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Kentucky survives a tough test in Starkville, beats the Bulldogs 88-81

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It’s hard to believe that at one point in the second half, Kentucky led this game by 18. Thanks to horrible officiating and some baffling decisions by the Cats on both sides of the ball, this one was a lot closer than we all wished it would be; however, Kentucky pulled away at the end, beating Mississippi State by a final score of 88-81.

De’Aaron Fox led the way with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and while Monk was the next highest scorer with 14 points, he also had five turnovers in easily his worst game as a Cat. For the second game in a row, Wenyen Gabriel looked like the MVP, coming just shy of a double double with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal.

The game was ugly, and everyone will be talking about the scuffle between the two sides following a foul on De’Aaron Fox. I’ll have footage of that in just a minute, but for now, just be thankful we escaped Starkville with a win.

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36 Comments for Kentucky survives a tough test in Starkville, beats the Bulldogs 88-81



  1. Mathlete
    9:28 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    The officiating was so terrible I think it gave me an aneurysm



  2. EdC
    9:28 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    We need to get a Go Fund Me account for the SEC to hire some real officials. I LOVE watching basketball but SEC officials are making it boring to watch the 2nd highest scoring team in the nation. A team that every single announcer lauds how fast they are, how polished on the break.

    I wish we could play those classless punks in Rupp this year. They really need to take a 30+ point loss which this one should have been if the officials hadn’t killed the flow yet again.

    The one thing I am thinking is that ultimately maybe this attempt to slow UK down with officiating will help us in the post season. Lots more 1/2 court practice than we would have gotten otherwise.

    Lastly Mussberger might be worse than Vitale. He sounds like somebody just kicked his puppy every time UK did anything good and like he just GOT a new puppy every time Miss. St. did.



    • justaguyinthebackrow
      9:39 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      I think you’re reading way too much into Mussberger’s call. And UK is Vitale’s 3rd favorite team. It’s hard to really complain about that. You should let go of the hate in your heart. You’ll live better and longer.



    • Mathlete
      9:42 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      Mushbarger (I refuse to pronounce his name correctly until he starts pronouncing player names correctly) needs to hang it up. His own broadcast partner kept trying to subtly correct him on how to say Bam’s name and he just wasn’t getting it



    • Mathlete
      9:45 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      At this point there’s no excuse either, he’s called like 5 UK games this season. He should know these guys by their faces without even having to check his program notes



  3. Rixter
    9:28 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Cats challenged nobody at the rim the entire game. Naturally, Howland told his guys ‘take it to the rim every possession’. 47 second half points.
    Northwestern State held MSU to 28 1st half, 31 2nd half



  4. playmorezeppelin
    9:30 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    We struggle at the Hump because no one wants to go to Starkville to watch a game…. or for any other reason for that matter. Officiating may have been terrible on both sides of the ball but without the refs interfering with the flow of the game, no chance the game ends that close.
    Also, another overrated chant/another win. Hope Miss State fans enjoyed watching that tenth straight L as much as they enjoy tractor pulls.



    • WeareBBN
      9:41 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      You all do understand that when the play was flowing, which was not often but did happen a few times, MSU actually made runs including an 11-0 run in 2nd half. MSU played this game with the same refs and had more fouls. This team is not close to a title contending team because of defense. Over 50 points in the paint this evening by a team that lost at home to Bama, East Tenn State and Lehigh. Was also blown out by 25 on neutral by UCF. The refs calling all those moving picks, some were some were not, helped us since we defend it poorly.



    • playmorezeppelin
      10:10 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      I guess you missed the part where we were ahead 18 points.



    • THE William Hill
      11:22 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      WeareBBN defending the refs again.. shocker.



  5. henderblue
    9:31 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    It was nauseating, the officiating. Can’t someone do something about it? Nevertheless, it was a win on the road and another team loses their super bowl game



  6. catsarerunnin
    9:33 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Worst officiating I have ever seen at the college level or maybe any level.



