The Kentucky Wildcats lose yet another game, their second loss of the season to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 70-59. After a good showing against LSU on Saturday, the bad version of the Wildcats reared its ugly head again, and the Wildcats could not crack 60 points, as has been a trend all season long.
Kentucky battled for most of the game, around 37 minutes or so, before another total collapse in the final minutes for the second straight week.
It’s apparent that Kentucky has no real closer on the team and has no way to close any team out In a back-and-forth scenario.
Olivier Sarr was the main focal point of the offense tonight, as was Davion Mintz, before Calipari stopped going with the lineup that had kept them in the game all night long. Missed shots and costly turnovers in the final minutes ruined any hopes for a win in this game, and the season as a whole.
Here is what Twitter had to say about Kentucky’s 10th loss of the season:
Battled all night but no moral victories here. On to Saturday. pic.twitter.com/asatE80n7b— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 27, 2021
Every offensive trip for Kentucky feels like the equivalent of converting a 3rd and long.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 27, 2021
Goodness, another meltdown.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 27, 2021
Total collapse the last 4 minutes— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 27, 2021
Calipari went away from the lineup that got us here and it leads to a loss
Kentucky just doesn't know how to close out games. Heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 27, 2021
In 3 of Alabama's last 4 games they've held their opponent to their lowest offensive rating of the season.— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) January 27, 2021
Kentucky has been held to 65 points or fewer in 10 of 15 games. They've unsurprisingly lost all 10 of those.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 27, 2021
Really struggling to envision a scenario right now where you'd feel confident they could consistently get to 70.
All game long the lineup of Mintz-Boston-Allen-Brooks-Sarr/Jackson gave Kentucky their best chance to win— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) January 27, 2021
And at the end of the game we go completely away from that for no obvious reason and the Offense collapses
Please turn off Dick Vitale's mic.— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) January 27, 2021
There, I said it.
Welcome to college basketball where a team can make 5 fgs in a half and win— Eric Murphy (@emurphy24) January 27, 2021
I feel for Kentucky. Played their guts out and the refs changed this with the fouls. Kentucky 22 fouls to Alabama’s 14.— SECSportstalk (@Sportstalk_SEC) January 27, 2021
Olivier Sarr trying to take a charge is so stupid. You’re 7 feet tall. Make a basketball play— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) January 27, 2021
Alabama on 10-0 run late. Auburn hit Kentucky with a 7-0 run to close. Cats can’t finish.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) January 27, 2021
Mintz is playing his heart out tonight! I love the effort!— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) January 27, 2021
Ok that's enough offensive fouls, thank you— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) January 27, 2021
UK plays one of their better games of the season and can’t even score 60 points. Disgusting. Goodnight.— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) January 27, 2021
Kentucky is now 5-10....— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 27, 2021
Next three games for the Cats;
number 5 Texas
number 12 Missouri
number 18 Tennessee
Wild thing about Kentucky to me is that John Calipari, who historically settles on a seven-man rotation around January 1 and doesn't get off of it, is still juggling lineups from game-to-game, half-to-half, minute-to-minute and still has no idea what works and what doesnt— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) January 27, 2021
Kentucky was a 9-point dog, right? So that layup mattered to a few people ...— Josh Moore (@JoshMooreHL) January 27, 2021
That is correct, Kentucky is 22-21 vs. AP Poll ranked opponents since the start of the 2015-2016 season.— Corey Price (@coreyp08) January 27, 2021
Kentucky went into the final media timeout with a 2-point lead, outscored 18-5 to close out the game.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 27, 2021
This team just can't close out games. Or score.
It was probably the case before tonight, but certainly now: SEC Tournament title or bust for Kentucky. And with zero reliable offense, hard to imagine this team ripping off 3-4 straight against decent opponents.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 27, 2021
Kentucky needs to finish in top four of SEC (get double bye in Nashville) to have any real hope of winning SEC Tournament.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) January 27, 2021
Right now they're tied for sixth.