No. 22 Kentucky, Ole Miss back in league action, seek consistency

Kentucky and Ole Miss haven’t played a Southeastern Conference game in a week.The No. 22 Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 SEC) lost a nonconference home game against Gonzaga 89-85 on Saturday, four days after beating visiting Vanderbilt 109-77 in their most recent conference game.The Rebels (18-5, 5-5) didn’t play at all over the weekend as they tried to regroup from consecutive defeats, most recently a 68-65 loss at then-No. 15 South Carolina on Feb. 6.Kentucky and Ole Miss both have seen fast starts in SEC play give way to inconsistency as they prepare to play Tuesday night in Lexington, Ky.”I don’t know, I wish I had the answer to it,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said of the inconsistency. “We know we are capable. We’ve got a chance to win at the end of the game even if we don’t play great. And we have our chances.”Most of our breakdowns come down on the defensive end. And I’m spending a lot of time on it and we are working on it. Thank goodness we have time. We’ve got a tough schedule. Our league is really good.”The Wildcats won four of their first five conference games but have lost three of their last five and four of six contests overall after the loss to Gonzaga.”Nothing has changed in my mind with this team,” Calipari said. “We have the ability to do what we want. We are just going to have to do it together.”The Wildcats, who were ranked as high as No. 6 in the AP poll earlier in the season, have fallen behind four teams in the conference standings and are tied with two other four-loss teams.