UK coach John Calipari said his team was a little better Saturday against Portland but he remains unhappy with the way his team comes out after halftime.
Kentucky won easily over Portland 74-46 to improve to 6-3. After two straight losses to Notre Dame and Baylor, Calipari institued tougher practices. He then put in early morning conditioning after a lack of effort in the 2nd half against Samford. Saturday he talked of shaking the lineup. "I may be trying a different starting lineup at halftime because the one that starts in the 2nd half right now, if you look at the numbers, we're getting outscored in the first five minutes and the second five minutes every game we play."
Portland cut Kentucky's 15 point halftime lead to 10 before the Cats ran off 9 unanswered points to take control. With final exams this week, UK will not return to the court until Saturday against Lipscomb. Senior guard Julius Mays thinks progress is being made. "We're starting to compete more and not give up on as many plays. You see a lot of guys make a lot more hustle plays, we're helping each other a lot more. So we're making strides but we've still got a long ways to go."