John Calipari warned fans Kentucky basketball's schedule might be too difficult for a young team.
After watching the Wildcats fall 76-64 to Richmond in their first significant test of the season, Big Blue Nation likely agrees with him.
Kentucky led by six points just more than a minute into the second half before Richmond, which received votes in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll, took control of the game with a 10-0 run. The Spiders stretched their lead to double digits with 7:43 remaining and did not let Kentucky pull closer than eight points down the stretch.
Brandon Boston led Kentucky with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Olivier Sarr recorded his first UK double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Clarke added 15 points.
Kentucky shot just 30.6% from the field in the second half with 11 turnovers. After shooting just 28.6% in the first half, Richmond hit 59.4% of its shots and 5 of 13 3-pointers in the second half to take control of the game.
Oliver Sarr needs help
Kentucky controlled most of the first half thanks to stellar performances from Boston and Sarr.
Sarr was particularly effective, showing a wide range of post moves that Richmond had no answer for. He finished the half with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with seven rebounds.
The senior forward was unable to find much of a breather though as freshman forward Lance Ware picked up two fouls less than a minute after checking in for him.