Now that Kentucky has a pair of hard-fought games under its collective belt, John Calipari's squad should be more than ready to showcase its budding talent in front of a Rupp Arena crowd.
The third-ranked Wildcats expect to have an easier time in their home opener against Lafayette on Friday night.
Defending national champion Kentucky (1-1) has few prominent pieces remaining from last season's 38-2 group that sent three freshmen and two sophomores to the NBA. The Wildcats again have some potential one-and-done talent, but don't expect to be as dominant, at least not right away.
After holding on for a 72-69 victory over Maryland in Brooklyn last Friday, Calipari felt the Wildcats continued to make strides in a 75-68 loss to ninth-ranked Duke on Tuesday in Atlanta. Alex Poythress had 20 points while fellow freshmen Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin each added 16 as Kentucky nearly overcame a 14-point deficit against a veteran Blue Devils team.
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