By LARRY VAUGHT
Going into tonight’s game at Texas A&M, Kentucky has lost two games in a row and will be trying to avoid becoming the first team under coach John Calipari to lose three games in a row.
“My mind is always on March. Every day, every game is on March,” Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel said. “The losses aren’t gonna kill you, but we just have to focus on where we’re going to be at during March.
“We just have to get better every day. We have to stay positive there’s no time to dig yourself into a deeper hole than you need to be.”
Social media has almost buried Kentucky at times, something Gabriel says players have tried to avoid.
“Of course you hear it, but you try to block it out. When you come to the team, you try to stay positive and focus on moving forward. The future is not going to be in the past,” Gabriel said.
What about the possibility of a historic three-game losing skid under Calipari?
“We should always have a lot going into every game. Obviously, the last game hurt and even the game before. So yes, the losses hurt, but we just use that as motivation,” Gabriel said. “We don’t look it at as the streak, never lost three in a row. That’s not how we look at it. But every game should be a different challenge.”
Freshman Kevin Knox said the players aren’t going to panic over losses at Missouri and then Tennessee at home.
“We’ve all lost games throughout our whole lives so we just know we’ve got to be able to prepare for the next game. Be able to move on, focus on the next game,” Knox said.
“I think the big thing with us is just making sure we stay focused, prepare because this is a hard conference and with a young team were going to experience some tough losses. Make sure that we stay positive and we just keep moving on.”