‘We’re better than this,’ Calipari says after UCLA loss. Kentucky will have to prove it.

That it was even a game in the second half was a minor miracle for Kentucky.

In the end, it didn’t really matter.

The No. 13-ranked Wildcats suffered yet another loss to a big-name opponent — falling 63-53 to No. 16  in in New York on Saturday — following a first half in which the Bruins nearly ran away from and forced to make some drastic changes to his lineup.

When  stepped to the line to try and finish an and-one play with 14:26 left, a free throw that would have given a 41-40 lead, it seemed an improbable scenario after everything that had come before it. And that advantage was never attained. Tshiebwe missed the shot, scored six straight points in less than a minute on the other end, and the Bruins held off the Wildcats down the stretch.

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