John Calipari fumes about schedule as Kentucky falls to 1-6 after loss to Louisville
Kentucky's season is not going as planned. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)
One-and-done doesn't just describe the preferred recruiting type in Kentucky right now. it also sums up their record.
The Wildcats fell 1-6 after a narrow loss to rivals Louisville on Saturday and fell 62-59 after Brandon Boston Jr. tried to rattle a game-winning 3-pointer off the edge as the buzzer sounded. As a team, Kentucky shot just 34.5 percent off the field.
Louisville 62, Kentucky 59 pic.twitter.com/tHiujdEKFe
- Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) December 26, 2020
The loss gives Kentucky much more than just the shame of falling on their state rivals. The 1-6 record remains the worst in Kentucky since the 1926-27 season, and the team's six-game loss is the longest under head coach John Calipari.
The Kentucky schedule was rough
The preseason top 10 team started their season with a habitual predominance in Morehead State but soon hit hard times with a shocking loss to Richmond. A close enough 65-62 loss to the current No. 3 Kansas could at least be seen as encouraging, but then the Wildcats season bottomed out again with a loss to previously winless Georgia Tech.
Losses to Notre Dame, North Carolina and now Louisville followed, and it seems Calipari is now lamenting putting so many Power Five opponents on Kentucky’s schedule:
Calipari later stated that through Forbes 'Adam Zagoria he should have made for some softer opponents earlier in the Wildcats' schedule:
"Look, we should have played games that we had a chance to win, four or five of them and then four or five of the others," Calipari said. "Not eight tough games and we still have Texas left, which is like the tenth in the country."
He said the schedule was "just plain stupid".
Of course, Kentucky's seemingly unfortunate schedule isn't quite that of Calipari. Richmond and Georgia Tech weren't supposed to be challenges, and the Kansas game was part of the team's annual Champions Classic. In fact, it's odd that Calipari should be lamenting his post-game schedule in Louisville, as this, too, is an annual rivalry game late on the Wildcats' non-conference schedule.
Fortunately for Calipari, more complaints about the schedule can be brought to the SEC as Kentucky will take its conference schedule on the next word.
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