Last year, Kentucky split two big games with UCLA. Without Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox, the Bruins got the best of the Wildcats today.
No. 7 Kentucky and unranked UCLA faced off in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans this afternoon. John Calipari's club was a 6.5-point favorite entering the game, but UCLA took home the 'W.'
Aaron Holiday starred for the Bruins, scoring 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor, and dishing out eight assists. Kris Wilkes tied him with a game-high 20 points as well.
The loss pushes Kentucky down to 9-2, and more importantly, does some damage to the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament resume.
Kentucky will probably be fine in terms of making the Big Dance, but the SEC appears to be deeper than most years, and this doesn't have the feel of a vintage John Calipari team...not yet at least. It's a very young squad so it will probably develop by year's end, but we may be set up for the rare year where Kentucky returns a bunch of talent next season.
Of course, Coach Cal's annual cavalcade of freshmen could all peak in March and make a deep run, as well. We've seen that movie before too.