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Sport John Clay: Did Kentucky basketball hit the wall against Tennessee, or was it a bump in the road?

06:10  05 march  2020
06:10  05 march  2020 Source:   latimes.com

No. 13 Auburn rallies past Vols; fan tossed for derogatory comment

  No. 13 Auburn rallies past Vols; fan tossed for derogatory comment No. 13 Auburn rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Tennessee 73-66 on Saturday, a game marred by an ugly incident involving a fan. A student was ejected from the game after directing a derogatory comment toward Tennessee's Santiago Vescovi and will face a disciplinary hearing, an Auburn official said. The fan was overheard on TV calling out, ''Go back to Uruguay! This is America!''BOX SCORE: NO. 13 AUBURN 73, TENNESSEE 66Auburn stopped a two-game skid.

Tennessee basketball came back from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat No. 6 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Tennessee 's John Fulkerson (10) greets fans after Tennessee defeated Kentucky 81-73 in an He said I’ll think about it , but in the mean time, the best thing you can do is beat the Wildcats.

The Kentucky Wildcats lost to the Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC college basketball game at Rupp Arena. UK blew a 17-point lead in the second Center John Fulkerson finished with a career-high 27 points. Freshman Josiah-Jordan James, who did not play in UT’s 77-64 loss to UK in Knoxville earlier

LEXINGTON, Ky. — That thud you may have heard late Tuesday night around High Street came from approximately 20,000 jaws collectively hitting the Rupp Arena floor.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey (3) puts up a shot against against Tennessee's Josiah-Jordan James (5) at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. © Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/TNS Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey (3) puts up a shot against against Tennessee's Josiah-Jordan James (5) at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Up 17 points in the second half, Kentucky lost to Tennessee 81-73. Perhaps you’ve heard. It was not the preferred way to close out the home season. The visiting Vols outscored UK 50-25 over the final 17 minutes. They shot 52.8% from the floor. They crushed the Cats on the boards over the final 20 minutes.

John Clay: March is nearly here, so how good is this Kentucky basketball team?

  John Clay: March is nearly here, so how good is this Kentucky basketball team? COLLEGE STATION, Texas - I don't know about you, but I'm ready for March. Bring on college basketball's postseason. Right here, right now. Never mind the three games remaining on Kentucky's regular-season schedule. Hard games, cautions UK Coach John Calipari. We know. They're all hard games. Still, bring on Selection Sunday. That's what ultimately matters, right? Everyone's playing for March, Still, bring on Selection Sunday. That’s what ultimately matters, right? Everyone’s playing for March, which as it happens starts Sunday. March matters. The NCAA Tournament matters. It’s the only thing that matters.

Did John Calipari’s young team get caught looking ahead? The Cats can’t let what happened 3. A simple bump in the road or a more worrisome pothole? Maybe it ’s because Calipari is a huge The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 67-53 in a college basketball game at

Tennessee basketball at Kentucky in photos. Tennessee 's John Fulkerson (10) greets fans after Tennessee defeated Kentucky 81-73 in an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday He also said Tennessee would need a draw in the SEC Tournament that would give it chances for marquee wins.

Ultimately, for the first time in the John Calipari era, Kentucky lost a game it led by double digits at halftime — 42-31 in this case. Cal’s previous UK record in such circumstances: 144-0.

“We just didn’t bring it,” lamented guard Immanuel Quickley afterward.

Obvious question: Why not? Obvious theory: A letdown, considering the Cats had clinched the SEC regular-season title and No. 1 seed in next week’s league tournament. Popular theory: After playing with fire, UK was burned by the bad habit of allowing comfortable leads to become tight finishes.

Better question: What did the not-so-Super Tuesday mean for the future? The postseason is close at hand, after all. Was the loss to Tennessee a one-off, a lesson the Cats needed before March matters? Or was it a scary sign of things to come?

No. 8 Kentucky tops No. 15 Auburn 73-66 to clinch SEC title

  No. 8 Kentucky tops No. 15 Auburn 73-66 to clinch SEC title No. 8 Kentucky held off No. 15 Auburn to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with a 73-66 victory Saturday. The Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) entered with a two-game lead on the second-place Tigers (24-5, 11-5) but had to overcome a 20-11 deficit before responding with the 20-3 spurt over 5:47 and eventually build an eight-point advantage. Auburn fought back to within 53-50 early in the second half, but Kentucky stayed ahead in a foul-plagued half by making 14 free throws down the stretch. That included seven by Quickley, who made all 11 from the line.BOX SCORE: NO. 8 KENTUCKY 73, NO.

