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Kevin Knox Leads Kentucky to Second Half Comeback Win Over West Virginia

Kentucky’s best win of the 2018 season came in the most miraculous way possible. The Cats turned a 15-point halftime deficit into a 83-76 win.

It all started with Kevin Knox.  The small forward led all scorers with a career-high 34 points on 11-of-17 shooting.

West Virginia’s Beetle Bolden hit his fifth three-pointer to tie the game with with 1:20 to play, but Knox quickly answered with his fifth three-pointer of the night to give the Cats a late lead.  After a defensive stop, Nick Richards’ tip-dunk with 31.5 gave the Cats a five-point lead and put a dagger into the Mountaineers.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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

101 Comments for Kevin Knox Leads Kentucky to Second Half Comeback Win Over West Virginia



  1. Booby Petrino
    9:22 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Where’s the d bag that kept saying we were gonna lose by 25? Oh, this win should shut up you haters!!! Sweet victory!



  2. runningunnin.454
    9:22 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Hey AP pollsters, ki$$ our a$$es….your polls are worthless.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.



  3. Mathlete
    9:23 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Corner turned for the season at around the 16:00 mark of the second half?



  4. Cats4lyfe
    9:23 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Great win! This team showed some heart and toughness tonight! Go CATS!!!!!



  5. J-Dub421
    9:23 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Way to go Cats! What a comeback, and on the road to boot. That was an impressive win.



  6. justaguyinthebackrow
    9:23 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Where my haters/ loserville fans at tonight?



  7. kenny
    9:24 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Go cats



  8. BigBlueNationDude
    9:24 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Ill eat crow. Hell of a comeback. Cats!



    • RealCatsFan
      9:38 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Glad to see you coming on here to give them support when it is due. Great win!



  9. kenny
    9:24 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    We get a break from the pessimist for the night. Yippee!!!!



  10. AFR0_SAMURAii
    9:25 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I’ll be the 1st to say you’ll never see me type another negative thing about this group of guys again… they showed us tonight that they’re willing to fight through adversity in a tough environment.. well played Cal.. well Played.. #TweakWorked



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:36 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Props to you.

      I take back my comment on the show thread.

      We should all be celebrating tonight.
      Mega-cheers.



    • mrcoconuts
      9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Where is Skeptic tonight? Where is his call to replace the “captain” of the Titanic? What a troll. Regardless of the outcome of this season these kids showed heart and guts tonight. And I’m damn proud of them.



  11. justaguyinthebackrow
    9:28 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, 50-28 in the second half. That’s crazy.



  12. maximumscott
    9:28 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Miraculous would involve luck. This was won bc UK outplayed WV in every facet of the game in the 2nd half. They were the agressor and played extremely unselfish and for each other. Stick to FB Roushy Poo.



    • Mathlete
      9:35 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      It doesn’t hurt that West Virginia “couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat” (according to Jay Bilas), but significant credit is due to UK’s half court defense



    • runningunnin.454
      9:40 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      And that was the smartest thing he said all night; he just couldn’t figure out why. DEFENSE.



  13. kjgouk
    9:30 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Nice win. Hopefully turning point of season. 18-18 FT in second half was big part!! Anybody else get sick of Bilas trash talking us???



    • henderblue
      9:38 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. We all did. But he was singing a little different tune at the end. Duke/ESPN will probably have to have a little talk with him. What a huge win. And…it’s only January. Showed some toughness and fight tonight. Very satisfying win in front of a hostile crowd against a bunch of hackers. Their style of hand to hand combat defense is all they got.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:14 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Bilas is salty because his dookies lost at home today. 🙂



  14. runningunnin.454
    9:33 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    You got that right; killed ’em on the boards in the 2nd half; Nick and Wenyen were beasts.
    And, got the ball in before their press was set up…don’t know how they heard me.
    And Kevin is on his way to the NBA…oh phooey.



    • Kevin C
      9:43 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      ….JVandy too….11 rebs in 11 minutes.



    • jimmer
      9:49 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Yes yes yes^^^ and Knox being aggressive finally. Makes a huge difference.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:49 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      You’re right, another beast. Beat them at their own game.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:18 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Vando, I mean…tough kid.



  15. Blue Jesus
    9:33 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    The last time I remember being this pumped up after a regular season game might be when Jodie Meeks went for 54 in Knoxville. Wow. Amazing game. Don’t think I’ll be getting much sleep tonight!



  16. 4everUKblue
    9:34 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats Cats! Unbelievable comeback. I like my coach and I like my team.



