Kentucky looks to veterans, transfers for title run

Mens Basketball Open Practice and Open House, October 11, 2021, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Photo by Walter Cornett / Three Point Shots.

’s enthusiasm and optimism about his squad comes from having his most experienced Wildcats roster in a while.

Yes, Calipari once again landed a couple of heralded freshman recruits. But they’ll be outnumbered by a veteran core comprised of several holdovers and a handful of transfers. All of them will be counted on to help No. 10 bounce back from its worst finish in nearly a century.

The Wildcats were 9-16 last season — a year Calipari won’t bother reflecting on.

“Last year is a blip,” Calipari said on media day. “That’s so far behind me, what we went through. I learned from it and you move on.

“What I like about this group, they’re competing against each other. Let me say this: Yes, we do have depth.”

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