Dec 19, 2013 5:59 PM by Alan Cutler
UK has lost three games by a total of 14 points. It's easy to say if the ball bounced another way, or if UK had an easy schedule, they could be undefeated.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison believe UK has a problem in the last five minutes of games.
"Right now, we don't know how to close out the last five minutes of games," Willie Cauley-Stein said.
Cal believes it's the last three minutes, and that it's something he's dealt with since moving to Lexington. Cal also sees mistakes made with seven or eight minutes left in a game that allows a team to get back into games.
"There were a lot of things we thought: 'they will know this'," said Cal. "But they don't."
"It happens with young guys," said Willie. "It was the same with us last year, and hopefully it just comes and it start clicking for us.
Hoping isn't going to make it happen. Willie doesn't use the word panic, but there is something to this. If there is a problem, you have to keep playing. At the end of games, UK is not doing this.
"A lot of it has to do with execution and playing through mistakes," said Willie. "Obviously you are going to make mistakes but you just got to, especially in the last five minutes, play through it because you don't know what you are about to get. In the North Carolina game, we made a bunch of mistakes in the last five minutes, and still had a chance to win. We just didn't play through the mistakes we made. We were constantly making more mistakes because of the last mistakes you made."
This isn't last season when there wasn't enough talent, and the team wasn't tough enough. All of this can be fixed.