Kentucky basketball continues to struggle mightily this season, as they drop their ninth loss of the year at Georgia by a score of 63-62. It was the first defeat to the Bulldogs in the last 14 matchups.
What went wrong? Well basically everything, especially down the stretch. UK held a 62-56 lead with 1:49 to go, then gave up a 7-0 run that included a made layup off an inbounds pass by UGA forward PJ Horne with three seconds to go which gave the Dawgs the one-point victory. Horne toughed his way through four blue jerseys to get a good look at the basket for a game-winning shot.
And that was really the story of the whole game — UK played lackadaisical throughout and allowed Georgia to capitalize on every loose ball. The Cats finished with 17 turnovers in which they gave up 25 points on including 20 from fast breaks. Freshman guard Devin Askew maybe had his worst outing as a UK player, as he finished 0/6 from the floor and had five turnovers.
“The kids are respectful. They listen, they just don’t hear,” Calipari said after the game when asked about the team effort and execution.
Speaking of the second e-word in that sentence, they were once again abysmal offensively. As a team, Kentucky shot 1/13 from the three-point line and had just 11 assists and five fast break points. Freshman forward BJ Boston had his best game in a month, as he led the team with 18 points on 9/17 shooting from the floor and seven rebounds. Outside of his confident outing, UK looked inept in terms of creating off the dribble and finishing through contact.
Simply put, nobody has been consistent for Kentucky this season, and that has really frustrated the UK coaching staff.
“I told the staff I’d like to be playing six or seven guys right now and that’s it,” Calipari said. “The problem is, who would they be?”
4-9 is not a record in which speaks “NCAA Tournament berth,” and with how the Cats are playing right now…they might just be playing to find some momentum going into next season.