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Kentucky Dominates Mississippi State Down the Stretch to Win 76-55

Kentucky sprinted out to a big first half lead, but almost let it slip away against Mississippi State.

After falling into a 4-0 hole, Kentucky responded with an 18-2 run to give the eighth-ranked Cats a comfortable first half lead.  UK didn’t bring the same energy out of the halftime locker room.  A myriad of turnovers and missed buckets near the basket gave No. 22 Mississippi State a window to make a run.

With 13:36 left to play, the Bulldogs cut the Kentucky lead to two.  The Cats received a wake up call at the right time.  Five minutes later P.J. Washington hit a corner three to put UK up 14, the largest lead of the night at the time.  Kentucky entered cruise control to defeat their second straight ranked opponent 76-55.

Washington’s dominant final ten minutes paved the way for a 21-point performance. Ashton Hagans set a new career-high for assists with eight.  Reid Travis struggled offensively against State’s interior length, yet still grabbed 12 rebounds.   The complete box score:

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

42 Comments for Kentucky Dominates Mississippi State Down the Stretch to Win 76-55



  1. AreJ
    9:02 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Those are two back to back legit wins. I like my team.



  2. cats646
    9:03 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Good win!! Frustrating at times but good win.



  3. Kentuckybbnfan01
    9:04 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Good win for the cats pj needs to stay consistent tho that’s what pj can do every game let’s go beat Kansas



  4. CKTermy23
    9:05 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Great win on the the eve of my Birthday I will be 25 tomorrow. Now we have to take care of business against Kansas get at least one win against Tennessee and we will be sitting up great.



    • JASUN74
      11:34 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Happy birthday brother! Don’t you be drinking none of that devil juice!! Haha. Try to do something cool that you want to do and have seen putting off. Believe me, even though you’re young and think you got many more birthdays to come, you never know, just make the most of every special day like that. Hope you have a great one buddy. You old man!!! Lmao.



    • kenny
      8:40 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      We share a bday. Have a good one.



  5. catsarerunnin
    9:05 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Great win. Cats are rolling!



  6. BigolBlue
    9:07 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    That last 9 minutes they stepped it up. Gonna need to play like that Saturday. Boo Kansas.



  7. a21CATSfan
    9:08 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    That was a good one for Anthony Edwards to witness. Hopefully Rupp didn’t bore him to death. CATS



    • JASUN74
      11:42 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      I was thinking before the game, I hope the crowd goes crazy, and even though it ended in a blowout, Rupp was fantastic tonight!! Great for him to see, and everything, no matter how big or small could make a difference to him. Couldn’t have asked for a better day to have the kid on campus and Rupp. Edwards is for real, smooth as can be and I’d love to see him playing for the Cats next year.



  8. CKTermy23
    9:14 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    I mean this was a really good MSU team and to win by 21 against a really good experienced and physical team is impressive.



    • mashburnfan1
      9:56 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Really, why is MSU good. They can’t shoot and they don’t play good D. Are you going by record? Here is who they beat…Austin Peay, Hartford, LBSU, St. Marys by 4, Dayton, Alcorn St, McNeese St, Clemson, Cincy, Wofford, Wright St, BYU, UF, Vandy with losses to USC, Arizona St, Ole Miss and UK. Yep, that is it. That is how you get ranked which is why I have told you all that rankings mean nothing. There are 25 teams or more that would be undefeated vs that schedule, before our game tonight. We are undefeated if we had that schedule or USC schedule or Ole Miss schedule.

    • Miss. St. is a solid team. There are 4-5 quality wins on their resume. They are a tournament team, likely a 7-9 seed. So yes, that was a good win against a good team. They are physical, experienced, and well coached. So, 23 nailed it. A 21 point win against a good team and all the other states facts is impressive and shows the team is growing.

    • *stated facts…typo



    • bigbluebanana
      11:55 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Dude, it could be us, Tennessee , Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida in the Elite 8, with every game going into quadruple overtime and mashburn fan would still say it’s a weak conference and the teams, especially us, are mediocre at best. Mental gymnastics from that guy to validate his sadness and misery.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:20 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Mashburnfan, our resident Eeyore, has spoken. Geesh dude, do we not get to bask in a 21 point blowout for just a little while? You sound like the life of the party. Yes, some of these SEC teams might not have a lot of marquee wins, but when they play us they usually fight tooth and nail because we are their one chance for a big win – especially on the road. With the level of talent in div 1 college BB today, there are no easy road wins.



