The Wildcats nearly erased a 24-point first-half deficit, but Olivier Sarr’s shot at the buzzer didn’t fall, and an offensive rebound put-back came after time expired. It was Kentucky’s fourth straight loss.
“I told them, Adversity is going to make you tougher. It’s what it is,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the game. “This comes at you, especially at Kentucky. Losing games in a row here is like a natural disaster. And you know what? I’m not buying it, I don’t listen to it, I never have. Whether we’re winning games or losing games, my focus is on how do I help these guys get better? And some of them, you gotta dig your heels in or someone else plays. Dig your heels in or someone else plays. And every year, it’s kind of like this.”