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Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s 82-71 loss to Tennessee

Another day another late-game meltdown.

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The Kentucky Wildcats came out fighting with a purpose against the No. 11 team in the nation on Saturday night.

The game was physical early resulting in a slew of fouls called on Tennessee, and UK was able to take advantage by making all but two of their 15 free throw attempts in the first half.

Despite it being ugly at times, it was still probably one of Kentucky’s best stretches of the season considering they held an eight-point halftime lead on a top 25 team.

Seeing the ball go through the net was a very welcome sight for anyone who follows the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The scoring was great but the willingness to fight was the most encouraging part of the first twenty minutes of play.

With hopes of an at-large bid long gone it’ll be important for this team to stay engaged in preparation for the SEC tournament.

Lead by sophomore Keion Brooks, Kentucky ignited the Rupp Arena crowd and kept applying pressure in half No. 2.

Brooks would finish with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

However, the Vols are ranked where they are for a reason, and they fought back to tie the game with just under eight minutes to play.

At that media timeout break, Kentucky fans begin to fear what has plagued this team for several weeks now — finishing out a game.

Collapsing down the stretch has no doubt cost Kentucky numerous wins and totally changed the makeup of their season.

Saturday night, history repeated itself as UK squandered yet another opportunity late in a close game.

John Calipari saw a double-digit second half lead be reversed to the Vols. Another predictable offensive drought drove the nail in the coffin of this game. Kentucky was absolutely dominated by Vols when it mattered most.

The Cats fall to 5-12 on the season, and as you can imagine, Twitter was ablaze with hot takes.

Here is a chronological mash up of fan and media reaction to the disappointing loss.

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