Five ways Kentucky can get back on track

Kentucky coach John Calipari needs someone from his team to step up and be a leader. Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports

The overwhelming takeaway from Kentucky’s Dec. 14 82-77 loss to North Carolina at Chapel Hill was this Wildcats team is not a team at all.

The great Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant would ask his fans not to boo the players because, if they weren’t playing well, it was his responsibility to teach them better.

Kentucky coach John Calipari understands this statement.

“We’re not a good team,” he said after the Wildcats’ defeat.

At 9-3, there’s certainly no need to panic at this point. Kentucky's other losses were to then-No. 2 Michigan State and a strong Baylor team. As it is every season in Lexington, expectations are very high, and the wake-up call from Michigan State was a teachable experience.

“When your team doesn’t play well, individual players look bad too,” Calipari said. “And so when they really hit that spot where it’s like, ‘OK, we have to do this together.’ We’re just not there right now.