LEXINGTON - Since Billy Gillispie said earlier this season that he liked a team to face adversity early in the season so he could see how players responded, it would seem that the Kentucky coach might have learned some needed lessons then that could help him now.
His Wildcats have lost consecutive games to Mississippi and South Carolina after opening Southeastern Conference play with five straight wins. However, Gillispie says it is wrong to assume the Cats are having any kind of adversity now.
"Just because you lose does not mean that is adversity. You don't want to lose any time. What we didn't do well enough was rebound. It was not any adversity on our team. We had a few distractions earlier in the year, and I do not mind those kind of things," Gillispie said.
"The problem is I give credit to Ole Miss and South Carolina. They made some nice one-on-one plays. But our biggest problem was not rebounding like we need to do on defense. When you get a stop in this league, you better get the rebound. We can't continue to give teams more than one shot per possession, and we have been doing that in recent games."