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Kentucky Falls Short in 76-66 Loss at Auburn

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On the road against the top-ranked team in the SEC, Kentucky played well enough to win but could not close the deal.  The Cats rediscovered their offense to take a second half lead, but fell apart down the stretch in the middle of a raucous environment at Auburn Arena.

It looked like Kentucky turned the corner when Wenyen Gabriel threw down this monstrous, unexpected slam to take the lead with 13 minutes to play.

The actual turning point happened five minutes later.  Up four, Hamidou Diallo’s corner three touched every part of the rim before rolling off the cylinder.  Instead of taking a seven-point lead, Auburn cut it to two and stole the momentum.

Kentucky led by four entering the under-eight TV timeout.  At the under-four TV timeout, Kentucky trailed by five.  That was all she wrote.

The Cats’ fourth consecutive loss drops UK to 6-7 in SEC play.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

108 Comments for Kentucky Falls Short in 76-66 Loss at Auburn



  1. Memphis UK Cat
    11:09 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Really surprised we lost. This team needed this win but did not earn it.



  2. AFR0_SAMURAii
    11:09 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Brad Stevens anyone?



    • UKPROF
      11:16 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Anyway we can get him in here by Saturday?

    • If you’re going to call for another coach at least call for one who might actually take the job.



    • KYcats11
      12:06 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Or don’t call for another coach after 1 bad year.



    • Miller45
      1:36 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      I hope. the burden is on Cal to prove if these bad years will be anomalies. I personally would prefer Billy Donovan and think there is a better chance of him leaving OKC than Stevens leaving Boston, and whoever made the comment about coach Stevens eventually being at duke I have assumed that by default for several years as well



    • Cryingtheblues
      4:02 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Billy Donovan turned this job down TWICE! He is not coming to Kentucky. Damn!!



    • Miller45
      12:01 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      I wish, he’s staying right where he is



    • syrin23
      1:03 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      I bet he takes over at Duke unfortunately.



  3. BigBlueNationDude
    11:09 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Scaredy cats blow it again. Gonna be 5 in a row on saturday. Bench Hami for good. Fire Cal. We suck . moral victory?



    • UKPROF
      11:15 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Where do I sign the petition?



    • KYcats11
      12:06 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      You fans are the worst, one rough year and you want Cal gone.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:28 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      1 title in 9 seasons. 100 nba guys



    • KYcats11
      7:21 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      1 title 9 seasons. That means he is at least a top 9 coach in our game. Not too bad.



    • syrin23
      12:48 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe we need a team meeting and for Hami to come out and take responsibility. Oh wait….



  4. dhard
    11:10 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    We are up 4, dialo comes in and the wheels fall off. By the way Doug shows sucks.



  5. cking
    11:13 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Without a doubt the single worse coaching egg ever laid by Cal…..

    No timeouts down the stretch during crucial possessions killed any chance these kids had.

    Absolutely pathetic…

    I don’t give two shits who we get going forward…

    We are never winning another chip with Cal.

    • No, late against Wisconsin was pretty bad. I’m not calling for his job like seemingly everyone here, but he’s not perfect.



    • original slappy
      11:26 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve said since the Wisconsin loss we wouldn’t have another banner with Cal. His team’s are probably only going to get worse from here because even this year’s team will lose 2+ guys. And he still refuses to recruit/play players that are ranked below 25



    • syrin23
      12:55 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      That Wisconsin game is still the worst coached basketball game I have ever seen at any level. Worse than high school, not joking. It’s like the head coach got ejected from the game, and some assistant who never coached a minute in his life took over and panicked.



  6. ukwildcat1991
    11:13 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Happy. Valentines. Day…



  7. UKPROF
    11:13 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    “Kentucky falls short”!!? Kentucky has a 4 point lead half way through the 2nd half and then only manages to score 10 more points in the final 9+ minutes!! And you call that ‘falling short’? OK then.



