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Kentucky piled up early-season wins, but none really stood out until almost the turn of the calendar.
This is in large part due to losses at North Carolina and against Baylor in Dallas.
In both games, Kentucky struggled and looked like a young team. Against North Carolina, an 82-77 loss, Kentucky turned the ball over 17 times. Most of these turnovers were due to quick passes and not reading the defense, which has been adjusted since then.
The Wildcats also committed 30 fouls, which lead to James Young and Alex Poythress fouling out. A common theme in losses, the Wildcats shot 29-of-43 from the free-throw line.
Against Baylor, it was a similar story.
While at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Kentucky dropped the game to Baylor 67-62. After jumping out to a 38-35 lead at halftime, Kentucky got outscored 32-24 in the second half. This included a run by Baylor after Kentucky extended its lead to nine points with 13 minutes left to play.
Kentucky also got out-rebounded by 16 against Baylor and shot a putrid 52 percent from the free-throw line.
Despite both games being away from Rupp Arena, both games were a letdown for Kentucky. The Wildcats were the better team on paper but didn't live up to their hype.