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Kentucky’s Late Comeback Bid Falls Short in 81-80 Loss to Arkansas

For a moment the ball appeared to finally bounce Kentucky’s way. Even after a go-ahead three-pointer in the final seconds, luck was not on the Wildcats’ side. UK dropped to 5-13, 4-7 in the SEC, after Arkansas’ 81-80 win at Rupp Arena, their first in Lexington since 2014.

After a slow shooting start and a seemingly uninspired performance, the Cats got a little life late in the second half. Two calls that went against Isaiah Jackson served as huge momentum swings.

Early in the second half a lob was directed to the athletic power forward. Grabbed by an Arkansas defender, he still somehow fought through the contact to make an improbable tip-in. If he made the free throw, the ‘and one’ would have cut the Arkansas lead to four. Instead, the call was ruled on the floor. The possession resulted in a B.J. Boston turnover that turned into an Arkansas ‘and one,’ extending the Razorbacks’ run to 11-0 and giving them a 10-point lead.

Another questionable call actually lifted the lackadaisical Cats late in the game. After he was called for a reach-in foul, the power forward was animated. Even though he did not direct his grievance right to the official’s face, Jackson received a technical foul. Arkansas hit the following free throws, but it ticked off his Kentucky teammates, sparking an 8-0 run that got UK within four just before the crucial final four-minute stretch.

Olivier Sarr played big by not playing big in the paint. He used his long-range shooting ability to knock down three three-pointers, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the final eight minutes to give Kentucky a much-needed lift offensively. With about 40 seconds remaining he drew a double team in the post and found B.J. Boston open for a three from the wing that closed the gap to 78-77.

Arkansas missed the first free throw on the ensuing possession, leaving the door open for Kentucky. Davion Mintz delivered, drilling a three-pointer from the wing to give the Cats an 80-79 lead. It looked like the game-winner the BBN had been waiting for. That feeling of hope was quickly erased.

Arkansas got one more look, a missed contested shot off the glass. On the offensive rebound, Jacob Toppin appeared to block the shot, but officials intervened, calling a foul and sending Jalen Tate to the free throw line. The Northern Kentucky grad transfer was calm, cool and collected, burying both free throws to secure the victory for Arkansas.

This Kentucky basketball team can’t catch a break.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

73 Comments for Kentucky’s Late Comeback Bid Falls Short in 81-80 Loss to Arkansas



  1. EdC
    9:20 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Ok, anybody … was ANYBODY surprised at the quality of the out of bounds after a time out play call?



  2. DaaaaCats
    9:20 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Did anyone else laugh during that last possession? What a perfect embodiment of this season



  3. Looother
    9:21 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    As predicted by my sources, the kneeling Cats got bent over by the tougher Hogs…



    • spincr4hire72
      9:27 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Still hung up on kneeling huh? Your step dad must have had you do that a lot



    • Look Out Fireworks
      9:29 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      YOU WIN THE COMMENT SECTION!!!

      Now can you quit with this stupid, worn out joke.

      I believe we blew out Florida in the game they kneeled, and have looked like fools in the games they didn’t.



    • Blue Bill
      9:38 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      THAT was funny 4hire72.



    • Nokneeling
      9:41 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      The official Cats slogan is now: The team that kneels together, loses together!



    • ibescootch
      9:59 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      ‘Fireworks’ LITERALLY just said that we blew out Florida the game that the players kneeled. You can’t get any more opposite of a reality than what you just said.



    • Axel72
      10:00 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      We all get it many of us didn’t like the kneeling, move on or stop watching.



    • Rdcombs
      10:26 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Can you dumb f##ks please just leave the site unless you wanna talk about things that are relevant?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:45 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      You all must be new here. Loooooooother is a long time troll. Ironically though, he’s not wrong about the kneeling being a distraction. That was a major failure of leadership on Cal’s part.



  4. JT55
    9:21 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Who cares anymore. Watching the same thing again and again and expecting a different outcome is madness.



    • EdC
      9:26 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Is there some pill you can take for you OCD to just keep you from saying this in at least 1 thread?



  5. Glam Girl
    9:22 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    I cannot unsee what happened. 4 seconds and that’s all we got?????



