Last night was brutal all the way around. The game started at 6:30, maybe the worst time other than 11, Kentucky blew a huge lead, the refs were awful, and then Kentucky lost on a banked-in three at the buzzer.
Because of course that’s the way the game ends.
This loss was absolutely terrible. If South Carolina lost, they would’ve dropped to 0-3 in the SEC and 8-8 overall. If Kentucky won tonight, they improve to 4-0 in conference and 13-3 overall, they have a ton of momentum, and jump a few spots in the rankings.
But no. They go to Columbia and put on a sh** show and lose in a terrible way.
Enough yapping, let’s look at what went wrong.
Kentucky’s defense allowed 56 points in the second half
South Carolina is absolutely terrible. Hell, they lost to Stetson three games ago and they dropped 56 points in one half on a top ten team?
The first half went fine, in fact, I thought Carolina was lucky to be down only eight. They’re shooting 43% from the field and only 27% from three.
Haven’t we seen this a lot this year?. Kentucky got up big early in the second half and then blew the lead and stalled.
The Gamecocks scored 60 points only once in the last three games, then drop 56 in one half against Kentucky and 81 for the game.
Kentucky really only has four guys
Those guys are Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, and Immanuel Quickley.
Those guys combined for 61 points. Yeah, that’s pretty good, but when the rest of the team combines for 17 points on 6-23 shooting, you aren’t going to beat many teams.
Combine that with UK’s defensive effort (we’ll get to that) you aren’t going to beat many teams and aren’t going anywhere in the tournament.
South Carolina out-rebounded Kentucky 43-41, which cannot happen. That is simply just effort.
Nick Richards and Keion Brooks led the way with seven rebounds apiece. Immauel Quickley had six, EJ Montgomery had five, and Ashton Hagans and Nate Sestina had four apiece.
South Carolina had ten more offensive rebounds than Kentucky (20-10).
If it wasn’t for this man, Kentucky would’ve been crushed.
Clutch free throws down the stretch, a couple big three’s, and the tying bucket.
Quickley had 20 points and six rebounds.
He’s averaging 19 points and has hit 16 three-pointers in the last five games.
I also think he was crying after the loss. After all he did they bank in a three right in his face to win.
John Calipari hasn’t had a lot of success with officials in Columbia. He’s been ejected twice down there and there have been plenty of terrible calls.
Last night was no different.
Early in the game, Pat Adams stopped the game to basically tell Cal to shut up. He also gave Cal a couple coaching box warnings. Which by the way is the dumbest rule in college sports and it’s funny how Cal gets warned multiple times every game.
Excuse me for a second. College refs this year have been terrible. They piss me off more than anything. Each year it gets worse and they have no consequences. I hate the three blind mice. They suck. They’re Terrible. Yeah, I could say a whole lot worse.
There were 56 fouls called. Read that and let it sink in. That’s awful. In what world do you sit there as someone associated with the league or the NCAA and accept that?
Kentucky is now 12-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC play. The Cats have a lot to work on and it showed. Maybe work on stepping on their throat and blowing them out when up big?
This happens every year and this year is no different. Kentucky will have a couple very frustrating SEC games that will leave us going insane. But, it’s not the end of the world. This team will be fine when it matters.
The Cats play Arkansas on Saturday.
That’s it. Thanks.