LEXINGTON, Ky. (11/13/13) — For the young UK basketball team, last night was a learning experience. Not only did the freshman get to see what good competition is like, the players also learned a lot about each other.
“We learned who was a fighter and who wanted to keep on playing,” sophomore Alex Poythress said. “We came together as a group and had to make some plays and get back into the game. I’m really proud of the team, we just have to keep on progressing from here.”
There was a lot of talk and focus on how many free throws the Cats missed by the end of the game.
“If you miss 16 free throws, you don’t deserve to win the game,” Calipari said. “We also had 17 turnovers, some of them were so ugly that I knew you all were just sitting there saying, ‘Oh, my gosh.' However, we did make up for the turnovers by rebounding the ball.”
Calipari said he knew going into the game that Michigan State would have a pretty big lead. His guess was by 12 points.
“We just did stuff that shot ourselves in the foot, but that’s what kids like this are going to do, it’s a young group trying to figure it all out.” he said.
After the game the locker room was full of tears, said Calipari.
“There was crying, but that is a good thing,” he said. “I want losing to hurt like that.”
The Wildcats have some time to recover from their loss and practice this week. The next scheduled game is on Sunday at Rupp Arena against Robert Morris. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
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