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:27 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      What a miserable tool.



    • dcforuk
      10:40 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      We know what you think about UK and uT. Does the T stand for doubting Thomas? I realize you have said UK is a nice second weekend team. No risk in saying that. You have also said they are not a FF team. No risk in saying that either. 2017 team was a FF that did not get there. Not easy to do. Plenty of runway for a team continuing to improve. It is reasonable to be rational. It is exciting to be hopeful!



    • RealCatsFan
      10:41 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      I guess if UT had lost to Bama they would have sucked too, according to MF. Actually, Bama looks pretty solid right now- absolutely eviscerating #20 Ole Miss. But they suck too, right MF? 😉



  9. uk27ncaa
    9:19 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    I think it was 9 assist Nick



  10. bigbluebanana
    9:31 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    The best part about this team, and maybe the one fans complain about the most, is that if 1,2,or even 3 guys don’t show up to play, there’s always another 2-3 that show up big time. This recent stretch by UK looks very, very good. Still not complete, but they will be. Imagine when 5-7 guys show up each game! That’s a scary good team that can beat any team in the country, hands down. Kansas will be tough, but they aren’t the same without Azabuke. If we can win that one, and beat Tennessee at least once, I’ll consider that a successful regular season. Mississippi State is a very solid, well coached team and other than that second half comeback that lasted all of 2 minutes, we dominated them. Watch out for the Gamecocks though, apparently! Go Cats!!!



  11. bigblue98
    9:38 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Richards extremely active in short time. Impressive on rebounds for ten minutes.



  12. T-wah
    9:38 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Biggest question of the night…how come Coach Cal didn’t wear tennis shoes like the rest of his staff? Does he not support cancer research? Just being facetious, by the way.



    • jaws2
      9:42 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      I know he did in the 1st half.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:50 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Yep,he was wearing them.



    • T-wah
      10:12 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      I only got to watch the second half and saw that he was wearing brown dress shoes during that time.



    • JASUN74
      11:57 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah T-wah, the announcers said that Coaches were asked to wear them in the first half only. Still I may have just wore them the rest of the game if it had been me. Not because I was showing more support than was asked or anything, lol. Just because they would’ve been more comfortable. He did the same thing last year I believe though and changed at half time. He had on his DRAKE/JORDAN pair. The ones that only 80 made and he’s got two pair. Haha.

      Cal is the Man. I just wonder what it would be like to be in his shoes for a week. Lol. Talk about traveling back and forth, all over the country and Doing everything he does in a week. I’m wore out just thinking about it. Haha.



    • BigolBlue
      2:40 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Did you not watch? They were jordans signed by drake. They even talked about the shoes on the broadcast. He has 2 pairs one in his office



  13. drewfranklinsbeer
    9:43 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    I think Nick and EJ HAVE TO GET MORE RUN! Am I the only person who thinks Travis is SOFT. The turn around jump hook from richards is so smooth and impossible to guard.

    Don’t get me wrong, Reid Travis is vital to this teams success. But we saw what taking Quades minutes away did to this team. Maybe it’s time to see what taking a few minutes from Travis will do.

    Team is looking real nice, Clark.



    • J-Dub421
      9:55 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      Reid isn’t soft, or he wouldn’t be such a great rebounder. He does have short arms for his size, so the length in the SEC bothers him on offense.



    • catdaddyd
      3:02 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Doesn’t he average 6 rebounds a game? That’s not great.



    • dcforuk
      10:31 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      It is no different than NCAA Tourney…….it has very much to do with match ups! Some teams he will match up well against (ala AU w/out Wiley). Still a very good sign that he got 12 rebounds even going 1-6. You can do anything well on any given night but it is hard to do everything well every night!



    • runningunnin.454
      10:36 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure drewfranklinsbeer could get 12 rebounds against Miss State, too. Easy; Cause he’s not SOFT.



