The Kentucky Wildcats suffer a HORRIFIC loss to South Carolina. To make matters worse, it was on a banked in three at the buzzer after Immanuel Quickley had just tied up the game.
Kentucky led by as many as 15 in the game and just preceded to blow the game and allow over 50 points in the second half to a South Carolina team that ranks 340th or worse in three-point shooting and free-throw shooting. Kentucky allowed 56 points in the second half to South Carolina. South Carolina had score less than that in two out of the past three games.
To add on to the horrific game by the Cats, it was also a horrific game by the officials as well. There were over 50 foul calls in the game, many of them being questionable and sometimes just flat-out wrong.
Basketball is dumb, but this is still a really, really bad loss by Kentucky.
Here is what social media had to say:
With 11:41 to go, Kentucky had a 95.6% chance of winning. Pathetic second half performance. pic.twitter.com/y38uqR87ba— Evan Hatter (@ehatt493) January 16, 2020
This is a really bad loss— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 16, 2020
Complete collapse down the stretch against a team that isn’t good at all
South Carolina scored as many points in the second half (56) as it did for the entire game in losses to Stetson, Houston, Tennessee and Wichita State.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 16, 2020
Absolutely terrible loss for UK, which has now lost to KenPom No. 105, 109 and 248. No complaints allowed on Selection Sunday.
That finish was on-brand.— Brent Rainscott (@BrentWainscott_) January 16, 2020
Every damn year it's something that doesn't make any goddamn sense at South Carolina— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 16, 2020
Please God start holding these refs accountable. Make them available for questions after games, suspend them, SOMETHING. They are horrible across the board.— Megan ★ Jameson (@megan_jameson) January 16, 2020
I hate basketball.— Things #BBN Likes (@ThingsBBNLikes) January 16, 2020
Full sequence to end UK/South Carolina game: pic.twitter.com/NyEZ08I254
We have officially reached the point John Calipari deserves all the criticism he gets. Stinks, but that's just how it is now.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) January 16, 2020
That is Kentucky's second straight trip to South Carolina where they've blown a 14-point second half lead. The Wildcats drop to 4-4 under John Calipari at Colonial Life Arena.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 16, 2020
46 fouls called in 35 minutes of basketball.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) January 16, 2020
Over the past ten seasons, Kentucky has to lead the country in losing games at the buzzer, right?— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) January 16, 2020
Cal: Two guys two for 13, and you're trying to get more minutes. (Talking about Whitney and Brooks?)— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) January 16, 2020
Cal: South Carolina deserved to win. It would have been a shame (for UK to win).— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) January 16, 2020
These three officials should never work together again. Worst combo I’ve ever seen.— Round Daddy (@JStreble82) January 16, 2020
South Carolina had 4.9 seconds to get off a shot.— Big Blue Nation (@BigBlue9ation) January 16, 2020
They went all the way to the three point line in about 4 seconds flat, with zero defense or press from UK. Cats will learn from this.
Kentucky gave up five and-1 plays to South Carolina in the final eleven minutes. The Gamecocks converted four of them.— Jason Ence (@jasonuk17) January 16, 2020
Kentucky also made only six shots in final twelve minutes of the game, two of which were back-to-back 3s from Maxey, and Quickley's two in last minute. #BBN
This is John Calipari's fourth loss in Columbia, S.C.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 16, 2020
Cats fell there in 2010, 2014, 2018 and now 2020.
South Carolina was ranked 121st in the NET rankings coming into tonight's game. This is Kentucky's second Quadrant 2 loss (USC, Utah). They also have a Quadrant 3 loss to Evansville. May be a steep disconnect between UK's AP/Coaches ranking and seed at this rate.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) January 16, 2020
55 fouls in 40 mins was just what S.C. needed to pull the upset. Ultimate rock fight. https://t.co/cdf6e7jFtP— Travis Graf (@Trav_Graf) January 16, 2020
Final | South Carolina 81, Kentucky 78— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) January 16, 2020
Nick Richards: 15 pts, 7 reb, 4 blk
Ashton Hagans: 13 pts, 4 reb, 7 ast
Immanuel Quickley: 20 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast
Tyrese Maxey: 13 pts
Nate Sestina: 7 pts, 4 reb
EJ Montgomery: 6 pts, 5 reb
Kahlil Whitney: 2 pts
Johnny Juzang: 2 pts