By LARRY VAUGHT
Before Kentucky played Mississippi, John Calipari warned that he was worried his team might revert to its prior bad happens.
What he probably meant was that he worried UK would quit playing so hard on defense. It did against Ole Miss but was good enough to still win. It did again Saturday at Florida, but it was not good enough on the road against a really good team to win and got beat 80-67.
“Here’s a team, they shoot 50 percent against us and made 10 3’s. I could see we weren’t connected (against Ole Miss). You think you’re better than you are and the way you play is you’re in a dogfight and you’re going to play harder than the other guys,” Calipari said.
“We didn’t do it against Mississippi and we didn’t do it today. We’ve got a couple of days to get regrouped before we go this week into St. Louis (for the SEC Tournament) and let’s see if we can get it right. But if we play this way, you’re not winning.”
Florida made 10 3-pointers, including a couple of heavily contested shots in the first half. Calipari said that was not the problem.
“We could not guard anybody. They were shooting lobs, dunks, layups, so we went to the zone. So the first time we went to the zone our guard doesn’t bump our forward back and they’re standing in the corner with no one on him and the kid makes a 3. I mean that’s the kind of breakdowns we had today,” Calipari said.
“And then we got to where we were bumping and moving and made it hard and we got back in the game. Then we threw that ball away and that was the game. But you know, we fought. We kept fighting. Did we go down 23? And we were still playing to win.
“I didn’t even look up. I knew it was a lot. I refuse to look up when its that many. So I’m just trying to say let’s get back in this and we did. We got back in it.”