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Cal's Look Explains 64-55 Loss To Baylor

Posted: Dec 1, 2012 5:42 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Dec 1, 2012 5:43 PM

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The shooting was awful, 29%.

Kyle Wiltjer, who looks lost, was 1 for 11.

Nerlens Noel was 3 for 14.

"Nerlens missed you know eight shots from two feet," says Cal.

Ryan Harrow was 1 for 9.

Julius Mays was 2 for 9.

"Our shot selection stunk, but so did the way were were attacking the zone and that's my fault," says Cal.

The crowd at Rupp was stunned. It's Cal's first loss at home in Lexington. The Cats played like there was a lid over the rim as Baylor beat them 64-55.

This was only one play, but it was typical of what these young Cats are going through.

"They came out and went like (funny look), and Ryan threw the ball to Julius who said what are you doing?," says Cal.

Beating UK at Rupp is still special.

"This is the most fun game I've ever played in," says Baylor center Isiah Austin. "Playing at Rupp in front of their crowd, it gets you riled up. Your nerves tingle a little bit."

The other locker room is trying to figure things out.

You mad? You down? How would you put your emotions right now?

"I don't even know," says Willie Cauley-Stein who in only 13 minutes had 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. "A little bit, all of the above. Mad. Down. Personally mad at my own performance."

The preseason hype got to this team. That's over. This is now the real world of college basketball.

"Personally I think we needed it 'cause coming in here we probably have the best fan base supporting like all of our wins and the national championship," says Cauley-Stein. "I feel like we came in here thinking that was that team. We're not that team."

The Cats missed a ton of shots inside when they weren't physically strong enough to get a good look. There were many shots they should have made. Right now you have to wonder if the Cats will even be in the Top 25 when the new polls comes out.