It was an excellent first Saturday in 2021 for the Big Blue Nation. First, Mark Stoops and his Wildcats won their third consecutive bowl game over No. 23 NC State. The football Wildcats ended their 2020 season on a high note with a win over South Carolina and a bowl win was a bitter sweet moment as the program watched several members of the team play their last snap in Kentucky blue.
Then later Saturday afternoon, an in-state hero appears to have saved the Wildcats basketball season just eight games into the season. Dontaie Allen erupted for 20 of his 23 points in the second half and both overtimes as John Calipari’s Wildcats edged out Mississippi State in their first game of SEC play.
The last 367 days haven’t offered up many Saturdays where both Kentucky’s basketball and football teams came out on top. It appears 2021 has gotten off to a great start for the Big Blue Nation.
Tweet of the Day
Dontaie Allen is the last person to leave the floor at Humphrey Coliseum pic.twitter.com/h3mwbc2Ppc— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) January 3, 2021
Where does Allen’s performance rank in the history of regular season Kentucky basketball?
What a sensational game from start to finish.
Stoops ends another year with another win.
Very good news for the Wildcats offense.
Rest in peace to an absolute legend.
It was a great day indeed.
Big news for the Cats’ defense.
Insert Boomer Esiason on the call.
Could this linger into the postseason?
The SEC shows up big once again for bowl season.
Another coach plucked from the Saban coaching tree.