The Kentucky Wildcats lost their third game against the Tennessee Volunteers, 82-78.
PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson both had a big games scoring the basketball. PJ had 16 points and 5 boards and Keldon finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. All of Kentucky’s starters scored in double figures.
EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards both had good games and got some extra playing time with PJ Washington and Reid Travis being in foul trouble for a lot of the game. And Ashton Hagans quietly had a big double-double scoring 10 points to go with 12 assists.
With the loss, the Wildcats will be watching Selection Sunday in Lexington waiting to see their fate for the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s what social media had to say about the game:
Epic game. We tip our hats to Tennessee. We'll keep our heads up and look forward to #SelectionSunday pic.twitter.com/k0CSPxbsqE— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 16, 2019
Lord give me the strength to deal with these refs today. pic.twitter.com/hToSXFyuFw— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Heck of a game. That's exactly what the rubber match should have looked like.— Jamie Boggs (@jamiewboggs) March 16, 2019
Pick and pop from Nick Richards. Be still my heart. pic.twitter.com/PfTw90VBEE— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Tremendous balance by Kentucky today: Four guys with 10, another with 8, one with 7 and one with 6.— rickbozich (@rickbozich) March 16, 2019
Ashton Hagans has 11 Assists— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 16, 2019
FINAL SCORE:— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) March 16, 2019
Swallow Hard. The Collapse In Nashville.
Cats Made Critical Mistakes & Missed FTs Down The Stretch, But Give Vols Credit For 3 Long Missles When They Counted Most.
However . . .
There Will Be A Fourth Game In This UK-UT Series In NCAAs.
Keldon Johnson PUNCHES it! pic.twitter.com/KBH9CUUnxb— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Keldon Johnson to Wildcat : "I'm a grown man."— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 16, 2019
Yes you are, KJ. Yes you are. pic.twitter.com/wju5OBEOVe
PJ Washington has 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block in 13 minutes today. Strong effort by Kentucky to hang around the entire first half with him sitting the final 14 minutes in foul trouble. Cats by five, 7:06 to play.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 16, 2019
PJ Washington with a man two hand slam. pic.twitter.com/x3jwhuVwDK— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Update: Brad Swag pic.twitter.com/KrmM6TkXbV— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) March 16, 2019
UK scored 1.22 points/possession today, Tennessee scored 1.28. This was UK's 2nd worst PPP defensive game of the season after the Duke game.— Brian Evans (@KSRBEvans) March 16, 2019
Even with the officiating, Kentucky has to find a way to win a game when they have an 8-point lead with 3 minutes to go.— Anthony Wireman (@awireman) March 16, 2019
If the NCAA Tournament committee really is about giving No. 1 seeds to the four best teams in college basketball, then Tennessee and Kentucky should both get one. Especially since UK has a head to head win against UNC and Tennessee beat Gonzaga— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 16, 2019
PJ Washington monster jam. pic.twitter.com/5rY9TneIfE— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Broadway in Nashville may not have enough bourbon tonight.— Darrell Bird (@DarrellBird) March 16, 2019
Williams had the charge drawn, cracked his head on floor by accentuating the flop action. #smh— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 16, 2019
Ashton Hagans right down Broadway. pic.twitter.com/uhZmF2O6U3— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 16, 2019
Duke-UNC and UK-Tennessee the last two nights are almost certain to be better games than we will get in the Final 4— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 16, 2019
Game ball to Doug Shows. https://t.co/g1UfNQLemv— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) March 16, 2019
“Keep their heads up and keep fighting. We have another tournament next weekend.” - @PJWashington on what he told his teammates after the game— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 16, 2019
March 16, 2019
Y’all remember the last time UK didn’t win the SEC tournament? We made it to the NCAA championship game. I like our team. That loss will push them in the tournament.— Nick Morris (@UKfanNickMorris) March 16, 2019
Just a friendly reminder: 2 of UK’s last 3 NCAA titles included upset losses in SEC Tourney final game. ‘96 champs were upset by Miss. State & ‘12 champs were upset by Vanderbilt. Just don’t go anywhere near the Kentucky River bridge 2night. There’s another day(s) to fight. #BBN— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) March 16, 2019
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