Brian Lane, his Transylvania team just having frustrated Kentucky with a closer-than-expected game on Friday night, asked the contingent of reporters in front of him when UK’s next exhibition game was.
“I feel sorry for that team because you will see a much more energized (team),” Lane said.
Lane tried to backtrack just a bit and say it wasn’t as though UK didn’t play with enough energy, but it was clear he saw what everyone else in Rupp Arena witnessed: Kentucky didn’t play up to the colossal expectations placed before them this preseason. The Cats, as John Calipari said so time and time again afterwards, lacked energy and effort.
“We had a lot of non-competitive guys out there,” Calipari said. “They’re just going to have to learn. This was a great lesson for them.”
Monday night, as the Cats tune up for the regular season with a final exhibition game against Montevallo, everyone will get to see if the message sent by Coach Cal was received.