    • Miller45
      12:01 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      falling apart



    • Miller45
      12:02 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      After accidentally taking the lead



    • syrin23
      12:53 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, a ten point loss with only 10 points down the stretch isn’t “falling short”



  8. BigBlueNationDude
    11:14 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Typical calipari team. Cant shoot free throws and turn it over 100 times a game



  9. cats646
    11:14 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Our turnovers are absolutely ridiculous. Auburn played good defense but we looked so stupid when we would turn the ball over. If we get that fixed we will have a team on our hands.



    • syrin23
      12:33 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      No kidding. Diallo throwing to Auburn players, Shai jumping in the air TWICE to throw it to Auburn players, Gren running out of bounds on the baseline, Green throwing it away on a full court pass, PJ laying someone out at half court in full view. These guys justy play dumb.

      SOMEONE explain to me how Hami is an NBA draft prospect. He’s not a top 50 guard in the SEC!



  10. Luether
    11:15 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    My sources said that Ky would lose their 4th straight game without a good showing from Hami. They were right – again…



  11. Jarisn02
    11:16 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    The Cats are too young and dumb. They don’t know how to play winning basketball when it counts. I’m ashamed of this team, they are truly pathetic. Diallo was going to be a leader this year, instead he’s the worst player on the team.



    • UKPROF
      11:20 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Diallo would be a really good high school player though, don’t you think?



    • syrin23
      12:34 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Even when we take the lead, it’s UGLY basketabll. This team should be called THE UNWATCHABLES.



  12. dhard
    11:16 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    At this point, it appears this team may not win another games this year. It is a lost year for U.K. basketball



    • UKPROF
      11:18 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is a pretty good recruiter, he’s just a lousy coach.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      11:20 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      At this point???I said this in November



    • syrin23
      12:34 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      I said in December that this team was going to be a bubble team and got the expected response from the irrationally loyal f’tards that roam here.



  13. BBNstrive49
    11:16 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    What a joke. How does brad not touch the floor. It’s alright, keep calm Tyler Herro is coming.



    • bbnZach
      7:42 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Dude Tyler Herro sucks. Keldon Johnson is the real deal and I saw him manhandle duke commit Tre Jones in person.



    • UKsuperdave
      8:43 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah dude Tyler Herro sucks! Dan Smith is way better I saw him 360 between the legs over the backboard dunk on the best player in HS. He’s awesome! He can hit threes from the opposite foul line. I think he even beat Jordan and Bugs bunny at the same time.

      Anyway, yeah Tyler Herro sucks because there are better players.

  14. The post so nice,
    Nick had to post it twice.



  15. bbnZach
    11:16 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    This team was #5 in the country preseason



    • original slappy
      11:28 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      Haha preseason rankings are more pointless now than ever.



    • Miller45
      1:39 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      always are, IMO it just gives the media Bullcrap to report until there is actually something to report



  16. cats646
    11:17 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    At least we have football to look forward to!



  17. PkP_UofK89
    11:18 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Baseball season



  18. Lip Man 1
    11:18 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    More turnovers than assists…again.
    Terrible free throw shooting…again.
    Another loss…again.

    It’s entirely possible these guys may not win a game the rest of the regular season.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      11:22 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      We have Ole Miss, almost a win by default although I thought Vandy was too and we needed gifts to beat Vandy.



    • syrin23
      12:36 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Those are almost trade marks of Cal’s teams every where he goes. He lost a title at Memphis because of FT shooting. You would think that JUST ONCE, he would recruit a lights out shooter no matter how many stars they have besides their name. We have 5 star players getting destroyed by two and three star players.



    • UKsuperdave
      8:36 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Hate to say it but I kinda hope they don’t win another game. They and Cal don’t deserve to win another. This season’s is down the toilet anyway.



  19. dhard
    11:18 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    They have no player over 6-7 and we don’t post the ball every time down the floor?



    • original slappy
      11:30 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      No one on this team can score in the post consistently. Problem #1 out of about 37.



  20. Jarisn02
    11:18 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t wait til this season is over. So the players will be put out of misery and so will I.



  21. BannerDown2018
    11:20 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    FOUR STRAIGHT, FOUR! CAL NEEDS TO BE GONE!



