In 1975, former boxing champion George Foreman fought five men in Toronto on the same night. It was a futile attempt to regain his confidence following his knockout loss to Muhammad Ali in Zaire the previous year.
Unexpected losses can sap the machismo of any individual or team, especially those that seem untouchable. And Kentucky’s roster of future NBA standouts had that allure entering Tuesday night’s matchup with Michigan State.
The Kentucky Wildcats were outplayed, outworked and outhustled. The good news, however, is that they were only playing their third game of the season. And if they excel over the course of the next four months, the blemish will mean little.