to consider his team's 74-71 SEC opening loss to 17 th ranked and preseason conference favorite Kentucky Wednesday night in the Maravich Assembly Center as a moral victory or anything like it.
Yes, it was just a handful of plays, like Kentucky's Wenyen Gabriel beating three Tigers to an offensive rebound that the Wildcats converted into a basket and a four-point lead with 1:16 left.
The majority of the fans who braved the biting cold temperatures apparently liked what they saw, since they gave the home team a round of applause as the Tigers and Wildcats shook hands after the final buzzer.
Calipari is trying to do the same with his usual freshmen-filled lineup, something he's done since 2006 when the NBA started preventing from high school players from entering the league and requiring them to play a year in college or overseas before becoming draft eligible.
For instance, there's no one on the roster that jumps out as an immediate NBA impact rookie as was John Wall or Anthony Davis or Willie Cauley-Stein or DeMarcus Cousins or Devin Booker or Jamal Murray.
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