[Dallas, TX – November 14th]
The Culture Supplier – Marcus Gilmore
Everything came in handy as Kentucky’s latest highly touted class tried to find its way.
Kentucky ended up achieving that in the first of back-to-back games that featured some rough edges.
Calipari warned that this group might be more of a work in progress than previous teams, especially last year’s dominant collection that started 38-0 before losing in the Final Four to eventual runner-up Wisconsin. And to an extent he was right as the Wildcats committed 20 turnovers and were outscored 38-34 in the paint.
But Kentucky controlled the boards 34-28 and shot 56 percent from the field (28 of 50), just enough to win their inaugural meeting against the Great Danes. NJIT comes next Saturday night with the coach seeking improvement.
“You’ve got to have grit, toughness and fight when you get somebody down and just put them away,” Calipari said. “We’re not there yet.”
Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis each added 12 points for Kentucky. Six-11 forward Skal Labissiere added nine points and five rebounds in his debut for the Wildcats.
Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe did not play because of a bruised knee sustained in practice.
Kentucky: Hosts NJIT on Saturday night.