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Forgettable First Half Too Much For Kentucky to Overcome

It was an out of sorts afternoon for Coach Cal and the Cats in Missouri.
Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics

The road is tough for everyone in SEC play this year and this was the case for Kentucky as they fell 69-60 to Missouri. The first 20 minutes were brutally cold from a shooting standpoint for the Cats as they shot 20% (6 for 30) from the field and 6 for 11 from the line. Scoring a point a minute wasn’t in the cards as Kentucky headed to the locker room only managing to score 18 points and staring at a 10-point deficit.

Missouri’s 11 second chance points hurt Kentucky. That doesn’t seem like a whole lot, Kentucky had 11 second chance points themselves, but the timing of them was deflating to Kentucky at times. Twenty-five or 30 seconds of solid defense went by the boards when the Tigers were able to hit the offensive glass and get timely buckets.

Missouri also connected on seven three-point shots to Kentucky’s two.

Kevin Knox only took six shots for the game.

Double-digit deficits finally caught up with Kentucky. The road rally at West Virginia and the heroics at home against Vanderbilt could not be replicated at Missouri. The comeback, they did cut the lead to one in the second half, was sabotaged by the Cats shooting 31.3% from the field and 10% from deep. Hard to beat anyone when shots are missed at that kind of clip.

The only thing to do now is look to bounce back versus a good Tennessee team on Tuesday night.

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