  17. 502CodeRed
    9:34 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I can hear two hillbillys arguing over a couch fire.
    UK – Weez thee bayust, Go Cayuts!
    WV – Naw weez thee bayust, Les Goooo!
    UK – Naw weez thee bayustest, Go Cayuts!
    WV – Naw weez thee bayustest, Les Goooo!
    Settled over an opossum dinner and taters.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:36 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Guess you’ll be sleeping in the fetal position listening to hold me closer tiny dancer…..lol



    • runningunnin.454
      9:37 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      And weez gonna get the death penalty, huh CodRedneck?



    • KYcats11
      9:43 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Yeyah buddyyyy. Week beeat them dagum dirty birdzz by 29.



    • Atg2112
      9:38 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      You mad?



    • Booby Petrino
      9:38 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Aw, you mad lil code? Stalking us on a Saturday night after our game while your own team is playing. Hilarious.



    • EdC
      9:39 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      and one goofy mythical toothed cardinal still believing they aren’t going to lose that banner LOL



    • 4everUKblue
      9:39 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      CodeRedneck would have no life if not that of a troll.



    • catsarerunnin
      9:40 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Banner down!



    • 4everUKblue
      9:42 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      I really think Code is in prison. Why else is he alone trolling on Saturday night? You some serial killer’s prison b!tch lil code?



    • henderblue
      9:50 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Lol ?



    • RealCatsFan
      9:43 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Shouldn’t you be watching your Cards in their marquee game against Weak Forest?



    • 502CodeRed
      9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      OMG, we are losing a banner? NOOOOOO!
      Maybe I should knock my wife’s teeth out like our brethren to the east would surely do. LOL



    • 4everUKblue
      9:46 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      You don’t have a wife. No woman in her right mind would marry loser like you but thanks for playing.



    • JD
      9:49 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Somebody is mad we beat them by 29 points.



    • wyatts1
      9:55 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      What a ignorant comment. I bet you’ve heard the arguement that you stated above many times, only in reguards to the paternity tests your dad must’ve ordered against your momma. It’s ok 502 red pos dude its ok, we get it, your a troll who cant offer a original thought of his own, it’s ok. Now go enjoy your tardinals play and stfu



    • runningunnin.454
      9:55 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, CodeRedneck has a wife; he had to marry his sister. Daddygotashotgun.



    • kenny
      9:57 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Aww, you were so ready for the roast at half time. The cats had other plans though. Lol



    • 502CodeRed
      10:00 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Runnin – Marry my sister? LMAO boy if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black. Straight from Appalachia’s finest. I’m out. Take care.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:37 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t give up so easily CodeDead. Don’t you have a comeback about squirtin strippers and players being paid to play??? Oooops that’s you!!! Lol!!



    • 4everUKblue
      10:05 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Now that’s really weak Lil Code



    • wyatts1
      10:06 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Lmao, smartest comment you said all night, you better be calling it a night coward, for some reason 502 reminds me of a cracked out ashy as can be bubba gump. Anyways keep them bubba gump lips up, dont trip over them on your way to humble city you pos



    • runningunnin.454
      10:12 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      SOB CodeRedneck can dish it out…can’t take it.
      #dontcomeback.



    • EdC
      10:13 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      CodeRed … wait a second … your right hand has teeth? WTF?



    • CATandMONKEY
      10:16 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      You are correct Code. You didn’t marry your sister because she preferred your dad.



    • dballrb
      1:38 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      ???



    • Atg2112
      10:18 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Code red is an idiot, but wyatts1…you’re just being stupid and making UK fans look bad. No need for that racist bs man.



    • Eazy
      12:09 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      It’s hilarious how stupid Louisville fans are. Calling us red necks when Lexington is one of the most educated cities in the country while Louisville ranks near the bottom. Lexington is better in every way. Check the facts. Louisville is one of the worst universities in the country too. Oh, and the girls in Lex are much hotter. Louisville is a terrible place to live.



    • Eazy
      12:12 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Also, Lexington is not in Appalachia and has an average income of 12,000 more per household than Louisville. Nice try, though. Just like in basketball Lexington owns Louisville in every statistic.



    • Eazy
      12:17 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Lexington ranks in the top 25 of percentage of college graduates. Louisville isn’t even in the top 90. Lexington has way more average income. The only thing higher in Louisville is the crime rate. Louisville is one of the worst cities in America by every standard of living measure.