    • bigbluebanana
      11:57 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

      He isn’t very gifted, but he’s the third leading scorer on our team, he absolutely bullies folks down low, and rebounds amazingly. Not the most athletic guy, but soft he ain’t!



    • Aar
      10:08 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      He’s in a bit of a shooting slump as he adapts to the length, athleticism and physicality of the SEC. His shot will come around at the right time. Yet, he always finds way to help his team win. He was top 2 on the team in +/- last night. That’s not just due to his rebounding. He uses his strength to set great picks, block out, seal the lane and open the paint for teammates. Defensively, he may still be learning how best to defend guards but he does the work in the paint that makes the rest of the team click. He’s insanely intelligent and was the first Cat to really be a leader this season. As others step up, you can see him whispering in their ears and helping them become better leaders. In short, Travis is a workhorse of a glue guy who really makes this team click. This would not be the same team with the same record without him. I really hope he’s successful as a pro but even more, I hope Cal makes a space for him as an assistant once his playing days are through. He could make an excellent head coach one day. Sorry, not sorry, I’m done bromancing him now.



    • Aar
      10:16 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      One more thing, Cal has said “Without a post presence, your team is a fraud”. It’s Travis that keeps this team from being the fraud that matches his comment. If this were football, he’d be both the experienced center and nose tackle the gets all of the work done in the trenches. Others shine because he gets his hands dirty. Washington and Montgomery are very much stretch 4s and Richards (partially thanks to Travis’ example) is really making strides as a 5.



  14. CATandMONKEY
    9:45 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Great win- frustrating moments but overall fantastic performance.

    Michigan had to rely on a buzzer beater by Charles Mathews to beat Minnesota.
    Time to fire Beilein.



  15. RealCatsFan
    9:52 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    If we had not missed so many dunks and layups we would have won by 25 or more. Now where have all the trolls gone who wanted Cal gone? 😀



    • JASUN74
      12:14 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      I was going to say we could’ve won by 40 honestly. We make those dunks and go up twenty instead of missing four points and letting them score four. Besides those two dunks though, we’re still missing a few inside three feet. Get them dropping( and we will), we’re going to be killing everyone. Haha.

      I swear this team is unbelievably talented, and just now showing their potential. Their still looking at Cal during the game, but a lot less than the beginning of the season. Their body language has changed so much and they’re playing with smiles on their faces. Lol. Playing as hard as any team we’ve had in the last few years, and in my opinion, it’s all because we got embarrassed by Duke at the beginning of the season. Probably the best thing that had happened to Coach Cal. It lit a fire in him that turned him from being a little complacent, to getting the love back for teaching the game and working hard again. ( Not that he lost working hard, but it’s difficult to say exactly), I swear it reminds me of those years when he was at UMASS.

      Anyway, He’s now back to what got him her in the first place and this Cal, is the Best Coach in the Country. Man I’m excited to death about this team and the future of Kentucky Basketball!!



  16. Wynn
    10:24 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Ashton only 2 steals? Get it together man sheesh



  17. dcforuk
    10:27 pm January 22, 2019 Permalink

    Interesting game summed up well by Jason Williams on the post game show in ESPN. He said that UK did not look like they played their best and won by 20. Overall FG % was down (even though 3 Pt FG % was 50%) and we had 17 turnovers. That is four more than at Auburn and after the first five possessions at Auburn we only had 9 turnovers the rest of the way. So, a little sloppier tonight but against a more experienced team and still won big.



    • trumpetguy
      12:05 am January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Miss State sit back after missed shots and got 2 or 3 of those turnovers on careless passes to Hagans by the UK rebounders, just nonchalant lazy passes. Habits no doubt State picked up on film study. Also and I repeat this, IMO, UK would have fewer half court TOs and more FG attempts if they attacked more on offense. Guys are passing up on good shots then driving into traffic. Like to get 65-70 FG attempts regularly. Play fast on both ends, to me a big advantage to the team with superior talent. Slower pace for any reason favors the team with lesser talent, meaning fewer possessions. Nice win vs Auburn and another tonight vs State……lets keep it up!