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John Calipari uses Undertaker metaphor about Cats’ season

There were no nails in that coffin.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have looked lost, even in their wins, in the first nine games of the season. But something changed in Gainesville on Saturday. and Kentucky looked like a different team that played with poise, confidence, and efficiency. It resembled the team we all expected coming into the season.

Some believed this team was done and this season was dead. But now the Wildcats are showing signs of life. And there is one obvious reference for coming back from the dead.

John Calipari, in his post game press conference, used a metaphor that brought to mind visuals of the Undertaker from Would Wrestling Entertainment.

“I know there were probably some people putting dirt on the coffin and we pushed open the coffin and said, we’re not having this,” Calipari said.

The Wildcats still face an uphill battle for getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Starting the season 1-6, Kentucky really dug themselves a hole going into conference play, and there is a lot of work to do to get on the right track.

Saturday’s win over Florida was a great step in the right direction. And if Coach Calipari is correct, Kentucky may just have an NCAA Tournament and several Wrestlemania victories coming their way.

The Cats face another big challenge on Tuesday as they face a high-scoring Alabama team, so the offense from Saturday really needs to carry over. Regardless, Kentucky fans must feel much better about this team than they did a week ago.