By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky is tied for sixth in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-6 mark. It has dropped out of the top 25. The Cats were only projected as a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the latest projections Sunday.
The Cats were dismantled in Saturday’s loss at Texas A&M and they have to play at Auburn, the SEC leader, on Wednesday.
Kentucky coach John Calipari says he’s tired, but not frustrated with the team. Not quite sure I am buying that but I understand why he has to say that or risk losing the team.
“We’re working through all this and like I said, we play for March. That’s what we’re playing for. We’ve got to get this thing right. We’ve still got time,” Calipari said.
“Been in this situation a couple different times at Kentucky and you now every team we play is giving us their best shot. When we get this, we’ll bust through, but it’s getting old right now. ”
He did work a miracle in 2011 and got a team that struggled to win on the road in SEC play to the Final Four. He did it again in 2014 — thanks in part to some gigantic shots by Aaron Harrison — and got to the title game.
But he knows time is running out for his team this year.
“It’s getting, each week that goes by, it gets harder and harder to get this thing to where you want it to go. At some point, you’re right, somebody has to lead and step up and say, hey enough is enough,” Calipari said.
“Right now I’m not sure we have that guy and the reason is, it’s hard to talk when you’re not playing well. It’s hard to talk when the guy won’t fight until the game is down 14. It’s hard to be that guy to say anything in those meetings.
“But I’ll say it again, I’m not cracking. I’m not wavering. I hate losing. Can’t stand it. Liked our first half, thought, OK, maybe we busted through and then we let go of the rope. When things go bumpy guys just let go because my stuff’s not right so I’m just hanging my head, which is what young kids do and we’ve got to break that.”