Kentucky made only three of 15 free throws in its defeat of East Tennessee State. The Cats did not make a free throw until Kevin Knox connected with 7:55 left in the second half. The fans’ joyous reaction caught him off guard.
East Tennessee State Coach Steve Forbes decorates his office with career memorabilia that includes a photo of John Calipari. As a former assistant for Billy Gillispie, Bruce Pearl and Gregg Marshall, he has a lot of memories from which to use as part of his office décor.
Through two regular season men’s basketball home games, Kentucky has an average attendance of 19,991 which is down from 22,346 after two games a year ago. Is that a fluke or are we seeing a fundamental change in the “UK basketball experience?”
John Calipari had plenty of questions of his own at a news conference Thursday. His questions were part of the effort to regroup after UK’s loss to Kansas earlier in the week. Kentucky’s path forward begins Friday night against East Tennessee State.
Maria Taylor, the ESPN sideline reporter who interviewed Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari at halftime Tuesday night, posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday to calm talk about what some described as an awkward interview.
Because it lost the final three minutes, Kentucky lost to Kansas 65-61 on Tuesday. John Calipari said he and his freshman-dependent team must learn how to execute better in late-game situations, which also was a problem in Sunday’s victory over Vermont.
Many Kentucky men’s basketball fans took the team’s loss to No. 4 Kansas in stride Tuesday night, but they were less forgiving of ESPN’s new scoreboard graphic. “KENT?” Yes, according to the network’s new ubiquitous “scorebug,” Tuesday night’s game was a battle between “KENT” and “KAN.”