For the Kentucky Wildcats, these are the necessary growing pains.
Clearly, they have as much talent as anyone in the country - who couldn't think that after watching Alex Poythress put on a dunk-a-thon against Duke - but they're still learning just what it takes to win at this level.
The Blue Devils provided the schooling Tuesday night.
Senior guard Seth Curry scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke held off a furious comeback by the third-ranked Wildcats, preserving a 75-68 victory at the Georgia Dome.
Both teams hope to return to Atlanta in April, when the Final Four will be held in the same building.
''I wouldn't mind having some of their guys,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''And I'm sure they would like to have some of our guys.''
The Blue Devils relied heavily on their experience to hold off coach John Calipari's latest group of stellar freshmen, who nearly came all the way back from a 14-point deficit in the second half.
Even so, Calipari actually sounded happier about the...