The Kentucky Wildcats may have a lot of talent on their team, but no one expected the Wildcats to start off the season with an 8-4 record. Kentucky lost just two games all of last season. Well, the Louisville Cardinals just handed this very young Wildcats team its fourth loss of the year.
John Calipari may be one of the best recruiters in the game and he has gotten lucky with so many talented players being able to play with one another, but that has not been the case this year. Kentucky has plenty of scorers on its team, but it seems like the Wildcats are still a ways away until this team actually starts playing like a team.
At times, Kentucky players were waiting on other Kentucky players to make shots instead of trying to create opportunities without the ball against the Cardinals. We all know that Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein are good, but they still need to learn how to play unselfish basketball with one another.
Against Louisville, Kyle Wiltjer was the only consistent player for the Wildcats. That obviously is not going to work for Kentucky because it has to play its best ball when facing elite opponents like the Cardinals.
Kentucky is clearly a good team or else it wouldn’t have been able to fight back against Louisville, but there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. Kentucky has lost every tough challenge it has faced this season and it will have to search for big wins once conference play starts.