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Published Sep. 28, 2005

KENTUCKY: Guard Keith Bogans hears what people are saying about the Wildcats, the winningest program in college basketball history.

They're soft in the middle. They can't shoot from the outside. They can't make big plays in the final minutes to win. They don't have the talent or the intensity of Kentucky teams of old.

Despite the doom-and-gloom criticism, Bogans believes it's too early to write off the Wildcats (5-5).

"We haven't played as well as most people think we should, but we've got a lot of young guys trying to get used to playing at this level," said Bogans, a sophomore who leads the team in scoring at 18 points a game. "We're getting there, it's just going to take time. And when we do get there, I don't think there's too many teams that will want to play us."

Kentucky fans usually talk about rankings and national title runs. Instead, many have been frustrated as the Wildcats dropped several games they were in position to win and tumbled out of the Top 25 for the second straight season.

Already this season, Kentucky has fallen to St. John's, UCLA, Penn State, Georgia Tech and Michigan State. However, those losses have come by a total of 14 points.