For Kentucky, VMI opener looked familiar
Yes, the score is correct – again. A year after opening the Billy Gillespie era with a home loss to Gardner-Webb, Kentucky humbled its fanbase on opening night with Starting Slow Part 2: The Sequal – starring VMI, as Virginia Military Insititute. VMI marched into Rupp Arena and outflanked the Wildcats 111-103. UK never took a defensive position – even against the nation’s top scoring team from the past two years.
All this left Gillespie with quotes like … “They whipped us. They outfought us. They outhusled us.” (credit CBS Sportsline article). You could almost explain it the first time … new coach, new system, lots of young players … but this was an expected ambush. Not ready this time? Kentucky has enought talent to keep its string of NCAA tournament appearances alive, but this was an awkward way to start – again. Because this was supposed to the be the warm-up battle. The now-retreating Cats find the nation’s No. 1 army from North Carolina waiting on Tuesday. (Logo credit to CNN/SI)