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari said his team "got manhandled" during a loss to the Tennessee Volunteers. Volunteers forward John Fulkerson scored a career-high 27 points in the win. Yves Pons hit several clutch jump shots down the stretch to cap off the comeback.

What Kentucky did much better than it did in the overtime loss at Texas A&M on Saturday was keep Alabama off the offensive glass. The Aggies rebounded 40 percent of their misses, continuing a trend matched by Florida and South Carolina. Alabama grabbed just six offensive rebounds compared to 26

I cast my ballot for the former. After all, Tennessee Coach Rick Barnes is now 7-5 versus John Calipari at UK. Barnes knows his old friend Cal better than most coaches. And while roller-coaster riding this season, the Volunteers are 9-8 in the SEC with back-to-back wins over Florida and the Cats.

That said, I do have a couple of concerns. One is in the middle. The other is at the point. You know, Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans, the junior center and sophomore point guard seen exchanging words in a fit of frustration Tuesday as Kentucky’s lead slipped into the darkness.

As so often happens, Richards hasn’t quite been the same player since the school launched its “Pick Nick” postseason awards campaign. It’s probably a coincidence, but the 7-footer is averaging just 9.8 points and six rebounds over his last four games. He had 12 points and nine rebounds against Tennessee, but just one offensive rebound, while at the other end of the floor Vols center John Fulkerson was scoring a career-high 27 points.

Tennessee State Prison where 'The Green Mile' and 'Walk the Line' were filmed was severely damaged by tornado

  Tennessee State Prison where 'The Green Mile' and 'Walk the Line' were filmed was severely damaged by tornado A prison where scenes from "The Green Mile" and the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" were filmed was torn apart as a tornado ripped through Tennessee. © Tennessee Department of Correction/Facebook The Tennessee State Prison, just west of Nashville, suffered extensive damage Tuesday, according to the state's department of corrections. A 40-yard section of a stone wall and several power poles were knocked down. Piles of brick walls filled the prison's courtyard but no people were wounded, Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker said in a video posted online.

John Clay . Come on, Kentucky basketball fans, you’re better than that. Kentucky beat Wichita State 65-62 the Sunday before. In 2015, it beat Notre Dame 68-66 in the Midwest Region finals. ▪ The road to the Kentucky Derby is hitting the stretch. Saturday brings us the Florida Derby and the

For Kentucky football, it ’s six games down, six to go. And, to be honest, some of the remaining half-dozen opponents on the Big Blue schedule don’t look quite as scary as they once did . After its off week, Mark Stoops’ club returns to action Saturday night against visiting Mississippi State in the first of a

Meanwhile, Hagans has made just six of 23 shots over his last two games. I know, Calipari said Hagans’ 2-for-13 afternoon in the win over Auburn last Saturday was no big deal considering the other areas in which Hagans made essential contributions. But over his last four games, his assist-to-turnover ratio is 20-to-15. Tuesday night, he committed a key turnover with 40 seconds remaining.

“If we don’t play physical, we’re not going to win,” said Calipari. “Second thing is, this team is tied to each other. When one or two guys don’t play well, it affects everybody.”

It says here the Cats will bounce back. Even if it meant nothing in the standings — NCAA seeds notwithstanding — Tuesday had to be a shock to the system. The Cats had won eight straight. They had climbed to No. 6 in the rankings. Coaches like Barnes and Auburn’s Bruce Pearl were making the case UK was “undervalued” as a national championship contender. “I still believe that,” Barnes reiterated Tuesday.

Besides, history says this has happened before. Last year’s team lost by 19 at Tennessee on March 2 and still made the Elite Eight. The 2018 team lost at Florida by 13 in March and reached the Sweet 16. The 2014 team lost by 19 at Florida in the regular-season finale and, after a “tweak” or two, reached the national title game. The 2012 team did not let a loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament finals keep it from winning the NCAA Tournament.

Not saying that’s going to happen this year, but, seriously, who knows in this mixed-up college basketball season? More surprises are surely in store.

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NEXT GAME

No. 6 Kentucky at Florida

1 p.m. Saturday

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March without Madness a fitting end to drama-filled Kentucky season .
The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament served as fitting punctuation on a Kentucky season that conditioned fans to expect the unexpected. For example: - No. 1 UK's November loss to Evansville, which subsequently ended its season with a 19-game losing streak. By then, its coach, former UK player Walter McCarty, had long since been fired. - The abrupt departure of freshman Kahlil Whitney for parts unknown.— Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner saying he could see John Calipari someday running for president of the United States.

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