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Ole Miss Snaps 11-Game Losing Streak vs. Kentucky with 70-62 Win

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Kentucky overcame a sluggish start to go toe-to-toe with Ole Miss, but like too many other times in the 2020-21 season, the Wildcats came up short down the stretch. The Rebels snapped an 11-game losing streak to Kentucky with a 70-62 win at The Pavillion, dropping John Calipari’s team to 8-15 on the season.

To say Kentucky slept-walk through the first 15 minutes of the game might be an understatement. They hit only five shots during that span against Ole Miss’ 1-3-1 zone. Fortunately, that defeated feeling would not linger for long.

In less than 90 seconds Kentucky made it a one-possession game, springing to life with an 8-0 run behind a pair of UK three-pointers. For the next 15 minutes of action, the two teams went to war.

Davion Mintz made one big three after another, Olivier Sarr (15 points) got to the free throw line and Keion Brooks (16 points, 8 rebounds) finished strong in the paint. As Kentucky prepared to pull away, Devontae Shuler had other plans. The Rebels’ star guard seemingly had a response to every UK bucket, giving Ole Miss enough life until opportunity struck. Shuler led all scorers with 17 points.

Whatever momentum Kentucky had in the back and forth battle was lost when Isaiah Jackson was whistled for his fourth foul with 9:14 remaining. Initially it appeared to be an offensive hook, yet Jackson was sent to the sideline. The ‘and one’ turned a tie ballgame into a 61-54 Ole Miss lead five minutes later, a deficit Kentucky could never overcome.

The Wildcats got within five points inside the final minute. Mintz found Sarr for a pick-and-pop three, but like so many other times this season, his shot was off the mark. Fifteen losses later and each one is still as deflating as the previous.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

40 Comments for Ole Miss Snaps 11-Game Losing Streak vs. Kentucky with 70-62 Win

  1. Glam Girl
    11:18 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Loved how the announcers were talking about how Cal was going to learn from this season…..GEEEEEEEEEESH

    • T-Town Cat
      11:24 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Learning and responding are two different things.

    • IndianaSucks
      11:26 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Jimmy Dykes is a big time homer to be honest so what do you expect

    • EdC
      7:37 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

      Jimmy Dykes, like DICK vitale is a failed coach. Could never even hold a job as an assistant for very long and got fired from his women’s HC gig in I think 3 years. All of those guys blow sunshine up coach’s bums all the time. It is how they keep these jobs since they couldn’t keep coaching gigs.

  2. SuperTroy18
    11:20 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    I’ve held out hope all season that they would get this right by March. It’s March. And things are as bad as they can be. Two more games left in the season. This is…a season the likes of which I never even thought could be possible. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Worst season in UK history.

  3. just a guy
    11:21 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    This is torture to watch, when a team loses every close game in last 4 minutes, it’s a coaching problem.

    • Cat4life23
      11:23 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      You’re dumb man no game for Kentucky should be that close with 4 mins left stop trying to make joke ?

    • just a guy
      11:27 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      A joke? We’ve had the lead in 7 games at the last TV timeout, and have had 7 more where the game was within 5 points. They can’t win close games.

    • Cat4life23
      11:31 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Yes a joke!! We shouldnt have to play games this close we are kentucky! If we had a Dearron Fox at G with the same line up we would embarrass teams.. All we needed was one good consistent player and everyone would fuel off that!

    • Bluehender
      11:26 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Yes. Cal doesn’t have the great point guard to bail him out at the end of games. His style depends on a guard who can break your defense down. Kinda makes it look like Cal can’t coach without one…

    • Cat4life23
      11:29 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      It goes both ways and its obvious

  4. Cat4life23
    11:21 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    This team is ass!! Get em out and restart! No way they can blame Covid for this comedy!

  5. Glam Girl
    11:21 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Oh, and does anybody really want to watch us play a quality team right now???? Anybody????

    • just a guy
      11:25 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      At this point the best thing that could happen is an absolute beat down. This repeated close games against bad teams keeps some fans believing there isn’t a systemic issue, many somehow thinking this team, minus 4 NBA players and 2-3 transfers will be so much better next year.

    • Brad Gregory
      11:27 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink


    • Glam Girl
      11:30 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Guy, it would be so much worse than a beat down. We’re getting our butts kicked right now by teams who aren’t good either. It would be humiliating. Cal isn’t capable of changing and I don’t see how it can get better if he doesn’t. This season is ALL on him.

    • EdC
      7:43 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

      And before the “one season” clowns jump in it isn’t one season. Many people have seen this coming for a long time. Once Cal got to his nirvana of almost complete team turnover with no natural, 4 year at UK seniors and very few juniors other than his friends’ kids walking on UK has accomplished nothing. The great coach has given away the overall lead to Kansas. He was 35 games ahead of Kansas at one point. Now it is 6 and will likely shrink more during conference and NCAA tournaments. His teams have lost to lower seeds in the tournament 67% of the time and 70% of the time if you include the 1st round NIT loss.

