Kentucky may have been absolutely destroyed by the Duke Blue Devils last night, but coach John Calipari had a humble message for Kentucky fans in the wake of their loss.
Being defeated is never an easy thing to accept, and to do it with humility is even more difficult. Kentucky's head coach took the blowout loss like a champ:
I’ve been in early season games like this one and been on both sides. Duke deserves a lot of the credit. They were outstanding. Having said that, we weren’t prepared physically or mentally as I thought we would be, and that’s on me.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 7, 2018
Coach Calipari is certainly right about one thing: it's early in the season. The Wildcats can surely bounce back from this loss, though it has to sting quite a bit.
Freshmen Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett put on an absolute clinic against the Wildcats, collectively dropping 61 points on them. Is Duke really that good? Or was Kentucky just unprepared?
I can assure you this has humbled our team and our staff. I can also assure you that I wouldn’t trade this team for anyone and I can’t wait until we start clicking collectively.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 7, 2018
Calipari believes that the team will be humbled by the loss. Hopefully, it can light a fire under them and help them make some quick improvements.
We're excited to see how these teams develop as the season moves forward. Was last night just a common blowout, or does it point to some larger issues for Kentucky? We'll just have to wait and see how Calipari and the Wildcats respond from here.