When you take part in something called the “Bluegrass Showcase” and you represent the Bluegrass State, well, you’re probably supposed to win the dang thing.
That’s especially the case when you’re a traditional power such as the Kentucky basketball program.
Instead, the 10th-ranked Wildcats were stunned by the unranked Richmond Spiders, falling 76-64 on Sunday.
For coach John Calipari’s Wildcats, it was the story of a team that couldn’t shoot straight. They missed all 10 of their 3-pointers and went just 36 percent from the floor overall.
Making matters worse was the fact the Wildcats also missed 13 free throws. They lost by 12.
“If you play 15 seconds, you’re getting beat. You’ve got to play the whole possession,” an exasperated Calipari told reporters. “On offense, because of how they play, you cannot take high-risk plays. You’ve got to be efficient offensively. Attack and run and get in the lane.”
Freshman guard Brandon Boston Jr. finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, doing his part for the Wildcats. He was their highest-rated recruit of his class. Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr added 17 points.
Senior forward Nathan Cayo led Richmond with 18 points.
Kentucky is now 1-1. The perfect way to bounce back from this loss would be to beat another powerhouse, such as Kansas. Luckily, that is who the Wildcats face next.