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“We’re playing an opponent, Southern Illinois, (that) brings back their four leading scorers,” Calipari said. “They’ve got inside players that can really play. They shoot the ball well. A team that can beat us if we don’t play harder than they play, we lose and we move on to the next game.”
Although Tuesday’s loss to Duke brought an end to two season-opening streaks — the Wildcats had won nine straight regular-season openers under John Calipari and Calipari had a 14-game streak going back to his time at Memphis — Kentucky still has a home opener streak intact. The Wildcats have won nine straight games — all nine of Calipari’s home openers — in their first game of the season at Rupp Arena.
UK is 101-14 all-time in home openers, including a 38-3 mark in Rupp Arena. The last time UK lost a home opener was a 111-103 loss to VMI on Nov. 14, 2008.
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