  22. Kentucky Cook
    11:21 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I knew going in not to have big expectation… with that being said… I’m glad I didn’t waste good bourbon on this one. #getittogether, #werebetterthanthat



  23. Jarisn02
    11:21 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Coach K has never lost 4 straight in his life.



    • DelrayCat
      11:51 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      And he’s not leaving Duke to coach UK either.



  24. Jimi40
    11:22 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    No heart on Valentine’s Day……..



  25. snoopjdawg
    11:23 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I agree 100%. Embarrassment to all of Kentucky. Dumbest decisions and dumbest players. We can blame Cal, but these players are bad. It happens. Diallo and Knox are both gone. This team may not make the tournament. One win vs. a ranked team. Right?



    • syrin23
      12:38 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Diallo is gone? What NBA team would be dumb enough to draft him? Guy can’t shoot, pass, defend or even dribble. He has NO FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL SKILLS!



  26. BigBlueOnYou
    11:23 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Call it like I see it… this garbage juice season is OVER!



  27. KYjellyRoll
    11:24 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ridiculous. Diallo is embarrassing himself and dragging the team with him, what did he do that was productive the time he played??



  28. CoachCat
    11:25 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    You can see the fear in on the faces of these kids. It’s actually bizarre.



  29. dhard
    11:25 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    These kids have regressed greatly throughout the year and now, look totally confused on what to do.



  30. Bobbum Man
    11:25 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Kinda stunned there was no timeouts in the last 2 crucial possessions with Knox out of the game… I usually give Cal the benefit of the doubt but it seemed very odd to me… but this team just has no players with that will to win, no movement on offense always left with SGA driving and trying to create a miracle … Washington had a nice move down low but couldn’t finish then we give up a 3 at the other end and that was the ballgame



    • cking
      11:41 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      You are 100% spot on..no timeouts.

      HORRIBLE JOB BY CAL



  31. DC Cat
    11:26 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    This team makes the Nerlens Noel team look like an all-pro team. I can’t wait for this season to be over…



  32. BigBlueNationDude
    11:28 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Bog board is mad bro’s. Hes ran out of material. We were all correct. We arent fine and wont be. What happenned big update?



  33. dhard
    11:29 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ready to see what 2018-2019!brings to us as this season is done. Please, do not accept an nit berth.



  34. roachey45011
    11:30 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    This should sum up one reason why Diallo didn’t play last year. He is like a cancer to this team period ! Comes in and turns the ball over numerous times, and doesn’t play defense. Knox was playing great until the 5 min mark and his body language showed he was not “ mentally “ able to handle it. This team will have 10 Plus losses this year and lucky to get a 8 seed in the tournament if they can win 3 -4 more games..



    • snoopjdawg
      11:32 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      5 games left. How many wins are left? We could have 13 losses?



  35. Cat68
    11:31 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    What was up with SKJ not playing a single second



  36. peaches76
    11:32 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    Wish my toilet paper was as soft as this team.



  37. jaws2
    11:32 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    We could have posted up players all night long and didn’t. Diallo had NO business being on the court with 5 to go, Knox had NO business being on the bench under 3 minutes to go, and Cal watched these guys fall apart with 2 time outs left. Maybe he was saving them for next game. Oh wait, you can’t do that!



  38. archie926
    11:33 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    What is wrong with some of you? This our team and Cal is our coach. I feel like I’m sitting in Hickory Indiana’s townhall right now. These kids are struggling, we should be loyal to our team and our coach.



    • DelrayCat
      11:54 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

      I know…this is pathetic. Spoiled bunch of entitled fans with no comprehension of what is happening behind the scenes.



    • syrin23
      12:41 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Yep, we should just cheer them on no matter what they do, no matter how much they regress, no matter how horrible the coaching is. Just blind loyalty just “because”. No need to hold anyone accountable. 300 NBA players and one title, and only because we had the best player in basketball over a 5 year stretch.



