Two Kentucky points were taken off the scoreboard because of an incompetent scorekeeper.
In the middle of Mississippi State’s monster second half run, Kentucky struggled to get easy offense. On one possession they appeared to have finally found it, after a missed dunk by Nick Richards.
The Kentucky center drop-stepped toward the basket. His dunk was partially blocked by a Bulldog defender and the rim. Reid Travis corralled the offensive rebound. As State’s defense recovered, Richards was wide open for redemption. Before Richards completed the dunk, the shot clock siren rang, even though only six or seven seconds had past since Richards’ first miss.
Officials initially ruled a shot clock violation. After hearing from John Calipari, officials went to the monitor to review the play. The ball obviously hit the rim when Richards missed the dunk. A blind man could have seen it, but the Starkville scorekeeper did not.
The shot clock violation was overturned, but the two points from Richard’s second dunk were erased. Kentucky retained possession, a possession that produced zero points and failed to slow Miss. State’s roll. Luckily, Kentucky hung on for a four-point win. If not, that scorekeeper’s snafu would have been a tough pill to swallow.
This egregious mistake must be retribution for Drew Franklin. It’s the only logical explanation.