Luckily, the Cats knocked down their free throws this afternoon, going 22/25 from the charity stripe, but a flagrant foul called on Antonio Reeves late in the second half almost turned the tide.
With 2:45 remaining, Reeves drove down the lane against Santiago Vescovi while holding the ball above his head as he pushed through contact before the ball went out of bounds.
After a review, Reeves was called for a Flagrant I, which gave Tennessee two free throws and possession of the ball.
You can see the play in question below.
Kentucky was up 58-50 when the call was made. The Vols then went on a 6-0 run and had several game-tying attempts in the final minute before the Cats finished them off.
We can argue all day about that call no matter how bogus it was, but what made it worse was Uros Plavsic getting a way with not one but two plays that should have been called a Flagrant I
On one play, Plavsic pulled Cason Wallace down on a rebound.
On the second play, Plavsic pushed Oscar Tshiebwe down after a free throw (go here to see the second video).
Uros Plavsic is an unbelievably dirty player and @SECOfficiating did absolutely nothing about it today— GP (@GP_Tre_Ball) January 14, 2023
- Pulling Cason Wallace down by his jersey
- Throwing Oscar Tshiebwe to the ground
You should have some shame and accountability for this @SEC pic.twitter.com/otU1c7S5LU
Would love to hear an explanation on how this was missed, especially since you can obviously see Wallace’s jersey pulled.
Either way, the Cats winning in Knoxville is always sweet. Now let’s ride this momentum into another SEC matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs.