By LARRY VAUGHT
He hit one shot — a 3-pointer — and got four rebounds in 22 minutes in Saturday’s loss at Florida.
He was a total non-factor the first half.
Maybe that’s why UK coach John Calipari seemed happier with Gabriel after the game than one might have expected.
“I was really, really happy for Wenyen,” Calipari said. “Wenyen was so bad in the first half, so scared.
“All I’ve been talking about to these guys is you have to conquer yourself before you can conquer someone else. And what he did in the second half showed me he conquered himself.
“Literally, he couldn’t speak in the first half. And then he came out, I told him at halftime, you get this and you’re going to change it. And he came out, and I told him after I was so proud of him.”
Not that it was just Gabriel who struggled.
“You’re not going to win if you don’t pass it to each other. You don’t give each other shots. Again, this is a young team. Last regular season game, now the real stuff starts,” Calipari said.