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Today on KSR, Presented by Premium Seats at the SEC Tournament: What Happened at South Carolina?

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Kentucky lost to South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena, again.

HOW?!?!?!?

The Cats were in cruise control the entire game. South Carolina’s subpar offense continued to do its thing. Then the final ten minutes happened. An 11-point lead turned into a three-point loss thanks to a desperation three off the glass at the buzzer by Jermaine Couisnard. It was the perfect (sand)storm for a UK upset.

  • Foul Trouble
  • One Guy Goes Crazy
  • Missed Free Throws
  • Offensive Rebounds

There were 54 fouls called in 40 minutes. Ashton Hagans and E.J. Montgomery fouled out, while Nick Richards was limited to only 24 minutes of action. It paved the way for 11 South Carolina second chance points and 20 offensive rebounds. What’s worse — half of South Carolina’s second half misses resulted in an offensive rebound.  In Richards’ place for a majority of the second half, Montgomery had zero rebounds and three fouls.

The Cats also continued to suffer from an announcer curse at the free throw line. Every time an SEC Network broadcaster praised UK’s excellent free throw shooting, the ball clanked off the rim. Once the best free-throw shooting team in the country, they made 25-of-35 in Columbia.

Above all else, one guy became a hero at the right time. The original South Carolina hero was Devan Downey. This time it’s Jermaine Couisnard, a true freshman that scored in double figures in only five games entering the matchup with Kentucky. His career-high 26 points were ten more than his previous high-water mark. He sunk four threes, including the dagger at the buzzer.

 

Could they have stopped the Buzzer-Beater?

Some people believe Calipari should have called his final timeout and set UK’s defense after Quickley tied the game. Others simply think they should have played tighter defense in the frontcourt. What do you think?

For the record, I’m in the camp of, ‘What more could you ask them to do?’ They forced a freshman to take a running prayer. If they defended him any closer, a trip to the foul line was inevitable.

Derek Abney was in the Building

There’s at least one positive from the win. Remember that time he set a record for career punt return touchdowns?

 

Still thinking about the loss?

Maybe watching more college basketball tonight will help you forget.

  • 7:00: Cincinnati at #22 Memphis on ESPN
  • 8:00: ODU at WKU on CBSSN
  • 9:00: #20 Colorado at Arizona State on ESPN2
  • 9:00: EKU at Belmont on ESPNU
  • 11:00: Santa Clara at #1 Gonzaga on ESPN2

If not, this monstrous dunk by Alex Poythress may do the trick.

A UK Football Addition

There was some good news on the recruiting front yesterday. Darren Green announced he’ll join the Kentucky football program next fall. The linebacker recorded 12 sacks for North Hardin High School in 2019. The more North Hardin players Vince Marrow convinces to come to UK, the better. Octavious Oxendine is the biggest piece of the puzzle right now. Running back Lavell Wright and defensive back Jordan Lovett are the next ones in the Big Dog’s crosshairs.

A Major Announcement

If you don’t want to think about basketball, you’re going to have to hear from the UK basketball front at approximately 10 a.m. this morning. What are JMI, UK Athletics and The Lexington Center announcing at Rupp Arena? It’s not entirely clear, although when those parties get together for a press conference at Rupp Arena I have a feeling naming rights are on the table. Stay tuned.

A Top 15 Matchup at Memorial Coliseum

The best way to get over a bad loss is with a good win. Rhyne Howard and the Kentucky women’s basketball team can do that tonight when Texas A&M comes to Memorial Coliseum for a matchup between a pair of top 15 teams. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Lynn Bowden is on KSR

Kentucky’s Paul Hornung Award winner will join Matt Jones and the KSR crew to talk about his historic career and promote an upcoming signing tour that begins Friday night at KSBar and Grille. You can reserve your spot before the event by picking up a ticket in advance at KSBar.

Come see about it.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for Today on KSR, Presented by Premium Seats at the SEC Tournament: What Happened at South Carolina?



  1. StillBP
    9:30 am January 16, 2020 Permalink

    Lots of upsets last night. Other than Baylor and FL St, the higher ranked teams got upset. I wonder if Auburn fans are trashing Pearl like ours were Cal. They got throttled by an Alabama team we beat fairly easily. College basketball is weird this season.



  2. Aar
    9:35 am January 16, 2020 Permalink

    So, masked under all of the things that went wrong were the fact that the Cats basically shut down USC’s two best players. Montgomery had a beautiful +13 first half without scoring. Quickley’s shooting was clutch. Despite the horrid officiating (on both sides), lots of Cats played extended minutes in foul trouble. The second string did not completely give up the game in their most extensive playing time in quite a while. Tryin to squeeze some lemons here, BBN.



    • Irwin R. Fletcher
      9:45 am January 16, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with ya’. Though Montgomery not grabbing a single board in the 2nd half…. what’s up with that?



  3. UKLugo
    9:59 am January 16, 2020 Permalink

    And we’d been getting roasted on the drive the entire 2nd half. So I think IQ actually played it smart. It just didn’t work out. Shouldn’t have come to that. That’s the more frustrating part.



  4. StuckinLville
    2:00 pm January 16, 2020 Permalink

    What happened is our guys were starting to get the big head and they learned the hard way that they have to play hard through the whole game. They will be ok…hopefully.