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Monday Quickies: Basketball Struggles Edition

This has been hard to watch.

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NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After their worst start in decades, it’s safe to say the Kentucky Wildcats are an absolute mess on the basketball court. While COVID and significant roster turnover haven’t dealt head coach John Calipari any favors, the Wildcats’ 1-3 start to the season is still hard to explain.

Combine their struggles with lots of new faces and it’s hard to dissect Kentucky’s issues and come up with any solutions. There’s plenty of blame to go around and Big Blue Nation is kidding themselves if they think the Wildcats will just “flip a switch.”

Per ESPN, it’s the first time during Calipari’s career that he’s lost two games by double-digits to unranked, non-conference opponents while coaching an Associated Press Top 25 team.

From coaching to chemistry, there are several reasons why Kentucky just isn’t a good basketball team right now. Unfortunately, they have just four days until they host Notre Dame. They’ll then turn around and host Detroit on the 15th before traveling to Cleveland where they’ll play UCLA on the 19th.

Not many expected this to be an easy start to the year for Kentucky, but it’s probably safe to say it’s been more rough than most anticipated.

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The decision should be coming soon.

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It’s been a rough start to the year for the Wildcats.