The Kentucky Wildcats suffer their first loss of SEC play in a bad loss down in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It was a pretty terrible game all around, with nothing going the Wildcats’ way. Alabama had their best shooting game of the season (of course) and Kentucky could not buy a basket in the second half.
Reid Travis played his worst game as a wildcat, struggling all game against Alabama’s athletic bigs while committing five turnovers.
Despite Kentucky’s comeback effort, it fell short after Tyler Herro missed a three at the buzzer, and the Wildcats fell 77-75 to the Crimson Tide.
Here’s what social media had to say:
Tough start to league play. The good news is we have 17 other opportunities starting with Tuesday's game at home. pic.twitter.com/Rh0zPNnV7U— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 5, 2019
FINAL: Alabama 77, Kentucky 75.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 5, 2019
Hagans gets it to Herro for a winning try, off balance and contested. No good.
Lotta good in clawing back from down 11 in the final three minutes, but a lot of bad in landing in that position in the first place.
Herro had the look....— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 5, 2019
Nice comeback but that’s not a good loss with what is ahead
The refs everytime Kentucky went inside. pic.twitter.com/kstQRmSSco— BBN (@WhtTm__Wildcats) January 5, 2019
On the finish to the game, “We need to play that way for all 40 minutes. We need to know the game plan and focus on what we need to do to get wins,” @PJWashington pic.twitter.com/lEFssTqdVc— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 5, 2019
.@UKCoachCalipari says the difference in the game was the start to the second half and easy misses around the basket.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 5, 2019
“We missed, I’m guessing, 10 layups.” - Cal
Calipari says no students on campus and a bunch of fans gone to national title game in football "and the place was packed [mostly]. Where did these people come from?"— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 5, 2019
Conference play is going to be a long couple of months— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) January 5, 2019
Kentucky in SEC road games pic.twitter.com/CBBjLuAozd— Ben Mattingly (@ben_mattingly) January 5, 2019
This was a recipe for disaster. An Alabama team who lost to northeastern and Georgia state drills everything today while Kentucky misses everything. Also SEC officials are the worst at their job and that’s a fact.— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) January 5, 2019
Keldon Johnson needs to have more than 9 shots this game— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) January 5, 2019
Keldon Johnson, UK’s leading scorer for the season, scored 13 points and has reached double figures in all but one game this season. He also added game-high-tying seven boards, a career-high four assists and a career-high-tying three steals— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) January 5, 2019
Calipari: "We didn't deserve to win the game. We didn't have any business winning that game. We just sort of clawed and gave ourselves a chance."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 5, 2019
Cal says they broke down early and allowed Mack to get going and get “beer muscles.”— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 5, 2019
“It started because of how we played. He played well.”
Kentucky didn’t deserve to win today, I consider this the first true road test and we lost. Louisville is an hour away and still had plenty of blue in the Yum Center. Still, not an excuse. #BBN— KY Insider (@ky_insider) January 5, 2019
EJ took a lot of questionable jumpers today. We didn’t really have anything going from the perimeter. Reid played his worst game so far in a Kentucky uniform.— Logan Kirby (@KirbyTakes) January 5, 2019
And we lose by 1 point to a 9-3 SEC team on the road. The sky is not falling y’all. It is a process, we are fine. #BBN
Kentucky is now 5-8 (.385) in SEC road games decided by 3 points or less in the John Calipari era— Corey Price (@coreyp08) January 5, 2019
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