The Kentucky Wildcats lose yet another game, this time on a road trip to Columbia, Missouri to drop their fifth conference game.
It was a pretty brutal game, again, offensively for the Wildcats, as they struggled to even score a basket, and faltered late in a close game down the stretch.
Kentucky just does not have a bucket-getter like they have had in the past, and it shows, plain and simple. They have no one to consistently rely, or multiple people to rely on.
It’s a clustered offense and a clustered roster and no true rotation. John Calipari has struggled this season with finding a rotation that he likes more than he has with any UK team, but that mostly falls on how the roster is constructed, as only few players he has on the roster fit the style of play that he would like to run.
But also, Kentucky and Calipari play an out-dated style of ball that features back-to-the-basket basketball, which is no longer the fad in the game of basketball.
With this loss, any hope of an NCAA Tournament at-large bid is over. if it wasn’t before, but a serious change will be needed by Calipari by the time next season starts. The only hope this team has is to make a miracle run through the SEC Tournament, if conference tourneys are even played amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is what Twitter had to say about Kentucky’s 11th loss of the season:
Please raise your hand if you feel you have been personally victimized by this year’s Kentucky basketball team. You may be entitled to compensation.— kassidy (@kass_stumbo) February 4, 2021
Someone needs to tell John Calipari he's not getting a No. 1 pick with this tank job.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) February 4, 2021
We’ll be fine come March. Everyone calm down. pic.twitter.com/Rc1EO2eKTF— Owen • KY Realtor® (@75toRupp) February 4, 2021
A reminder as you watch this Isaiah Jackson performance that he has not played more than 23 minutes in any game since Dec 6. That’s 11 games, and he only had foul trouble in 3 of them. Against Auburn he started, has zero fouls, and played 11 minutes— Hoops Insight (@HoopsInsight) February 4, 2021
We keep expecting the flip the switch. In reality, they’re just not capable of getting much better.— Larry Glover Live (@larrygloverlive) February 4, 2021
Devin Askew is complaining about every call or no call.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 4, 2021
Askew just gave up an open three to dribble in and take a wild contested two— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 4, 2021
Devin Askew with a bad shot, missed, and then (again) complaining to officials, T'd up. This team is just a mess.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 4, 2021
I am about to fall asleep watching this game— Ian Teasley (@ianteasley) February 4, 2021
Nobody loves committing inconsequential fouls 70 feet from the basket while in foul trouble more than Olivier Sarr.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) February 4, 2021
I hate every single thing about this team— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) February 4, 2021
It will never not be funny that Calipari recruited Askew simply to take a guy away from Louisville and he isn’t very good.— Chris Hatfield (@ChrisDHatfield) February 4, 2021
Going to timeout Pinson purposefully bumped into Askew. Askew immediately complained to the refs. Calipari used to have guys that did what Pinson just did. Tougher, more talented, aggressive, alpha male types...— Andy Sweeney (@TheOnlySweeney) February 4, 2021
By my count, Kentucky trailed 68-65 at the 4-minute mark and from that point:— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) February 4, 2021
– Committed 3 turnovers and 4 fouls (none of which were to stop the clock)
– Made 2 of 5 FG and were outscored 7-5
I love Lance Ware and his attitude. Very important piece for the UK program.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) February 4, 2021
Dontaie Allen has not played in the second half. 5:30 left and UK trails 68-53.— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) February 4, 2021
Another close game in the final minutes. They're due?— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) February 4, 2021
This Kentucky team has to be the worst team in close games in the history of the sport.— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) February 4, 2021
Yikes. Down four, Brooks missed three. Down five, Mintz missed layup, Ware missed putback. And that'll do it.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 4, 2021
Another late bed-wetting.
Shout out to Mintz and Jackson. Both played hard and really well— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 4, 2021
Pretty solid game for Boston too
Lol. It’s not worth even talking about Kentucky anymore— Cameron Newton (@morrisoncrying) February 4, 2021
@wildcatnews before I watch Yellowstone, my officiating grade is B- I thought the 5th foul on Sarr and the late player control fouls were bad misses. Other than that, there were the usual 4-5 WTF’s etc. I stick by my opinion that Sirmons is top 3. @KentuckyMBB needs a win.— John W. Adams (@jwasports) February 4, 2021
All it needed was the Benny Hill/Yakety Sax audio. https://t.co/9tBkEEmiLi— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 4, 2021
See a lot of people tweeting about Dontaie not playing at the end. He's not the savior, we get it, but he still should have been playing.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 4, 2021
This game was literally every Kentucky game this season rolled into one. Fall down early, make a rally, then, UK needs literally *one* play - a score, a stop, no foul - and they can't get it... and end up losing. Story of the season, unfortunately.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) February 4, 2021