    • Eazy
      12:29 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Final point for code red. Do you not know these facts or are you just blatantly stupid. I’ve lived in both Lexington and Louisville and there’s no comparison. Lexington is so much nicer and the people are way classier. The stats are lopsided in Lexington’s favor. I didn’t realize how big Louisville’s inferiority complex was til I lived there. I thought it was just UK v UL but the people in Lex don’t care even hate UL and everyone knows Lexington is a far superior place to live. I guess you all are just mad Louisville is a snake pit that consistently ranks as one of the most uneducated cities. Just look at keeneland vs Churchill and UK vs Louisville. It’s not even close. I hate to talk down but you asked for it. Louisville is trash.



    • Eazy
      12:56 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      One more gem I have to share. WVU and Louisville are the two worst rated schools academically in the power 5. Lol. So you are making fun of Louisville without knowing it. Louisville is about the same as Huntington in standard of living rankings. Both awful. Lexington is 65 spots better than both. Incredible difference. I’m not surprised, though.



    • wyatts1
      1:17 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Atg2112, not racist, no more then this pos pointing out BS stereotypes. Maybe it was much, Sick of idiots like this dude talking crap about the area i was born and raised in, amongst the people i love. If you cant see the issue with his comment but you do with mine then your just as ignorant as this idiot



    • Kat4Life
      12:27 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      You are a moron……



  18. Cat68
    9:35 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Great win! Enjoyed Knox’s fight. Never would have believed Vanderbilt had 11 boards but good on him!!! Like the fight tonight!



  19. RajonTheDon9
    9:37 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt with 7 offensive and 11 total rebounds in 11 MINUTES. Wow.



    • Mathlete
      10:54 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      He got a few of those off his own missed shots. He needs a little more practice on his touch but his effort is making a huge difference at both ends of the court



  20. KYcats11
    9:38 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    VICTORY KENTUCKY



  21. EdC
    9:41 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    To me Knox’s fight is the big highlight of this game. The whole team got gritty and handled it. That was great. If Knox gets it into his head that if he is an inside physical threat as well as an outside threat he is WAY harder to stop it is a win all the way around.



  22. Bobbum Man
    9:42 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Man what a big win for the cats, lots of emotion out there and the team played hard and didn’t give up. The game looked like it was gonna get ugly for a while but they never gave up hopefully this is the turning point for them now that they see how good they can be



  23. Aar
    9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    When the schedule came out, I gave the Cats a very low chance of winning this game. Wow! What a win! Tough environment, championship caliber opponent. Took multiple haymakers on the chin, body shots and the kitchen sink and escaped with a win! Way to go Big Blue!

    Loved Vanderbit’s Contribution – first success at breaking the press, rebound machine, great passer, all-around glue guy. Speaking of glue guys – Gabriel, SKJ, Green, SGA and even Diallo all getting it together for the TEAM! Richards put back was huge and he played his best game as a Cat to date. I’m not going to say that this team has turned a corner and will be playing Kentucky Basketball from here on out but tonight they felt what it is like to come together for the name on the front of their Big Blue uniforms. My only regret is that they did not hear “My Old Kentucky Home” post-game but character building wins as big as this all come on the road.



  24. dhard
    9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Most aggressive in any game this year



  25. TB112162
    9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    All the haters that talk on this site you have anything to say



  26. Bobbum Man
    9:44 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    And Vanderbilt is a monster… imagine if we can get him goin 30 minutes a night



  27. RealCatsFan
    9:46 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I have tickets to Tuesday’s game against Vandy in Rupp/ Hope they keep this level of intensity up and don’t have a letdown. Don’t think they will lose to Vandy, but want to see this momentum continue.



  28. mrcoconuts
    9:46 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Where is skeptic tonight? Come on… call for a change in leadership



  29. RealCatsFan
    9:48 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    There has to be no better feeling than to go into the opponent’s home arena and come out with a hard fought win, especially after being down big, with a huge crowd, and College GD watching. Huge win for this team.



  30. Alleykat16
    9:57 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Whe a team goes through the loses we have the team will either keep losing those type of games or grow up and this team it seems grew up. They were 17 down at one point and down 15 at the half and they came out and won each possession to get back in the game and continued until the buzzer sounded. They showed great heart and toughness I’m so proud of the guys. Diallo said to Pratt on radio after game that Knox played his balls off. LOL. And said to build of this to keep practicing hard every day. Tuesday night is going to be a tough game Candy just beat TCU so they got alittle momentum coming in to Rupp



  31. mrcoconuts
    9:58 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    This team showed guts and heart tonight.



  32. Blue Jesus
    9:59 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Knox is the obvious MVP, but that second half might not have been possible if not for Quade Green stepping up at the end of the first half when everything was snowballing. He hit two 3-pointers, and steadied the ship a little when SGA was struggling. We were down 15 at the half, but it might have been 25!



  33. runningunnin.454
    9:59 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    THEY FOUGHT LIKE WILDCATS!
    Hey, let’s call the team that.
    1909.



