The Big Blue sky isn't falling.
Just because Kentucky has doubled its season loss total in the past two games, including a blistering 37-point loss at Tennessee on Monday night, doesn't mean the season has gone south for the nation's No. 7 team.
That was Coach Matthew Mitchell's message before UK heads to Alabama for a third straight Southeastern Conference road battle.
"We have a very good basketball team and they're anxious to prove that Thursday night," Mitchell told the media on Wednesday, just two days after that thrashing at Tennessee.
"When you have fantastic performances, you don't dwell on those for two and three weeks," the coach continued. "That was the most humbling point of our season. And unless you go undefeated — and not many teams do — you get humbled at some point."
Sure, Kentucky's offense has struggled mightily against the 2-3 zones of Tennessee and Louisiana State before that, but it doesn't mean UK has forgotten how to shoot, the Cats' seniors said.
"Adversity happens," point guard Amber Smith said. "It's a long season. Bad things happen. ... We're a great shooting team. We just have to fight through not making shots."
Despite two straight games of scoring less than 60 points (including a season-low 51 points at LSU), the Cats still lead the SEC in scoring at 76.2 a game.
In conference games, UK is averaging eight fewer points per game, but that's still good enough for second-best in the league.
The numbers that Mitchell and staff look at specifically, statistics like offensive rebounds and turnover margin, still show a healthy team.
And even though the offensive percentages are the ones that will have fans fretting, Mitchell said his team focused almost exclusively on transition defense in practice on Tuesday.
"We knew we needed to get better with transition defense and we had a good session of that," he said.
Smith said the team, which still owns an SEC-best turnover margin of plus-11.4 (best in the league by six points), knows it can score by turning the opponents over.
"We have to go back to what we do best and that's defense," Smith said.
Things like three-point shooting and poor field-goal percentages eventually will right themselves, fellow senior guard Keyla Snowden said.
One of the Cats' sharpest shooters said her eyes will still light up when she sees a 2-3 zone like the ones Tennessee and LSU played.
"I still love when teams play a zone," she said. "It creates open shots, it's just up to us to make those shots. We're getting wide-open shots, we're just not finishing them."
But it's not like UK forgot how to shoot, Snowden said. Kentucky still leads the league in made three-pointers at 6.2 a game.
"As long as we're all in the gym putting up extra shots, it will come back," she said of the shooting.
Mitchell said he hasn't focused on the team's offensive woes and that the team didn't need to watch the video of its loss at Tennessee.
"Sometimes you get to a point where sometimes you talk so much about it that maybe you overdo it and overanalyze," he said. "We're not an overcomplicated team. We don't need to complicate things."
The UK point guard did her part to keep the season simple. The Cats still have four more regular-season games to play. They still have a one-game lead over the Lady Vols in the SEC standings.
"Our goal is to end this stretch 4-0," Smith said. "We're focused on bouncing back. We had a couple of road blocks, but we had a great practice yesterday and we'll be fine."