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Fox says practice and time on UK’s side

After Kentucky lost its third game in the past four contests with an 88-66 loss at Florida Saturday night, guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t worried about the Wildcats experiencing a long-term drought.

What will it take for the Wildcats to get back on track?

“Just practice and time,” Fox said. “We’re young, but that’s not an excuse anymore. We’ve been playing college basketball for too long now. Everybody has those—I guess those everybody going downhill. Everybody has those slumps. Just trying to get over ours.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari agreed and said the Wildcats need to “go back and get in the groove of how we’re playing” and said the absence and then return of Fox to the lineup disrupted the team’s routine.

“That’s the first time De’Aaron (Fox) has played in six days,” he said. “The other side of this is, what I don’t think they get yet is that every game we play is like this. And it gets to where every game you walk into you’re trying to get going.”

Calipari had no easy answers as to why his team has suddenly took a backward turn and added the players aren’t happy with the recent turn of events.

“It’s kind of like hard to make the club in the tub,” he said. “If you’re not playing well, it’s hard to say something. So we have a lot of guys that aren’t playing real well right now.”

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