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.