By LARRY VAUGHT
Gary Graves of The Associated Press got some perspective on UK’s basketball woes this season from former coach Joe Hall. Here is an excerpt from the story with comments from Hall as the Cats prepare to host LSU Saturday afternoon:
The Wildcats have already tripled last year’s loss total and have yet to beat a ranked opponent. After hosting LSU, Kentucky travels to No. 23 Mississippi and Texas A&M — which beat the Wildcats on Jan. 12 — before hosting South Carolina and Auburn.
With the Rebels, No. 8 Florida and No. 22 Missouri being the SEC’s only ranked teams, Kentucky needs every conference win it can get to boost its NCAA tournament prospects. That means beating teams it’s supposed to and snatching a win from one of those ranked squads.
Former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall believes it’s possible for the Wildcats if they remember that redemption is just a game away. “They’re a young squad and there are going to be good times and bad times,” Hall said. “Tuesday night was one of those times where it was half good and half bad. It’s going to be up and down with young players and their emotions. … They can turn the corner, but they just haven’t put it all together yet.”