It is no secret that the Kentucky Wildcats are struggling at the moment.
Despite what their 5-1 record shows, the Wildcats are not looking like past John Calipari teams. They have been sluggish on both sides of the ball and are not living up to the high expectations that were set on them heading into the season. Before the college basketball season began, Kentucky came in as the second-best team in the country (behind Kansas) according to both the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
After losing to Duke 118-84 in the first game of the year, it was apparent that this year's Kentucky team was in for a long season. This was reaffirmed in Kentucky's 77-62 win over the Tennessee State Tigers. While the Wildcats won, the team did not put on a great performance, especially when considering they were up against a no-name school in Tennessee State.
Following the Tennessee State game, Calipari had some blunt words to tell reporters, admitting that his Wildcats are not a good team right now.
When Calipari says that his current team is not good, he is comparing this year's squad to those in seasons past. Obviously, the majority of college basketball programs would love to be ranked as the tenth-best team in the nation, but Calipari expects perfection (as he should).
Kentucky's poor start to the season has even impacted the recruiting process, as James Wiseman, the top 2019 recruit in the country, recently committed to Memphis over Kentucky.
Calipari has some work to do if he wants a shot at winning it all come March Madness.