ Five, but that name already has been taken. They’re the Freshman Five. And anyone who thinks this can’t be a dangerous tournament team is mistaken. But they’ve played with fire quite a bit.”