(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Of course that shot falls.
Kentucky came out of the gates swinging in a game that was heated from the start. The Cats had a few solid runs of their own, most notably the7-0 spurt to head into the locker room down one. But the story of the first half was Indiana’s huge 16-2 run which lasted six minutes; highlighted by sloppy turnovers and missed shots from Kentucky. As the Cats jogged off the court, assistant coach Kenny Payne could be seen on camera mouthing “We’re fine” to Eloy Vargas.
The second half opened with Marquis Teague next to Cal and the Cats trying to fight their way back in it. Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones proved how valuable they are to this team as Davis was quickly on the bench with four fouls and Jones was quite literally MIA. As the Cats were reeling the Hoosiers were hitting, and the Assembly Hall crowd never quit.
But it was Christian Watford, at the buzzer, which ended the game the Cats had won twice in the closing seconds, they had no business winning. Free throws did it in – Davis could have sealed it and Lamb could have at least secured OT. But it was not to be.
— Terrence Jones was horrendously bad, and found himself sitting on the bench in the closing minutes with the Cats winning. He finished with 4 points, 1 rebound, and 6 turnovers.
— Marquis Teague was equally as bad in the first half, but became the leader the team needed in the second half, scoring all 15 of his points.
— Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was a beast and scored at will on mismatches. He finished with 19.
— Anthony Davis was battling foul trouble all game, and was arguably the biggest reason for the loss. When Davis came out, the Hoosier streaked, he returned and the bleeding stopped.
— Christian Watford shot 4-6 from behind the arc with the most important coming at the buzzer. He finished with a team-leading 20 points.
Let the questions come pouring in, why didn’t the Cats foul? Credit to Darius Miller, he had his hands right in the face of Watford on that shot – literally nothing more he could have done. It was just that kind of a day for IU. They were having shots fall all over the floor.
Cats fall 73-72.