By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today
Kentucky coach John Calipari was surprised to learn about top-ranked Duke’s 85-83 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night and said experienced teams can pull off upsets at any given time.
“When you have young kids, a veteran team can do that to you,” he said. “And especially if it’s not going right, then those young kids have never been in that situation, especially early. So I would imagine the veteran teams have a big advantage on all that stuff.”
Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney said the Blue Devils’ loss “just shows that anybody can get beat.”
“You’ve got to come out and give it your all every night,” he said.
He added the Wildcats’ 67-64 loss to Evansville while atop the polls served as a wake-up call.
“We look at that loss and we (have been) getting better with each opportunity,” Whitney said. “We learned that we have to come out and play, no matter who it is and don’t lower yourself to the level of the competition.”
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Gametracker: UAB at Kentucky, 7 p.m., Friday. TV/Radio: SEC Network, UK Radio Network.
Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @keithtaylor21.