John Calipari and Kentucky finished two games short of perfection last season.
|Kentucky vs. Wright State
Fridat, Nov 20 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Game Notes: UK | Wright State
|TV: SEC Network
Radio: UK Sports Network
A mostly made-over team has started well in picking up that quest, and the second-ranked Wildcats will try to avoid a letdown Friday night versus Wright State.
Kentucky (3-0) won its first 38 games last season before falling to Wisconsin in the national semifinals. Calipari then completed his annual reload with a stacked recruiting class to fill the void created by lottery picks Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker continuing on to the NBA along with second-rounders Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson.
Some of the freshmen have been as good as advertised despite Calipari’s harping on their shortcomings. Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere lead the team in scoring at 14.3 and 14.0 points per game, respectively, and Isiah Briscoe has averaged 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. But holdovers Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress played key roles in Tuesday’s 74-63 win over No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic at Chicago.