Cal: "We were in coffins"

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - UK coach John Calipari is hoping his team has the maturity to keep playing the way it has the last two games. The day before his team plays Mississippi State, Calipari said, "One week ago we were in coffins."

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Photo by Chet White

Last week Kentucky was trying to find a way to win without Nerlens Noel, lost for the season with a torn ACL. The Cats did, beating Vanderbilt and Missouri. Kentucky now plays a Mississippi State team riding a 12 game losing streak, its longest since 1955. Calipari is cautious. "This team is capable and if we don't have the maturity to understand, one week ago, where were we? One week ago we were in coffins. People were trying to nail them shut." Calipari said his team must have the maturity and toughness to battle.

Coverage of Kentucky and Mississippi State will begin at 7:30 p.m. on WKYT with tipoff immediately following.

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