Kentucky Wildcats show ‘will to win’ just in time for tougher schedule

John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
John Calipari - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
John Calipari – photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com

In Monday’s game against Cleveland State, Kentucky snagged its first comeback win of the season and avoided what would have arguably been the biggest upset of the young season.

The Cats started slow and struggled early in the game on both sides of the ball. Offensively, UK had to trouble against a pesky 1-3-1 zone that crowded the paint and forced the Cats to shoot from the outside. The team shot just 26.9 percent (7 of 26) from the field in the first half and was 0 for 6 from the 3-point line. On the defensive side, CSU did just enough on the offensive glass and had two players in double figures to take a halftime lead.

Kentucky ultimately rallied in the second half thanks to a 21-3 run in the final seven minutes, providing John Calipari with great insight into who can handle adversity. Coach Cal said he learned he can go to two or three guys when the game is in the balance.

“I think we showed a will to win, which is good,” Calipari said. “We made the plays we had to make down the stretch. We made the free throws down the stretch.”

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