LANE | Cats Return Home Against Alabama
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Following two losses last week and what they hope is the low point of the season, Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena to host Alabama Tuesday night. The Wildcats fell eight places to number 25 in the latest AP Men's Basketball Poll after falling to Arkansas at home in overtime Thursday and at South Carolina Saturday.
It's also senior night at Rupp, the final home games for native sons Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson.
"Once I started getting recruited it just became another school," Hood, a Madisonville native said. "And then Kentucky turned out to be the best fit for me, my family and where I should go. Now I'm here."
"I knew that if I ever got the opportunity to play for Kentucky that I would always take it," said Polson, who played his high school basketball at West Jessamine.
John Calipari watched his Wildcats second half comeback from the locker room Saturday after getting ejected with two technicals. He was asked about that Monday.
"People walked up and said you did it on purpose. I didn't do it on purpose," said Calipari. "But, after that point, hopefully I've lead well enough that they don't need me out there and they can perform. That's leadership. Sometimes you're sick, you step away, something happens, and the ship moves on and you look back and you say ‘Boy, I've done a good job of leading because I've had other people around me and a team that knows they can do this without me.' I think that was important for them to see. But again, this team is a work in progress; a lot of young players. Two weeks ago, Florida/Mississippi (we thought) we had this figured out. Two weeks later, all the sudden we're like a bunch of teams in the top 25 that lost. Some of us lost to unranked teams. You lose. And you regroup and figure it out."
It's a 9:00 pm tip-off at Rupp Tuesday. UK then closes out the regular season at top-ranked Florida in a Noon start Saturday.
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