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Did John Calipari even think Arkansas would be a breather for Cats?

Ashton Hagans. (Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics)


If you thought Kentucky looked sluggish, out of sync or even just downright uninterested against Arkansas, especially in the first half Tuesday night, you were not alone.

Kentucky coach John Calipari knew his team was not right in its 70-66 comeback win that came three days after a blowout win over Auburn and four days before a Southeastern Conference showdown at Tennessee. Plus, the Razorbacks had already lost five straight games coming into the UK game.

Calipari has stressed the importance of his team staying humble and hungry, attributes that the coach felt were missing against Arkansas.

“It’s obvious that we didn’t think that — you know, and I’ll be honest with you, maybe I was that way,” Calipari said.

What? The coach overlooked Arkansas, too.

“Look, they will go where I’ll take them. They’re going to go, they’re going to feed off of me and maybe it was me too. Maybe I looked at this and said, we got a breather here before — yeah, we had a breather, down 11 at half, down 15, it was, yeah, it was a real breather,” Calipari said.

“So again, I really, like coaching these young kids, they’re looking for me, tell us what to do, tell us where we’re going, tell us how to do this. And they responded. Now we didn’t play well in the first half, but we’re good enough that we could do it in the second half.”

Then Calipari poked a little fun at the media — and maybe fans not overly thrilled with the win.

“And again, do we, we have a guy not playing. Do we have a guy not playing? Oh, Reid’s not playing. Is he not playing? Wow. Did you guys know we have a guy not playing?

” Calipari said.

Senior Reid Travis has missed the last two games with a sprained knee.

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