LEXINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There are those who say in order for a team to learn their lesson they have to lose a game or two. John Calipari would like for his team to learn in close wins, not losses.
He certainly got what he wanted against Cleveland State on Monday night when Kentucky escaped Rupp Arena with a 68-61 victory.
What did we learn from this game? I believe this team has a will to win which is something Calipari loves in his teams.
When it came time the Cats simply turned on the switch and started playing the way people have expected them to play before the ball was ever thrown up this season. You see it in spurts you just don’t see it consistently.
For this team to reach its full potential their effort level has to become constant. You can’t just wait for ‘money time’ because this season the teams in college basketball are too good for that kind of mindset to cut down nets.
Calipari has also compared this team to his first team at UK much more so than the title team that featured Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Marquis Teague. I agree. That team who was led by John Wall and Demarcus Cousins. They seemed to always find a way to win the close games. There were times against the Vikings tonight where I thought I was watching that team try to figure out the zone.
Ultimately that batch of Cats met their demise in the Elite 8 against a zone constructed by Bob Huggins and West Virginia.
All in all a good win for Kentucky against Cleveland State, but if they don’t change, danger may be lurking right around the corner.