In reviewing a 66-59 loss to Auburn on Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari used the f-word more than once. No, that that f-word. It was another that might have summed up a UK team falling to 4-8 for only the fourth time in the proud program’s history.
“You can see I’m frustrated,” Calipari said after lamenting the players not always following instructions on both ends of the court.
On defense, Calipari said he directed the players to contest Auburn shots around the basket but not swipe at a shooter and send him to the foul line. Auburn hitting 15 of 21 free throws indicated the instruction was not always followed.
“That kind of stuff is what gets frustrating for coaches,” Calipari said.
On offense, Kentucky players passed up shots.
“No one wanted to shoot,” Calipari said, “till I was yelling at dudes, ‘Shoot the ball!’
“That’s what it came down to.”
With all that, Calipari acknowledged that Kentucky competed and had a chance to win.
Trailing by 10 with barely five minutes left, and by eight inside the final three minutes, Kentucky closed to within 60-58 with 59.4 seconds left.
Devin Askew led the charge, scoring or assisting on three straight baskets.