John Calipari's cartoonish sideline antics during the first half Tuesday night were telling.
He screamed, put his hands on his head and slapped the floor in frustration, but for all his gyrations, his top-ranked Kentucky team never led and trailed reeling Mississippi State by 13 at halftime.
And while the youthful Wildcats rallied in the second half behind sophomore forward Terrence Jones' awakening and Darius Miller's clutch 3-point shooting for a gritty 73-64 victory, the damage already had been done. They looked vulnerable for the first time since their lone loss at Indiana two months ago, a game in which they trailed by 10, their previous largest deficit this season.
"At halftime I was a little mean," said Calipari, whose team is 27-1. "Like I tell these guys if it takes me being mean to you for you to play, come on man. Why should I have to do that?"
Yet for the favorite to win the national championship, Kentucky on Tuesday night looked a shadow of the super team many thoug...