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UK allowed more points off turnovers last night than they have in three years


The most troubling stat from last night’s game? Kentucky’s 16 turnovers, which led to 23 points for Mississippi State, the most points off turnovers the Cats have allowed in a game in the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info research.

Kentucky’s sloppiness with the ball was a problem all night, but it was particularly painful midway through the second half, when the Cats turned the ball over five times, leading to a 17-3 run by Mississippi State. Malik Monk accounted for three of those turnovers on his way to a career-high five for the game. It’s worth noting that while Kentucky had 16 turnovers, the second most they’ve had in a game this year, Mississippi State had 19, yet another reason last night’s game was brutal to watch.

“They turned it over some, but we did, too, and the crazy thing was they didn’t press, they didn’t trap, they didn’t do anything and that’s the most turnovers we may have had all year,” Calipari said afterwards.

“I don’t know what really caused that, but we just made a couple mistakes,” Wenyen Gabriel said of Kentucky’s error-prone stretch in the second half. “People will probably call it young mistakes. We’re learning from that and hopefully by the time March (arrives) that doesn’t happen. It’s good to happen now than in March.”

That is certainly true.

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8 Comments for UK allowed more points off turnovers last night than they have in three years

  1. Realme
    11:27 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Isn’t some of this because our guys were just discombobulated by the refs taking a 5 minute break from stopping every play with a foul call?

  2. bdmnky81
    11:59 am January 18, 2017 Permalink

    I agree, Realme. My wife took a break from the game, came back 30 minutes later and was amazed that only 7 minutes of game time had run off. I was done with the refs about the same time the annoucer said he was….

  3. WeareBBN
    12:19 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    Yep, typical UK fan is to blame the refs for everything. I am more concerned about our lack of team defense than I am the refs.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:44 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      It’s hard to play defense when every ticky-tack phantom touch is a foul. Referees are ruining the game, and there is no flow. Might as will line up and have a FT shooting contest, and forgo two hours of torture.

    • Realme
      1:18 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      If you don’t think that was bad officiating, I question whether you have ever watched basketball. I didn’t say they were unfair to our team, they were equally terrible to both.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:40 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

      I mean, even the announcers were bitching about officiating, but, you keep doing you…

  4. Samattox47
    12:29 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    You would think the SEC would take charge by themselves. They cant be happy with the quality of the games featuring their best team when everyone is in foul trouble. Three Miss St players fouled out last night and then we had Bam and Briscoe in foul trouble. When the “stars” are sitting on the bench your putting forth a product of Tai Wynyard and Isaac Humphries (no offense to them) going up against the Miss St bench. Nobody wants to watch that. People want to see Bam vs Holman or Fox vs Weatherspoon. And quite honestly, people from around the country want to see Kentucky lose. Granted, Miss St hung in there but the amount of foul calls piling up and taking players out of the game is bad for the sport. It is bad for the ratings, it is bad for the conference. SEC basketball is bad as it is and these referees are making it worse by putting all the good players on the bench with foul trouble.

  5. Luether
    2:52 pm January 18, 2017 Permalink

    This is nothing more or nothing less than Freshmen playing like Freshmen…