uk northcarolina 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/16/13) — It was a disappointing weekend for the UK Wildcats when they took a loss to No. 18 North Carolina Saturday night 82-77. Kentucky is now 8-3 for the season, but still has a long road ahead of them.

“What we are right now is, we’re not a good basketball team, and we’re not a good team because our emotion is based on individual play instead of our team play,” Calipari said. “If you want to keep losing, keep acting that way. It doesn’t matter how bad I want them to get it, they got to want it.”

The question isn’t if the team has talent, but where their head is at this point in the season, said Calipari. Freshman James Young believes that the team together needs to channel its focus and energy better.

“I just think it’s a lack of concentration and focus on our half. It just seems that we get a little tired or fatigued, just lose focus,” said Young. “We just got to get better at that.”

In the second half, UNC was shooting 57 percent, and by the end of the game their loss opened Calipari’s eyes on what the team needs to work on next.

“My hope was we would be like the best team in the last 12 years. Reality says, 'Until they get knocked in the teeth a couple times and then accept responsibility for what happened, nothing will change,'” said Calipari. “UNC deserved to win the game. They played well. They fought like crazy. They played physical. I thought we did enough to keep ourselves in the game and gave ourselves a chance to win but lost it in three minutes.”

The Cats will take on the Belmont Bruins this Saturday at Rupp Arena. Belmont has an 8-3 season as well so the match up game should be interesting. Tip-off is 12 p.m.

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKY News Reporter

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Covenant Community Church Hosts Annual Eggstravaganza

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (03/29/2015) — A fire truck siren sounded Saturday at the Madisonville City Park, but not because… Read More

Huge Turnout Joins to Support Shanice Bean Family

NORTONVILLE, Ky. (03/29/15) – There was a huge community outpouring for the “ShaniceInspired” 5K and 1 mile run/walk on… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 5700

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5337

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5115

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5048

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4239

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 4021

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13602

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI
March 02, 2015 11576

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 28, 2015 2834

Young Child Dies in Princeton Fire

by Chris Rogers, KSP
March 28, 2015 1884

Tractor Trailer Takes Out Guardrail on I-69,…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 28, 2015 1521

VIDEO: Shoe Charity Expands to 'Sweet Sixteen'…

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 28, 2015 1310

Commission Hears More Proposals for Subdividing…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 28, 2015 1114

Independence Bank Scholarship Reception Held…

by Lynnsie Fulkerson
March 27, 2015 964

KSP Charges Jefferson County Man with Possession…

by Kentucky State Police
March 27, 2015 896

Alltech Brewing and Distilling Academy Launches…

by Danielle Palmer
March 28, 2015 848

Four Roses to Build Bottling Facility in Bullitt…

by Office of the Governor
March 28, 2015 824

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 27, 2015 817

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

by Beth Fisher