‘Stupidest Schedule’: Kentucky Wildcats’ John Calipari Reacts After Recording Worst Start in 109 Years

Published 12/27/2020, 1:18 AM EST
Dec 6, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari yells at players against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 college basketball season is already proving to be exciting, but not for everyone as the Kentucky Wildcats are off to their worst ever start in 109 years. This isn’t a proud record for the Wildcats, and their head coach John Calipari is fuming at his team’s recent run of form. 

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The Wildcats lost to the Louisville Cardinals in a three-point game to suffer their sixth straight loss of the season. Calipari has never begun a season in such a terrible manner in his Wildcats’ tenure so far. 

“Let me just say this again, losing stinks. We had our chances, and we had some breakdowns,” said Calipari, according to ESPN. 

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Kentucky faced Louisville coming off a double-digit loss to UNC on December 20. The Wildcats are painfully adding more misery to their existing woes with each passing game. They seem to gain control but fail to sustain it, which has so far led to a line of defeats. 

Saturday’s 52-69 defeat to the Cardinals recorded Kentucky’s sixth straight loss of the season and their worst ever start since 1911. Furthermore, the Wildcats are on a six-game losing streak for the first time since the 1988-89 season. 

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari piles the blame on scheduling

The Wildcats are yet to play one of their conference members this season, and things are already looking shaky for them at the moment. Their offensive struggles have been majorly visible on the court, and coach Calipari is not worried about admitting to it. 

Furthermore, the championship-winning coach also stated his disappointment over the tournament’s jam-packed schedule. “We need more time for all the team-building stuff that we do here all the time,” he mentioned. 

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Dec 12, 2020; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Jacob Toppin (0) and guard Davion Mintz (10) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Prentiss Hubb (3) read after the ball goes out of bounds during the second half at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Wildcats’ recent losses will give them a reality check ahead of what’s yet to come. They’re yet to face the best in the lot, but the team is already struggling to perform. Coach Calipari feels the scheduling is to be blamed. 

“You gotta play games you can win to build confidence. … This was the stupidest schedule I’ve ever put together. I’d like to smack myself in the mouth,” he mentioned. 

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The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the most esteemed college programs in the country, but they’re currently facing an uphill task bouncing back to cover their losses. The team is struggling to produce results despite their star-recruiting class. How long until the Wildcats get a grip on their season? 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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