John Calipari knew this would be a tough week

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks to the media after his team’s 73-71 loss to LSU on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Now 9-2 in the SEC, the Wildcats play host to No. 1-ranked Tennessee on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
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Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks to the media after his team’s 73-71 loss to LSU on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Now 9-2 in the SEC, the Wildcats play host to No. 1-ranked Tennessee on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.