LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/11/13) — After a rough start Friday night, the Kentucky Wildcats ended up defeating the University North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs 89-57.
“They were anxious, it was their first college game,” Coach John Calipari said. “I’m not backing them up, we have to get better, and we have to accept what we have to do to get better.”
The Cats made only 15 of their first 29 free throws, which led many fans questioning the future when the team plays Michigan State tomorrow night.
“We have a group here that everything that happens is new to them,” Calipari said. “We are who we are right now. You saw how sloppy we looked, that’s who we are right now.”
After having two wins this weekend, the teams will practice today and then be on the road to Chicago tomorrow to take on Michigan State.
“If we would’ve played like we did on Saturday against NKU, we would’ve lost,” said Calipari.
The team has work to do, and with Michigan State being ranked No. 2 right behind the Cats, the game should be interesting for the young players.
“I’ve told them to not think, just play. To react and be instinctive,” said Calipari. “The fight isn’t there right now, we have a ways to go.”
Tomorrow the Cats will take on Michigan State in Chicago at 7:30 p.m. It will be aired live on ESPN.
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