By LARRY VAUGHT
One reason Kentucky blew a 14-point lead in the final 11 minutes of Tuesday’s loss at South Carolina was its inability to consistently make free throws.
“Free throws are all mental. You just gotta get to the line, just tell yourself you’re going to make it and, like I said, the first half was all quiet. They (South Carolina fans) weren’t really loud,” UK freshman Kevin Knox said.
“The next thing you know in the second half they kind of got into it. That kind of helped with them with the free throws because we started missing them.
“But free throws are all mental. I know we’ll work on it in practice and we’ll knock them down next game.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari said the issues started long before the South Carolina fans got loud.
“This started at shootaround today, where you got a bunch of guys that don’t know having a great shootaround doesn’t guarantee a great game, but going through the motions or not paying attention and not being focused guarantees what happens when the game is in the crunch,” Calipari said after the loss.
“There’s an unwarranted arrogance that we get up, we’re really good, or I’m really good and I’m going to do what I’m choosing to do, I’m not going to listen to what you’re saying. That’s what happened, and then it started rolling and all of a sudden we couldn’t stop the onslaught. They deserved to win. There was no – this wasn’t about us. This was about South Carolina.”