  6. TrumanClaytor > BoLanter
    11:23 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    For the first time in 50 years I’m officially done with this team before the end of the season. Cal has got to reevaluate his approach to coaching and building a team, staff, everything top to bottom going forward. Honestly could not support the argument that he’s in the top half of the coaches in the SEC right now. Embarrassing

  7. Duff86
    11:23 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Askew is so terrible. Why does he even see the floor? Most productive 5 are Mintz, Boston, Toppin, Brooks, and Jackson. Rotate Saar and Allen. Those 7 play and no one else.

    • Cat4life23
      11:27 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      What surpises me is he was listed as 5 ? by rivals! Freakin mind blown!

    • Cat4life23
      11:28 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Keep forgetting this terrible app doesnt allow emojis that (?) Is suppose to be a star

  8. Dave C
    11:25 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t worry. It’s about over. Two more games and this turd show is history. What a embarrassment.

  9. UKgrad80
    11:25 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Boston 1-9 3 pts. Really someone is going to give him a contract. If that is the case I am going for a contract also!

    • Brad Gregory
      11:28 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      I sure hope they do…..I couldn’t stand it if we have to keep him another year!

  10. jaw2152
    11:27 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    I’m wondering if there is still a chance at a double bye. LMAO. At least we won’t have to read an article about that garbage the rest of the week.

  11. UKFanSC
    11:28 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Such a frustrating team to watch. They miss more one foot shots that any team in recent memory. In particular Brooks and Jackson. Competitive enough to barely lose to anyone. A maddening season where we started out a Top 10 team and ended up making us long for the Gillespie years. The most underperforming team in decades. I will not miss a single player that leaves this team. Cal couldn’t work his magic on these guys; they never gelled. Boston, Clarke, Saar, Mintz, Allen, Ware, Fletcher, and Jackson could conceivably all be gone. Either by transfer or NBA. Clean slate.

    • Glam Girl
      11:35 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Aside from their blatant lack of respect, it would be in the program’s best interests if most of these players do come back. We need to have players for more than a year or 2 so we can have experience and watch them improve. Won’t happen probably, but it would still be a welcome change.

  12. jaw2152
    11:31 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    At some point Cal has to be held accountable for this atrocity. I’m sorry but he can’t continue to use youth as an excuse when he recruits and builds teams around youth.

    I know this year may have been a little thought at the start than usual but he constantly uses the youth card year in and year out.

    A culture has been created and it seems to be working against us for the last 5-6 years.

    • jaw2152
      11:32 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      *tougher at the start

    • Glam Girl
      11:39 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      This whole fiasco is at the coach’s feet. Been saying it for a bunch of years now. We will NEVER win another championship with the way Cal has run this program lately. NEVER. We had experience surrounding a couple of once in a lifetime players in 2012…..

  13. CALfacts
    11:37 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    Blah, blah, blah!! Wonder what excuse tonight will be? Players- oh we still believe, we are working sooo hard! BS this team doesn’t have a clue!! Cal can’t teach a zone, nor can he coach against one! Needs to be a overhaul on the coaching staff!! Other than one recruit, name 2 that you think will help turn this madness around??

    • T-Town Cat
      11:46 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      Unfortunately, the recruits coming in next year are rated as being less talented than those on this year’s team they will be replacing.

    • Glam Girl
      11:50 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

      As we’ve all learned, you can’t depend on the rankings…

  14. Droll rambler
    11:41 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    With Kentucky’s height and wingspan, there’s no reason they should get out-rebounded by Mississippi 42-26. It was obvious from the opening tip that Ole Miss wanted this game more than the Wildcats. Embarrassing.

  15. Lip Man 1
    11:54 pm March 2, 2021 Permalink

    For those who were wondering UK has had SEVEN losses this year by five points or less.


    It will be really strange not watching the tournament this year.

  16. catfanjd
    12:04 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

    Y’all had enough yet of 1 and done?

  17. waytolongcal
    12:18 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

    Well, I guess Cal is going to start selling BBN how many players he has put into the G League. So we are rebuilding next year from the last six years of Calipari, but keeping the coach! Make all the since in the world!

  18. waytolongcal
    12:24 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

    Our offensive set is “4 corners” of the shot clock era.

  19. Robkycats54
    1:24 am March 3, 2021 Permalink

    Devin Askew is trash should’ve been coming off the bench all year, constantly gets beat on defense, can’t make a wide open shot, turns the ball over every game just terrible & still plays 30 minutes a game smh

    But if dontaie makes 1 mistake he gets pulled, if cal didn’t get tossed out of that game we would never seen allen this season smh

    He’s better than Askew just not a 5star lol smh, cal terrible always preaching this is not communism but plays the 5star who produces absolutely nothing over a kid who we seen actually win a game for him this yr, no wonder why guys transfer……..