Sometimes reality is grim enough it doesn’t need historical perspective or a catchy storyline, which makes Kentucky coach John Calipari’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 Notre Dame last Saturday at Rupp Arena. At this point the Wildcats need a win for their psyche, making Saturday’s meeting with No. 22 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic in Ohio a must-win scenario.
“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.”