  39. Big Meech
    11:35 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    So u all are saying it’s cal. It has nothing to do with this team not being very good yet. Nothing to do with really dumb turnovers. We don’t have a elite player to lean on when times get tough and we fold up under pressure. Wait for it…. bc we are young. This year isn’t our year but keep the faith and next year will be better. Wish the 3 went down for Hami for his confidence and that would have swung the game. Some of u all are killing that kid. He’s in a bad slump, ease up on the guy. I still think we have a shot to get it right but if not then I’m not going to start the fire cal chant and bash our players. Stay positive bbn



    • Bleednblu
      12:01 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you!! I’ve said it so many times now I’m exhausted. We’ve been spoiled. We’ve become accustomed to expecting SEC titles, final fours, or the championship. It wasn’t too long ago that we had Gillespie and Tubby ball. Tubby did ok, Gillespie was a time to forget. Teams are going to have off years. Especially in this day and age. Just look around…all the “blue bloods” are taking L’s. We may be losing a few more but it’s not the end of the world. If nothing else we will end with a mediocre season to most teams’ standards and will have a quality nucleus to build around next season. Or they may finally click and make a run. If we have learned anything it’s to not count out Cal. And for Hami, yes he’s having a really rough stretch but don’t keep bashing him. It’s obviously a mental thing for him, just like Briscoe was when everyone was wanting to get rid of him…he’d probably be a big help right about now had he stayed..if you want to jump ship, go ahead. Get a life jacket or learn to swim.. I’ll stick behind my team and my coach.



    • syrin23
      12:43 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Slump? They guy threw it to the Auburn player, dribbled straight into an Auburn player twice, and got stripped from behind on a fast break. He can’t shoot AT ALL, he can’t pass, and can’t defend. That’s not a “slump”. That’s an “athlete” meaning he has no actual basketball skills.



  40. gcgolf1414
    11:37 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    This a brutal team to watch. Key to game within first five minutes, we have freshman guards and cannot get into offensive sets. To be that much bigger at every position and nothing in the post. 9 total assist tells me all I need to know and nothing inside out.

    Tough to watch Duke’s freshmen blow out Virginia Tech, without Bagley and Cats look like High School girls team. Again, BRUTAL.



  41. UKfan4TwoDecades
    11:38 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    After watching the post-game press conference, first with PJ and then with Cal, I feel even worse. I watched this game in it’s entirety and then in the post-game press conference PJ says “we need to go and have a good practice” then Cal says “we could be a final 4 team”.
    No urgency.
    No accountability.
    Cal said, “Ill be fine but this is about these kids”. He ever says it is about the fans as well. It is about winning NCAA championships.
    Cal, PJ, and everyone else are fooling themselves if they still think this way.



    • Bleednblu
      12:07 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Ok so you say he never says it’s about the fans. It’s about winning NCAA championships… What then would you like? I would think NCAA Championships are what the fans would like? If that’s not what you’d like then maybe it’s your comments that seem foolish.



    • syrin23
      12:45 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      No, the problem it is about the kids, and Cal views UK as a farm team for the NBA. he thinks the program should serve the kids, not the other way around. maybe we’ll get a title once every decade if we get a freak like Anthony Davis, but who cares, it’s “about the kids” and winning the NBA draft every year.



    • bigbluehank
      2:44 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Could not agree more. Cal thinks that he, and the players, are bigger than the program. The comments he made during the 2010 NBA Draft should’ve been some inclination as to where his true interests lie. Adding faces to the mural of NBA Cats in the practice facility is more important to him than winning trophies.



  42. Mc12
    11:39 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I think the minutes should look like: Knox 33, sga 33, Richards-28, JV 30 green 30, Gabriel 20 PJ 20 Diallo 6. Not checking the math lol. Gabriel was solid today but that is not the norm. JV is our best distributor, rebounder, and may be the only one that can pass on transition



  43. rabbit
    11:42 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    That’s a tough loss for the team



  44. AndTheDevil
    11:47 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    If Knox isn’t shooting, he ain’t caring. Completely checks out. Deserved to be on bench at end



    • syrin23
      12:45 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      For sure..