  6. Dave C
    9:23 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Hahaaaaaa. This is unbelievable. And understand…theres a great chance we lose out. A Great Chance.



  7. UKFanSC
    9:24 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    The most frustrating team in decades. They do just enough to lose.



  8. JGo
    9:25 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Well, you should have never been down 10 or down 1 with 4.3 secs to go, but WOW. The play drawn up to run was to pass it to Saar in the middle of the court basically nullifying any chance of a good pass to anyone open.no direct pass to other side of court to call TO, setting yourself up for a closer shot. Do we NOT practice this?????



    • cardinthedesert
      10:02 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Had no more time outs. Thanks Cal.



  9. Duff86
    9:25 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Askew is so terrible and he’s so lazy. He should have ran to that ball, instead he stopped short and waited for Sarr to pass it to him. There were several other plays he completely gave up on as well. Plus, he missed the rim on that three by a mile.



  10. GM1978
    9:25 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Horrific foul call that gave Ark the lead



    • Axel72
      9:48 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Yes it should have been called #10 for Ark he pushed Boston to the ground. Again they just don’t have that toughness and will, when things are going bad that makes a huge difference. When your not elite you have to turn it into a rock fight.



  11. Headhurts
    9:25 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    No guard to bring the ball up, 4.3 is enough time run a guard full court.



  12. Bluehender
    9:28 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Our 7 footer with the ball in the backcourt with 4.3 seconds to go. Good call Cal…



    • runningunnin.454
      9:40 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Ha ha ha, Bh; how long did Sarr stand there, and hold the ball? I thought we were leading for a sec, and killing the clock….ha ha, no I didn’t.



    • Bluehender
      9:45 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Who’s he gonna blame it on in the press conference, rg?



    • runningunnin.454
      9:48 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Dontae Allen.



    • Bluehender
      9:53 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Lol…no doubt.



  13. dave1964
    9:28 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Complete TRASH the entire team.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:48 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Stop with that. You can state your opinion without calling people trash. That’s over the line.



    • LanceSAdams
      10:52 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      He’s not wrong



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      1:36 pm February 11, 2021 Permalink

      He is wrong actually. That’s just too personal IMO.



  14. InigoMontoya
    9:28 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Nice final pass; dumb as a box of rocks.



    • Bluehender
      9:35 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      What was dumb was him being in the backcourt period. On Cal…



  15. JT55
    9:29 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Please leave Cal. You’re not wanted here. Take your scrub NBA lottery rejects with you.



  16. LayTheOdds
    9:31 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Cal has been exposed as a mediocre game coach once again.



    • EdC
      9:33 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      You take that back. He should strive to just be mediocre.



  17. bankerbh
    9:33 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Loss is on Cal. They come out of the time out and there was only 1 UK player to take the ball out. Then to have your 7 footer receive the ball over 60 feet away from the basket and have to initiate the last play in 4 seconds? Who calls that crap? Cal put Sarr in a bad position. Nuf said.



    • Bluehender
      9:36 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Exactly…Sarr should never have had the ball on the backcourt..



    • Bluehender
      9:37 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      In



  18. recliner coach
    9:34 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Need to amend his contract and require him to get tossed from every game 1st half



  19. ThankfulCat
    9:36 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Refs screwed us bad. Clean block called a foul. Guy took 4 steps before Brooks 5th foul



    • Bluehender
      9:39 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      It was a bad call…that wouldn’t get called against the home team on any court in America.



  20. Stop Hammer Time
    9:37 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    7 footer bringing it up the court. That’s gold standard, almost platinum!



  21. ukcat70
    9:37 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Lost game at free throw line…9 misses. Brooks was terrible….Sarr not a force…..Bad shooting from 2 AGAIN. Had a chance at the end, but could not get important rebound!



  22. Stop Hammer Time
    9:37 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Also, goooooooo! He makes 27k per day. Haha!!!



  23. Glam Girl
    9:38 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t blame the players as much as I am totally baffled by the coaching. These guys aren’t very good. Sad thing is we’ll have a whole new roster to try to get to know next season and unless they are legit superstars that can win on their own, it will be more of the same. Unless you have veterans to mix the new players with, this is what you get. Sad, sad, sad



  24. Jarisn02
    9:39 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    I have 500 dollars to go towards Cal’s 52 million buyout, who’s with me? We can do it!



