The Kentucky Wildcats fell to the Auburn Tigers, 77-71.
PJ Washington’s final game as a Wildcat ends with him carrying the team on his back, putting up 28 points.
The big story of the game is the UK guards and how the could not guard or contain Bryce Brown or Jared Harper to save their lives. Ashton Hagans and Tyler Herro were non-existent on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
I would also like to add that Kentucky missed nine free throws and shot 12/21 from the line. They lost by six. You do the math.
However, thank you to this bunch of Wildcats for the great memories this season. And thank you to Reid Travis who took a chance on coming to Kentucky for his final season and captured the hearts of the BBN. We’ll see you in October as we get prepared for what should be another season.
Here’s what social media had to say:
Heartbreaker. Our guys gave it everything today and this season. pic.twitter.com/97gfh2hbEy— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 31, 2019
Tough loss. For 2nd straight year it was there for the taking, and the Cats couldn’t grab it— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 31, 2019
This one will sting
We’re just as upset as anyone out there. Unlike a lot of schools we have every year to be excited about basketball. No, it didn’t turn out... but there is next year and will always be a next year because we are the greatest tradition in college basketball. We are Kentucky.— Shop Local Kentucky (@ShopLocalKy) March 31, 2019
Seeing Reid Travis holding back tears was tough....one game from a Final Four in home town— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 31, 2019
It was great having him on the team
I love my team no matter what.— BIG BLUE NATION #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 31, 2019
This was a special group and although it didn’t end the way we wanted, they got a hell of a lot to be proud of.
Unbelievable. Auburn has the Kemba Walker March feel that just seems to happen to certain teams. A squad that was average at best just over a month ago, avenges a 27 point loss, and improves to their first final four ever. This is March. Wow.— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) March 31, 2019
Heck of a year. Thank you @KentuckyMBB— Hey Kentucky! (@hey_kentucky) March 31, 2019
Our guards didn’t wanna be there. Clear as day— Tanner Manley (@_tanley) March 31, 2019
I’m never watching basketball again— Madison Wyatt (@madisonwy_) March 31, 2019
I blame the Okeke banner, you’re just asking for bad karma.— Brent Wainscott (@BrentW_KSR) March 31, 2019
This was a special season and John Calipari is a hell of a coach and I don’t want anyone to forget that. Auburn won this for their fallen teammate. They wanted it more.— Evan Hatter (@ehatt493) March 31, 2019
Nine points left at the free throw line. A wide open shot, fifteen feet away, where you have time to gather yourself and go through a routine. And you’ve missed nine of them.— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) March 31, 2019
Kentucky missed too many Free Throws— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 31, 2019
Hagans had 7 Turnovers
Hagans/Herro could not stay in front of their men all night...Auburn’s Guards were just better
Herro was 3-11....in a game like this, that crushes UK
A bunch of bad things all hit at once
Auburn has 10 steals and 7 blocks today. Just wrecked Kentucky's offense in the second half.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 31, 2019
You’re right. Kentucky should fire Calipari and hire 30 year old John Wooden. https://t.co/BSd0qft1QP— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) March 31, 2019
Remember folks, it’s not about wins and losses.— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) March 31, 2019
It’s about ending generational poverty.
Please remember to keep your tweets and comments classy towards the players. Thank you.— Maci Morris (@Maci4Mo) March 31, 2019
This might be a good week to take a vacation from Twitter.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) March 31, 2019
Hated the game. Loved this team.— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 31, 2019
Missed free throws. Turnovers. And bad guard play.— Big Blue Nation (@BigB1ue9ation) March 31, 2019
Shoutout PJ for an unbelievable game. Really kept us in it.
I need cal to explain why quickely was on the bench. He has too.— will_edwards1 (@will_edwards1) March 31, 2019
To Reid Travis,— BIG BLUE NATION #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 31, 2019
Words can’t describe what you meant to us this year. Your leadership on and off the court was unbelievable. Your professionalism and drive to win was unmatched.
BBN will always love you and I can promise you that. Excited for what’s ahead.
WrestleMania better be freaking awesome now— Hank Wiseman The World (@TheHankWiseman) March 31, 2019
Kentucky’s been to 7 Elite Eights, 4 Final Fours, 2 National Championship Games, winning one of them in 10 years under John Calipari. It really doesn’t get better than this. Is he perfect? No, but the louder parts of the fanbase need to calm down.— Evan Hatter (@ehatt493) March 31, 2019
“Proud of these guys. Proud of my team. We didn’t play particularly well but credit to them for making us play that way.” - @UKCoachCalipari— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 31, 2019
Postgame presser: https://t.co/iAvrnnsunJ
But hey, at least Duke lost in gut-wrenching fashion. That was the pick me up all of Big Blur Nation needed.
Duke lost. pic.twitter.com/1RsGkNbZAi— A Sea of Blue (@ASeaOfBlue) March 31, 2019
live look at all the Calipari bashers after Duke’s team of the century doesn’t make even a final four... pic.twitter.com/wojEGFBrOf— ThrowboyTees (@ThrowboyTees) March 31, 2019
“What is: Duke University?”#JeopardySports #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ivDIy7VtJR— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) March 31, 2019
Let’s see those Coach K tweets @DanWolken pic.twitter.com/mp4li05zFq— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) March 31, 2019
Goins hitting the three to put away Duke pic.twitter.com/aGjzEp6pDT— The Quarters East Lansing (@QuartersEL) March 31, 2019
Duke looking like pic.twitter.com/Qd7KpNnnAM— 1 funny ass black guy (@1_Fabg) March 31, 2019
Coach K is a real good guy. Took all of the heat off Calipari by not even making the Final Four with one of the all-time great players and three other first-round picks.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) March 31, 2019
What a guy.
Coach K is probably the best coach in College Basketball history— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 31, 2019
He just lost with the #1, #2 and #4 picks to a team with almost no NBA players
It happens. It’s why College Basketball is great
Four straight years of no Final Fours for Coach K. This wasn't his worst tourney stinkbomb but it’s definitely worthy of top-five consideration. https://t.co/Fj46bgmVvp— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) March 31, 2019
NO. 67-68 https://t.co/LCKD7TBBTU— Did Duke Win? (@diddukewin) March 31, 2019
Mike Krzyzewski had the most talented team in America (by a good margin) and almost lost in the second and third rounds and then failed to make the Final Four with them. If you're going to crap on John Calipari for underachieving, rack up K too.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 31, 2019