UK finally got the win over a ranked opponent it so desperately needed beating #16 Ole Miss Tuesday night in Oxford MS.
In a game that could serve as a microcosm of the up and down year UK is having, the Cats go nearly eight minutes in the 2nd half without a field goal and fall on the road to the Crimson Tide.
Without Willie Cauley-Stein, the Cats went into a hostile environment and demonstrated they are a team that can get a 20 point lead and hold it, a capability John Calipari had doubted earlier in the week.
UK had a fight on its hands Tuesday night at Rupp Arena against the Volunteers of Tennessee, but held on to send the Vols to their fourth straight loss.
Less than two weeks after nearly coming back from a 17 point second half deficit against Louisville, UK was almost on the losing end of a similar comeback against Vanderbilt Thursday night.
Calipari tinkers with the lineup and sees immediate success as the UK pummeled the Eagles Wednesday at Rupp Arena.
Bragging rights established, Louisville removes some of the sting from last years losses to UK.
Ryan Harrow scored a career high 23 points to go along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds in by far his best game as a Wildcat.
After facing a challenging early schedule, John Calipari has the Cats facing a steady stream of lesser opponents ahead of their visit to the Louisville December 29th.
Don't panic. Get creative.
Despite the easy win, Calipari still see room for improvement.
After losing two straight, including at home for the first time under head coach John Calipari, the Wildcats get some help from the schedule with home games against Samford and Portland.