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December 23, 2012

KYLE HOBSTETTER: Good game for area, schools

(Continued)

LEXINGTON — Great

Expectations

This year’s Kentucky team has the problem of living up to the lofty expectations of last year’s national championship team.

With three losses already on the young season, many in Big Blue Nation have already started to doubt this team’s ability.

So for those who have no faith in the Wildcats, Herrion has a message for Kentucky fans.

“You can’t flip the the roster every year and expect magic,” Herrion said. “It’s not that sometimes your team is bad, but maybe the other team plays well. It’s like the end of the world is coming if you don’t win or play poorly.

“They ask what’s wrong with Kentucky, but sometimes it’s about the teams you’re playing.”

Even coach Calipari said maybe the expectations on this young team were too much too fast.

But fans’ expectations could grow if this team reaches where he thinks they can go.

“(This game) shows that this team has more upside than any other team in the country,” Calipari said. “We’re going to have games where we don’t shoot it well. It doesn’t matter when you play defense, when you’re rough and you’re tough then you’ll be fine.”

That’s what happened against Marshall.

Kentucky finished the game 3-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

So how did the Wildcats respond to jumpers not falling? By scoring 52 points in the paint.

“I’m not worried about missed shots, that happens to every team,” Calipari said.

Leading the way was Ryan Harrow, who had a career-high 23 points. More impressive is that the 6-foot-2 guard had 18 of those points come in the paint.

Calipari said when Harrow plays like he did against Marshall the sky is the limit.

“When he’s playing the right way with aggressiveness and talking to his teammates and with that look in his eyes, he’s as good as anybody in the country,” he said. “But the guy who gets bumped and throws up the ball he’s not that good. That other guy who we saw spurts today...just play that way.”

Along with points in the paint Kentucky forced offense with defense, scoring 26 points on turnovers.

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