The Kentucky Wildcats may have beaten Davidson, but they lost one of the nation’s longest streaks in the process.
Entering tonight, UK had gone 1,047 straight games in which they hit a three-point shot. Tonight, they finish 0-of-6 from the field, ending a streak that spanned four decades. Wenyen Gabriel, who was UK’s hot shooter in St. Louis, attempted just one three in this game.
UK’s record during the 1,047-game streak was 807-240. That included three national championships and eight trips to the Final Four.
UK’s last game without a made three-pointer was against Seton Hall on Nov. 26, 1988. The Wildcats have bent the streak without breaking it a couple of times this season, including losses at home vs Florida and at Missouri.
It seemed like this streak was in serious danger of ending this season, but after UK’s hot-shooting SEC Tournament, it seemed like this streak would last another season, but alas, it died in Boise, Idaho.
Thankfully, the Cats’ season did not, as they managed to win an NCAA Tournament game without hitting a three-pointer, which is very hard to do. Unsurprisingly, this was a hard game for the young Cats to win over a veteran-heavy Davidson team.
Saying this, UK isn’t winning another game in this tournament without hitting a three-ball. If the highest seeds win out, the Cats will face the Arizona Wildcats, Virginia Cavaliers and Cincinnati Bearcats just to get to the Final Four.
UK can’t have goose eggs from deep against those teams to win.