  45. ebow1
    11:49 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    I think dukes SENIOR went for 25 or so tonight gcgolf1414. On another note, Kentucky fans are the best and worst fan base in the world. Great fans if we’re winning and absolute dumbasses when our teenagers are struggling. Embarrassing!!!



  46. davis2319
    11:58 pm February 14, 2018 Permalink

    It’s just an all around shit show with this team. Players are not good and Calipari’s late game struggles are becoming more blatant. Tough Alabama team coming in to a not so home court advantage in Rupp Arena. Could be looking at 5 straight losses. I don’t care what players are on the team, The university of Kentucky (“the greatest tradition in the history of college basketball”) should never lose that many games in a row. I am a diehard and will always bleed blue, but this is getting concerning.



  47. roachey45011
    12:03 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    What about Auburn actually letting their Fan base and college students pack the lower arena with loud fans .. o wait in Rupp it’s the old folks that have all the money and won’t allow our student section .. hats off to Auburn’s , and the Dukes of the world



  48. cats646
    12:06 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    You people wanting cal gone are ridiculous.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:29 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Nope you are. Keep your knee pads fresh for cal. He is not a good coach.



    • CAT_KING5
      12:41 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Nope, you are, “Dude”! Pathetic actually. All you do is complain so go be a “so-called” fan for another team.



    • syrin23
      12:47 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Cal has as many titles as Tubby. Cal had 100 NBA players, numerous #1 overall draft picks, a dozen top five picks, etc. Cal has vastly under performed given the players he has had.



    • Catsfan1715
      1:18 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      If duke doesn’t win the title this year and next year I better hear you all saying coach K is a bad coach and needs to be fired lol



  49. vandzandz
    12:08 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    My sources tell me UK basketball is in for a big drought in the coming years. With the new NBA rule coming out, more kids will bypass college all together. Cal’s already started losing most of the top recruits (none in next years top 10). I think Cal goes pro



  50. Jiminy Crickets
    12:27 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Does anyone else remember when Calipari said that PJ Washington would be the best player in the country by the end of the season? Or how about during his documentary when he said what you see in the beginning is not what you will see in the end? He’s right on the latter, we are worse now than we were in the Kansas game



  51. mikeintn
    12:28 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    I think you are nuts!



  52. BBNstrive49
    1:09 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Cal needs to leave. Hire Jackie Moon.



  53. TonyMontana
    2:42 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Boo Hoo! Waaaahhhhh my team lost. Fire the coach and F these kids! OMG, are you serious?! I’m a true fan… meaning I support my team through the good times and the bad. I love these kids and I love Cal. He can only do his best… he cant go out there and actually play for them! Every now and then, they get it and it all clicks and we look great, but it falls apart for a variety of reasons. The good news is, we will have more returning next year than usual. I get that you’re frustrated. Everybody is. But, are you really a fan? Obviously most of you are not, just go cheer for Duke. Meanwhile, a person like me will sit down and write a letter to Hami, letting him know that I believe in him and I’m pulling for him because he’s a Wildcat.

    In 2013-14 we had 11 losses. The next year we went 38-1. Hell in the past 2 seasons, Duke had 20 combined losses! You gotta stick with your team, your players and your coach, otherwise what good are you?



    • Booby Petrino
      8:16 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. This site has never been more full of pathetic crybabies.



    • Skeps
      8:25 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

      You will write a letter to Hami? That’s really sad and stupid.



  54. Kat4Life
    7:55 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    I started bitching about Diallo in Nov, it was obvious his high school reputation was overblown. I have never seen a 5 star recruit so hopelessly lost. This team is very hard to watch.



  55. BluKudzu
    11:30 am February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Face it folks, this is what you have to look forward to, perhaps even worse. I am thinking the assistant coaches will be gone before any of the kids decide to turn pro. A season like this will cost them a big pile of money and potential jobs, should they want to be a HC.
    And what ype of replacements will we get, to come to a sinking ship?
    Future is not so bright.