    • trumpetguy
      10:25 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      BOTH teams had multiple ??? calls, BUT, UK clearly thought game was over early in the 2nd half. Lazy passes, telegraphed, lackadaisical (sp??) ball handling, and MM#5 had a couple jump shots at least partially blocked. Unless shot clock is a factor, and it wasn’t, those are rarely going in when that closely contested. MSU isn’t much but we won…about the only + thing in the whole night. I agree with “catsarerunnin”, may very well be the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen. BOTH teams have legit beefs with stripes.



  7. runningunnin.454
    9:38 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    The announcer….”not a fan of the over-rated chant when you’re losing”.
    Have to agree….I think the SEC ball teams are better than their dumba$$ fans.



    • Vanderblue
      9:54 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      Wonder why this is a thing this year, MSU never led and yet they bring out the overrated chant? C’mon.



  8. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    9:38 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    MSU lost @ home to the following:

    Lehigh by 14
    Central Florida by 25
    East TN state by 4 or 5



    • runningunnin.454
      9:49 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      When UK comes to town, it’s every team’s super bowl; they play nine miles over their head. The team we played tonight was not the same team that lost to Lehigh, UCF, or ETSU. MSU is every talented, albiet, very young.
      You told us all day how lousy the SEC is…until you learn the game, listen to the rest of us that tell you every road game in the SEC can be tough…and you can lose.



    • catsarerunnin
      9:55 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      Lil Eddie knows his stuff….



    • Booby Petrino
      10:04 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      And they lost to us by 7. A win is a win. We’re 16-2 and have some big games coming up. Go Cats!



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:16 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

      LOL… “Lil” Eddie is right.



  9. kentuckybackupplayer
    9:39 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    state got a lot of bad calls too. refs were an embarassment to the profession.



  10. runningunnin.454
    9:40 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    SEC referees just suk; any conference team that gets to post-season won’t be able to take the contact…they’ll play very soft, and won’t know what is a foul, and what is not.



  11. Willis Wolf Tattoo
    9:59 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    I was channeling this guy tonight:
    https://youtu.be/NKpz4i9J6uc



  12. runningunnin.454
    10:03 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    You all want to see a really, really, really ugly game…..Wisconsin v Michigan, 26-21 at the half.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:05 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      Any fouls called??



    • runningunnin.454
      10:09 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t know…..dozed off.



    • symphonist41169
      8:14 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

      I thought about watching that game, but my wife had just finished painting the kitchen so I chose to watch it dry instead.



  13. Aar
    10:07 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like the fifth player has asserted himself. What a game by Gabriel – a budding stretch 4 and rim protector!

    Now it’s time to raise the defensive teamwork of that starting five and raise the game of the 8th/9th man (Humphries) to round this team into shape by tourney time.

    The upcoming stretch is starting to look serious – USC, a UT trap game, KU then time to go to The Swamp. Hoping for five wins!



    • RexRox
      10:12 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      I agree that there is a big chance for a letdown on the trip to Knoxville.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:13 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      UT has played some very good teams close; and Florida has only lost to three teams….Gonzaga, Duke, and Florida State, three top ten teams (at the time).



  14. trumpetguy
    10:33 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Side note and I bet I’m not the only one picking up on this, but Cal habitually screaming at guys is starting to wear on them. Shrugged shoulders and guys rolling their eyes at what they consider to be non stop “coaching/tongue lashing” is usually not a good sign, especially with only about 1/2 the season completed and a long way to go. Just a thought………



    • EdC
      10:52 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      I did notice it. Reminds me of a few years ago when he was on their case so non-stop and so venomously that him getting kicked out of a game and them playing far better when he was kicked out to make him realize he was over the line. Both Briscoe and Monk seem to really have had enough of always being wrong.



    • EdC
      11:03 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

      BTW it is a tough line to walk from the early season where he wasn’t on them at all and disciplined play was a problem. Hopefully not swinging too far the other direction.



  15. jaws2
    11:16 pm January 17, 2017 Permalink

    Just another night in the SEC. The worst officials in the nation. Get used to it. This happens EVERY game on the road. The league does not want UK to blow out anybody on their court. It’s been this way for a couple of decades.



  16. AGSlater
    12:25 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Still unsure about this team. The defense is not championship caliber. The Kansas game will be a good meter