  25. ukcat70
    9:39 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Jackson…stupid play, gets tossed & gives Hogs 4 free throws…makes no sense!



    • Bluehender
      10:18 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      It wasn’t a foul. The baseline ref was in a bad spot to make that call. But still you can’t lose your cool there. Not sure what he did to get teed up but you gotta keep your composure there



  26. ukcat70
    9:40 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Allen…another no show!



    • unbridled
      9:52 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      He never got the chance to get off the bus. Thanks coach. If Allen were smart he would transfer to Louisville



  27. Blue Bill
    9:42 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    I didn’t get to watch the first half, did Allen foul out in the first half in 9 minutes? WTH?



    • Axel72
      9:52 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      He shot twice, one hit the side of the backboard.



    • peaches76
      11:35 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      And he couldn’t guard anybody on their team tonight. Surely everyone watching saw that.



    • Bluehender
      9:52 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      He takes bad shots because he doesn’t get to an open spot on the floor and if by some chance he does, then they don’t get the ball to him. He cannot be effective in Cal’s offense because we don’t have a point guard who can/will drive the lane and pass out to an open shooter such as Allen.



    • Jpcat15
      9:54 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Yep- point guards are weak



    • Jpcat15
      9:53 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      I like Allen but he needs a top notch PG to find him when he is ope. Our PG’s always deliver passes too late. Allen was not good when he was out there.



  28. unbridled
    9:51 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    This team is nothing but losers. Fact. They are more concerned with espousing ignorant communist propaganda than they are with winning basketball games. I love coach cal, but this travesty of a season is on him. How does he not realize that we can do sooooo much better than this buffoonery?



    • T-Dog
      10:00 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      Please explain what you mean by “ignorant communist propaganda.” I’m just a simpleton, but I’ve seen you and several other parrots throw that line out there several times on recent threads.



    • spincr4hire72
      7:36 am February 10, 2021 Permalink

      People like to confuse communism with equal rights these days.



    • DoubleB65
      10:03 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

      They’re thugs….actually more like “wanna be thugs”. Get it right.



  29. Lip Man 1
    10:01 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Kentucky now 1-5 in games decided by three points or less. No killer instinct, don’t know how to finish games. They need to lose every game the rest of the season, literally end the year or something like a 10 game losing streak.



  30. Stop Hammer Time
    10:03 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Nike is probably sick of spending good money on Kentucky players. As long as Cal is the coach wouldn’t be surprised if they start placing 5 star kids earmarked for Kentucky to other schools.



  31. tmcclan16
    10:04 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Calipari is the absolute worst end game manager I have ever seen. Why in the hell are the guards diving to the corners and leave the 7 footer to dribble the ball up the floor with 4 seconds and your down by 1! 1! Idiot



  32. mashman 93
    10:13 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    We make 14 threes and win on the glass 42-33, but go 16-25 from the stripe. My head hurts.



  33. Brad Gregory
    10:15 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    What can you say that hasn’t already been said. We just keep inventing ways to give wins away



  34. Nugget01
    10:24 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Not that it matters much at this point, but I actually saw quite a bit of fight out of the team tonight. Hate the loss, but like how they never hung their heads or seemed deflated. Fought till the end and lost on a questionable call.



  35. Rdcombs
    10:30 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Please quit blaming this teams struggles on kneeling. They are just not very good at all and have very bad luck on top of that.



  36. Nugget01
    10:30 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Also liked that Allen sat the bench most of the night, because that dude is really bad. Accept when he’s hitting shots which seems like almost never. I mean, that also sums up my 8 year old nephew.



  37. sgd
    10:31 pm February 9, 2021 Permalink

    Our last inbound play of the 1st half was just as bad as the 1 that ended the game. Cal is not a coach and needs to go.



  38. millertim
    7:21 am February 10, 2021 Permalink

    Where is “Megan” to defend her father??? Obviously she believes this loss, like the other 12, are the fault of BBN…