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Will Kentucky Wildcats Be Sympathetic Underdogs Now?

Nerlens Noel Kentucky Wildcats

Kim Klement-US Presswire

The Kentucky Wildcats were embarrassed by the Tennessee Volunteers yesterday. Really embarrassed by a tune of 88-58.

After the game Coach John Calipari said that the will “burn the tape.” He should,  there was not much to cheer about.

The Wildcats clearly missed Nerlens Noel, who was injured earlier this week in Gainesville, Fl. when he ran into a basketball support system.

Yesterday showed exactly how the Wildcats will miss Noel. The Wildcats tried to play zone defense, but that is not something that they have done very much under Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky so that did not work. However, when the played man-to-man defense, there was no protection of the rim.

Willie Cauley-Stein is a great physical speciment, however, he does not have the shot blocking capabilities that Noel has. Kyle Wiltjer is a great outside shooter and can stretch defenses, yet again though, when called upon to protect the rim he is not Noel.

There is no end in sight for the Wildcats. This is not a problem they can readily solve.

With all the beating up that the Wildcats have done to other programs since Calipari has been at Kentucky, now may be the time for payback.

The Wildcats ran throught the college basketball world last year on rout to a national title.

Funny how times change, right?

After yesterday’s performance one can see why the Wildcats may not win another game this season.

Maybe some fans though will see the Wildcats as a symathetic figure. Since they have been totally changed because of a grusome injury to a great player. Who can want to see that happen to any bunch of student-athletes.?

Some will. Some won’t.

The games will go on though.

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