  34. AmazzzingLarry
    9:59 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    The Cats may have saved their season tonight. Way to go, guys! If JV can play up to his freakish athleticism this team can go deep.



  35. dhard
    9:59 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    The te I saw tonight can compete and beat anyone. Great heart and fight.



  36. mikeintn
    10:01 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    What a game, I think it’s the best game I’ve seen in a long time, everyone played great and I mean everyone, a team win, it was great seeing everyone playing together, where is all those that wants to tell Cal how to coach? GO CATS



  37. mrcoconuts
    10:03 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I bet the haters over the last couple of weeks became “fans” again after OUR win tonight (not including them Bc they were calling for a coaching change). But WE had a great win tonight. Too bad all the HATERS missed out on this significant win!!!!!!



  38. Kat4Life
    10:08 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Wow……I didn’t think these guys had that in them…..I was wrong. Vanderbilt clearly adds a whole new rebounding dimension, as well as defense……PJ didn’t play a second of the second half to my knowledge, ya gotta think he’s going to bring it most nights…….loved Quade, tolerated Hami, was thrilled with Nick and Killeya Jones, was completely awed by Knox……and felt Gabriel, Alexander, and Vanderbilt made the difference…….team effort if I ever saw one. Cal must be thrilled, they can build on this one.



  39. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:08 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Codered is just mad because he has to spend the money he made shoveling snow for his uofl tattoo removal



    • EdC
      10:17 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Henna washes off though.



  40. devotedsoles528
    10:22 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    I loved the way this team bounced back, and the way they attacked the basket on offense in the second half! They had fun tonight!!! Shout out to everyone on the thread who stuck with this team!



  41. BluKudzu
    10:40 pm January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Here we go



  42. notFromhere
    12:09 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Great win! One game at a time, though. One game at a time



  43. blueblood4life
    1:04 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Spark to great defense awesome 2nd half these guys are coming together!!! Go Cats!!!



  44. Natureboy42
    2:56 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Go BIG BLUE!!! This is for all the fire cal we need Billy D ppl. Keep the faith all the REAL UK fans



    • catsarerunnin
      8:38 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      They will be back. They call themselves “fans” but hate it when “their” team wins.



    • Blue Bill
      9:41 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. A lot of posters missing here tonight (Jim Tom?). Can’t wait for us to lose so they can spew their negativity….. goooo Cats!!!



  45. makeitstop
    9:51 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    That was exactly what fans were looking for – gutsy performance from players we have been waiting to see, quality road win, and a sign the team may have turned the corner. Anyone calling for Cal to go really is out in left field. This is the system. Sometimes it all comes together early, sometimes late, sometimes not at all. But the criticism of the team previously as not tough enough or too selfish wasn’t haters it was the coaches and some of the players! And they were right… until last night, and the UofL game, of course. Let’s hope they keep it u but keep in mind it may be two steps forward one step back and it’s still progress towards March.



  46. kentuck1
    10:48 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt’s 11 rebounds were 11 rebounds that WVU didn’t get. It was a big factor in the game. He and Knox play very well together. The secret to this team succeeding, in my opinion, is finding the best five players to put on the floor at the same time. I think Alexander has to be in the game for his defense and driving ability. These guys need to be in the game at the end. Who are the other two starters in the last two minutes ?? Richards? Sacha Killea Jones? Quade Green? Hamidou? PJ Washington?

    When the Cats cut the lead to 10 and then hit the three to cut it to 7, they knew they were within striking distance. It took them awhile to figure out their press and how to get the ball in bounds, but they figured it out and made a great comeback. Definitely the best 2nd half of the year!



    • Aar
      5:22 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      As of right now, I think all nine guys are good enough to have in at the end of games. When it comes down to “the opponent must foul” situations, SKJ’s foul shooting is a liability and Gabriel’s isn’t what you really want. Otherwise I like all of them,



  47. robson15
    10:51 am January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt does the intangibles better than anyone I’ve seen come through the program in a long time. He’s like a “glue guy.”



    • ballplayerstu
      12:51 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      You are Right, he reminds of T Jones and Gilcrest. Good point…



  48. ballplayerstu
    12:50 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been saying to everyone to give this team time. Richards and Knox are getting it now and look out!! Rankings mean nothing til mid February along with key top 40 wins.. thus they take into account of injuries as well. We all need to applause these players and cheer them on every year! These recruits read and hear of the 2% of UK haters when times are bad. Trust in Cal!! Go Cats!!!



  49. Western42
    11:18 am January 30, 2018 Permalink

    Vanderbilt is a monster!!!