Thompson-Boling Troubles Continue, Rough Second Half Does Kentucky In

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Thompson-Boling Troubles Continue, Rough Second Half Does Kentucky In

Kentucky’s chances to snap a two game losing streak in Knoxville were greatly reduced once PJ Washington departed with cramps. Photo: Andrew Bishop,

The Kentucky Wildcats came into Knoxville looking to change the run of recent outcomes on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers. It turned out to be a replay of the same movie(s) that we’ve seen play out there before as Kentucky tasted SEC defeat for the first time, 76-65.

Kentucky played a solid first half and did some good things as they built a 37-29 halftime lead.

Wenyen Gabriel had the three ball working, he took three in the first half and hit all three of them.

P.J. Washington brought his lunch pail and went to work. He had 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting in the first 20 minutes of action. He has gotten very comfortable on that left low block area.

It looked like he just picked right up where he left off down in Baton Rouge against LSU.

The down side in the first half for Kentucky was that Kevin Knox was still struggling. Hamidou Diallo had a night to forget. He was never able to get close to get into any sort of rhythm due to foul trouble.

As soon as the second half got under way things took a turn. Tennessee reeled off four quick points to cut the lead to four. John Calipari immediately called a timeout to try to stem the tide.

We referenced Diallo’s foul trouble earlier. His second half began in the exact same fashion as his first.

Eight minutes into the second half Kentucky’s chances of winning were virtually KO’d when PJ Washington was sidelined due to cramps.

With Washington out of the lineup, Tennessee’s Grant Williams went to work inside and there wasn’t much the Cats could do about it. He scored 16 of his 18 in the second half.

Kentucky was out scored 47-28 (most lopsided deficit for a half under Cal) in the second half and lost for the third straight year in Knoxville, both dubious firsts for Coach Cal.

The good thing is that its only one game. There are things to fix and no doubt they will go about the business of fixing the issues.

Kentucky’s next chance to display more toughness will be Tuesday when Texas A & M, who is desperate for a win, comes to town.

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  1. […] SEC) run of tough, desperate opponents will continue Tuesday evening in Rupp Arena. After getting “out toughed” in Knoxville the Cats will welcome in a team that is every bit as tough and definitely more desperate when the […]

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