Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Miami, Kentucky Need to Recover from Losses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Miami, Kentucky Need to Recover from Losses

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Miami, Kentucky need to recover from losses

Fifth-ranked North Carolina made use of its few days off to sort out what went wrong during an upset home loss to Wofford. Now sixth-ranked Miami and No. 7 Kentucky have to do the same.

The Tar Heels lost to Wofford on Wednesday snapping a 23-game home winning streak before regrouping with a win against Ohio State in Saturday's CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans. The Wildcats (9-2) lost to unranked UCLA in that same event in the marquee game of the week for a light AP Top 25 schedule.

"Hopefully we bounce back from this," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I told them, "The next four games we play, we can lose every one."

Then, late Saturday, the Hurricanes followed with a loss to New Mexico State in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

The Tar Heels (11-2) were coming off last weekend's win at No. 21 Tennessee when they turned in a clunker of a performance against the Terriers, from being sloppy with the ball to struggling for consistent defensive stops and offensive flow. It was a performance that left coach Roy Williams criticizing "bad movement, bad defense, bad coaching" for a team he described as "fat and happy" and it overshadowed the good news that Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson finally made his season debut after missing the first 11 games because of injuries.

After the 86-72 win against the Buckeyes, Williams said the team used the Wofford film as an extended tutorial.

"We went in and watched the tape of the entire game and they listened to the coaches grade it while they were sitting there," Williams said. "It was almost 2 hours, so hopefully they learned something."

Now it's the Wildcats' turn after the 83-75 loss to the Bruins that left Calipari saying: "We're better than this."

As for Miami, the Hurricanes (10-1) beat Hawaii in Friday's Diamond Head first round in Honolulu but lost to New Mexico State in the semifinal. …

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