Reduce Kentucky’s win at Vanderbilt to a four-minute snapshot, and John Calipari was actually pretty happy with the way things went. Alex Poythress made two big free throws. Kyle Wiltjer hit a crucial midrange jumper even though he had not scored to that point. Archie Goodwin had a pair of important assists even though he played a team-high 37 minutes.
The Wildcats showed some grit in pulling out a 60-58 road victory, but given the circumstances, it’s difficult to focus on that part of their performance.
“There were plays that we made to gut it out, but we just gotta get better than where we are,” Calipari said.