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Terrence Clarke says players are not discouraged after loss to Richmond

“I think it just made us even more hungry.”

NCAA Basketball: Bluegrass Showcase-Richmond at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats fell to 1-1 on Sunday after a home loss to the Richmond Spiders. The 76-64 deficit was the worst home loss by a John Calipari team from a non-SEC team.

There are always going to be fans that panic or are ready to throw out the season after a bad loss, but this truly is a unique situation with zero players on the court that played for Kentucky last season.

Thankfully, it looks as though the guys in the locker room are able to keep this in perspective, at least based on what freshman guard Terrence Clarke is saying.

“Nobody is discouraged,” Clarke said after the game. “It’s just one loss. This is our second game. The season just started. We’re a team of 10 different guys, new guys, all really freshmen. Two or three returning, and one of them (Keion Brooks Jr.) is not playing. We’re just going to learn. That’s it.”

Clarke had 15 points and six rebounds in Kentucky’s loss. The obvious issue for the Wildcats in the second half was the lack of offense. It often looked like the players were not on the same page and they had real trouble getting anything going. Clarke acknowledge the lack of flow and noted that this is a great opportunity to grow.

“I think it just made us even more hungry. We’re going to come back tomorrow and get ready for our game on Tuesday vs. Kansas,” Clarke added.

If that is truly this team’s approach, this loss should be easy to put behind them as they work to be the best version of themselves in the spring. Given the talent of this group and the spurts of great play we have seen, a humble attitude will go a long way toward giving them a chance to be great.

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