With less than a minute to go and the outcome all but certain on Saturday, the white-out crowd at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. started chanting at the Kentucky Wildcats, “O-ver-ra-ted!” Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. “O-ver-ra-ted!” Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.
The chant, as senseless as it may be for the home crowd, may carry some weight with the nation’s preseason No. 1 team. After an 82-77 loss to No. 18/21 North Carolina, UK’s third loss in 11 games to open the season, John Calipari is likely hoping it strikes a chord with a young bunch he says isn’t a very good team right now.
“We’re not a good team because our emotion is based on individual play instead of our team play,” Coach Cal said.
It’s a talented team no doubt, one that looks to be getting tougher after Calipari questioned his players’ fight in the loss to Baylor.