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SIU Coach Barry Hinson Preaches Patience to Big Blue Nation


The Kentucky Wildcats flirted with disaster for the second game in a row, but a second half run helped them come away with a 71-59 victory vs. Southern Illinois at Rupp Arena.


The Saluki’s, coached by Barry Hinson, led the Wildcats 44-37 in the second half. Coach Hinson was proud of the effort his team gave in the loss, but he also delivered a message for Kentucky fans.



“Now, Big Blue Nation, I’m going to talk to you for a second,” said Hinson. “You need to read the book of Job. You need to have a little bit of patience…Rome wasn’t built in a day.”


Following the 118-84 loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Kentucky fans started to hit the panic button. Nobody saw what happened in Indianapolis coming, not even John Calipari, but November is a long way from March. Hinson believes Kentucky fans will be happy with what they see in the spring.


“It takes time, so back off and let these guys go through the maturation process. Let Coach Calipari do what he does best and by March, you’re going to have something on the floor that you’re really proud of.


You can listen to his full message below.


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Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where he earned a degree in elementary education. He currently resides in Middlesboro, Kentucky and is a credentialed media member at the University of Kentucky. Smith founded and published Go Big Blue Country in November 2016. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @gbbcountry or reach him via email at

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