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Calipari, young Cats experiencing growing pains

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's John Calipari believes tough losses come with the territory when coaching a young team.

Like Thursday's 64-50 loss to Notre Dame.

Talented freshmen are nothing new for Calipari, but the inexperience of his No. 8 showed against the Fighting Irish. Freshmen Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin, who entered the game averaging a combined 37.4 points per game, finished with just six points between them.

Kentucky's second loss of the young season was much like its first.

The Wildcat youngsters were outmatched by another more-seasoned group. In the Wildcats' 75-68 loss to No. 2 Duke earlier this month, Calipari pointed to several attention lapses that the veteran Blue Devils exploited.

The loss also reinforced the coach's assessment of being "a November basketball team."


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