Unlike Vandy, who waited into the second half before doing anything, MSU has jumped all over Kentucky early. That is where their true test will come from. It's one thing to respond to a counterpunch, it's another to get jacked in the jaw right away.
And right now, they're not responding to that test very well. The three previous losses by MSU, which were unconscionable, may have lulled UK somewhat and lit a fire underneath the Bulldogs.
I still think UK can win but they are playing scared an letting the emotion of this game get to them. If they would calm down they do better IMO.
They're certainly capable of it, but honestly, they need to feel this. I'm not going to do that whole "need to lose" spin, but certainly they needed to get punched in the mouth in a road environment in order to learn how to fight back, or bare minimum realize they're not invincible. I certainly hope they come back, but they have to settle down and make better decisions, and that's hard for a young team in a very hostile environment.