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Kentucky gave up 59 points in the second half

© C. Morgan Engel | USATSI

© C. Morgan Engel | USATSI

As good as Kentucky’s defense was in the first half, it was terrible in the second. After holding Texas A&M to 26 points in the first 20 minutes, Kentucky allowed 59 in the second, by far the most in a half this season. The Aggies came out on fire, starting the second half on a 17-2 run, which forced John Calipari to call a timeout at 16:16. They hit seven threes, two of them banked in. They couldn’t miss a shot, which made it doubly cruel that Kentucky couldn’t make one.

The Cats did rally to cut the lead to eight with a minute left, but it was all for naught. When asked, Calipari chalked his team’s Jekyll/Hyde tendencies up to immaturity. 

“It’s not frustrating. What it becomes is, why is it happening? Again, you’re so into how you’re playing you can’t give that energy to the team. That’s what young guys do and I can’t seem to get them over that hump. They’re more concerned with how they’re playing and then when they’re concerned, they look really bad individually. You look like you can’t play basketball, you’re not very good. And when you’re in that fighting mode and all of a sudden, all of the good stuff that you have in your body comes out, you really look like a good player and you’re playing for us instead of yourself. There’s not enough trust there yet. It’s not just one guy. We’ve got a bunch of guys not doing the stuff that we need.”


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21 Comments for Kentucky gave up 59 points in the second half

  1. callitlikeiseeit
    11:52 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

    Just curious as to why you think the defense was so great in the first half. It was not good and A&M got any look they wanted, they just missed wide open shots and in one case threw the ball out of bounds instead of dunking it. Secong half they made the shots but there were many many wide open looks in the first half. I know A&M shot 305 that half so that must say UK played great D….No they just missed.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      11:54 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink


  2. Aar
    11:53 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

    Hey, TAMU “just got hot” for the run at the start of the second half. Unfortunately, these Cats didn’t have the wherewithal to stop it. No excuses but quite a few of those TAMU shots were defended well enough. On to the next one.

    I think the Cats showed quite a bit of progress in the first half and didn’t so much step back in the second as they failed to rise to the occasion. Semantics, I know. Just trying to keep a positive outlook.

    • syrin23
      2:02 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      No, their crucial run they had 3 alley oop dunks on break aways, two of which Monk made no effort to get back on.

    • chris43
      6:34 am February 11, 2018 Permalink


  3. bigbluenation90
    11:55 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

    I’m confused as to why Brad don’t play more minutes? He plays lockdown D and is a superior athlete!

  4. ilovekaturday
    12:03 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    One point for ever year our coach has been alive!!!!!

  5. sweet wm
    12:13 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    TV play by play announcers (Big 10) described the Cats as LAZY…. seems ACCURATE.

  6. Catlogic15
    12:15 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    I’m giving Cal a pass on this season..seriously.
    The team looks disjointed, unskilled. I can’t say they are truly selfish, but just look that way. None of that is true I guess, but too late to turn it around. Cal has tried his best. Team won’t respond. Not on Cal. Just a bad year. Happens.

    • njCat
      1:31 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      How do you give him a pass? He selected these players! Fact is he’s lost his touch in recruiting the past few years and is no longer getting top five players. He chooses to rely on freshmen. Problem is, if they are not the best freshmen this is what you get – an unskilled very young team.

    • bacnine
      4:33 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      Huh? Give him a pass? He makes $7 mil plus a year

    • bacnine
      5:05 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, give him a pass on this season and put the focus on getting these guys ready for NBA draft. That is the most important thing. Isn’t it? Plus Barnhart should give him a raise and a contract extension like he does for Stoops.

  7. CombatMedic_98
    12:19 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    Yes, yes, n yes

  8. BigBlueNationDude
    12:30 am February 11, 2018 Permalink


  9. Azulgrande75
    12:48 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    To me it’s not the fact that we lost, it was the MANNER in which we lost. No sense of urgency defensively, not sprinting the floor, no fundamental box outs for rebounds, etc. Vanderbilt is the only player which plays with a high motor. You don’t have to be a McDonalds All-American to play hard on both ends! Only recruit guys that play with a high motor Cal. Please!!

    • callitlikeiseeit
      1:00 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      would rather have recruits that can dribble, pass, put the ball in the hoop. Seems basic but these 3 qualities used to be standard at UK.

    • Cat68
      9:37 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      A couple of our guys shoot from the baseline and try to put it in the side of the backboard. Obviously no chance of scoring but hey, at least I got my shots up.

  10. bigbluenation90
    12:59 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    How do we never win a championship with all these draft picks?

    • syrin23
      2:04 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. We settle for a FF every now and then, but those are becoming rare too.

    • ilovekaturday
      2:30 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

      Cause cal can’t coach

  11. shelby
    10:52 am February 11, 2018 Permalink

    Just because the aggies shot poorly in the first half doesn’t mean our defense was good; they just missed a lot of open shots. Started hitting in the 2nd half.