Dark clouds and silver linings for Kentucky basketball after the trouble in Texas.
Dark cloud: It is Dec. 9 and the team that was not supposed to lose a game has already lost two games.
Silver lining: It is Dec. 9.
Dark cloud: Kentucky is 7-2.
Silver lining: Kansas, North Carolina and Duke each have two losses.
Dark cloud: Kentucky lost to a team picked to finish third in the Big 12 this season.
Silver lining: Kansas lost to a team (Colorado) picked to finish third in the Pac-12.
Dark cloud: Through nine games, the Kentucky basketball team has managed just 36 steals. Steal totals for John Calipari's previous four UK teams after nine games: 70, 56, 76 and 66.
Silver lining: Better on-ball pressure and overall intensity produces more steals. Those are fixable, if the players are willing to put forth the effort to fix it.
Dark cloud: Body language continues to be an issue with the Harrison twins. Both are prone to frowns and moping and head-holding when called for a foul or when things go wrong.
Silver lining: Freshmen are often emotional. The Harrison twins are freshmen.
Dark cloud: There doesn't seem to be an Anthony Davis or a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on this Kentucky team.
Silver lining: Kentucky reached the 2011 Final Four, where it lost by a single point to eventual champion Connecticut, without Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Dark cloud: Kentucky made just 12 of 23 free throws Friday night inside the cavern that is AT&T Stadium, which is the same site as this year's Final Four.
Silver lining: There is a long time between now and the Final Four for the Kentucky players to walk those 12 steps — Calipari's approximation — from the Wildcat Coal Lodge to the Joe Craft Center and practice free throws.
Dark cloud: UK was battered on the boards by Baylor, a team that could match the Cats in height and length.
Silver lining: There are few teams remaining on the Kentucky schedule that can match the Cats in height and length.
Dark cloud: Teams seem to have figured out how to defend Julius Randle.
Silver lining: If Randle is as good as advertised, he will adjust.
Dark cloud: This is not a quick Kentucky basketball team.
Silver lining: All along, Calipari has said he believes this team has the makings to be a good zone defense team. We may see more of that.
Dark cloud: After Calipari said his team was more "cohesive" against zone defenses, Kentucky seemed to have no clue how to attack Baylor's zone on Friday night.
Silver lining: It's Dec. 9.
Dark cloud: Kentucky fans I traveled with on the way back from Dallas on Friday talked as though there is a crisis.
Silver lining: One of Calipari's favorite sayings is, "From crisis comes change."
Dark cloud: December doesn't get any easier with unbeaten Boise State, host North Carolina, Belmont (which beat North Carolina) and Louisville left to play.
Silver lining: You can't get better playing Popcorn State.
Dark cloud: The feeling is beginning to set in that this Kentucky basketball team was oversold, that it's not the greatest collection of talent in the history of the sport — or something like that — as we were led to believe.
Silver lining: Before Friday night's game, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said he doesn't think there is a great team this year, that the top teams will beat up on each other. As for the favorite to win the title, it's still wide open.
Boise Stateat Kentucky
When: 9 p.m.
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