Despite Downplaying the Pressure of a Bad Start, Kentucky Knows It Needs a Win

Sometimes reality is grim enough it doesn’t need historical perspective or a catchy storyline, which makes coach ’s position not to want to over dramatize the situation understandable: The Wildcats need a win.


Not because at 1–4 the Wildcats are off to their worst start since 1984–85 and not because last week’s famed “Camp Cal” practices yielded a 24-point first-half lead for last Saturday at Rupp Arena. At this point the Wildcats need a win for their psyche, making Saturday’s meeting with No. 22 in the Sports Classic in Ohio a must-win scenario.

was originally scheduled to play UCLA, but Sports announced the revised to more closely align COVID-19 testing protocols between the schools and their respective conferences.

“We’ve gotten better,” Calipari said. “The issue becomes feeling the success that comes along with your getting better. That’s what’s been hard. We’ve gotta have a breakthrough at some point.”

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