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Can the Cats bounce back from a historic loss in Rupp Arena?

NCAA Basketball: Florida at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It was a bad week for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. They blew a 17 point second half lead to the Tennessee Volunteers to lose at home on senior night 81-73.

Amid the collapse (and some people see the cause of it) Ashton Hagans visually and audibly sparred with John Calipari on the bench. Hagans looked checked out for the second half and it clearly had an effect on his teammates.

John Calipari didn’t do too much to put the fears of discontent to bed in his Friday press conference where he danced around the topic and wouldn’t even mention Hagans by name.

Cal has had to play psychologist in the past but I don’t think it’s happened so late in the season. He was feeling good about his team during an eight game winning streak. And then it all came crashing down.

The results of the game today will say a great deal about the character of this team. And their seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

Tweets of the Day

Nick Richards is focused on his showdown with Kerry Blackshear.

See ya Samoas!

Quickies

Calipari is a semifinalist for Coach of the Year | Cats Pause- John Calipari has done a great job this season. But there is another big obstacle to climb before the tournament begins.

Cats look to bounce back against Florida | WDRB- If the Cats can win in Gainesville they will erase a week of concern and they will set themselves up for no worse than a three seed come tournament time.

CBS expert picks | CBS-It’s the final Saturday of the regular season and the Cats are looking to score a big road win. The Gators are -3.5 at home and the entire panel expects Kentucky to win and cover. Except some guy named Chip Patterson.

Cats relying on different players ‘game to game’ | Lexington Herald Leader- John Calipari stated that his team relies on different players from game to game and he is more than willing to ride the hot hand. When he named players that he’s relied on in past games, he named all of the important rotation players- except Hagans.

Bracketology update | ESPN- Joe Lunardi still have the Cats as a three seed even after the horrific loss to Tennessee. If the Cats want to secure no worse than a three, a win at Florida is a must today.

35 best teams that didn’t win the tournament | Sporting News- 2014/2015 Kentucky is #2 on this list with the UNLV team from 1990/1991 is #1.

The Wildcats embraced the 40-0 talk under John Calipari and nearly achieved perfection after an unbeaten regular season. Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein were almost an unstoppable force down low, and Andrew and Aaron Harrison kept the back-court humming. Kentucky advanced to the Final Four before losing in shocking fashion to Wisconsin 71-64.

This will always hurt.

Conference tournament schedules | USA Today- The fun really kicks into gear today and will continue all through next week leading up to Selection Sunday on the 15th.