Kentucky basketball plays at Missouri at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.
Kentucky-Missouri score, live updates, stats
FINAL: Missouri 69, Kentucky 60
Living dangerously and playing sloppily — if not selfishly/stupidly — finally bit the Wildcats. Missing their first 13 3-pointers hurt, but mind-boggling bad plays, many by Hamidou Diallo, really killed them. Back to the drawing board for a young Kentucky squad that is still trying to figure out how to make the talented pieces fit. Ugly one today, and a huge one for Mizzou, which dramatically helped its NCAA Tournament hopes with that win. Barring a red-hot finish, forget a good NCAA seed for the Cats. Your full box score:
Missouri 65, Kentucky 60, 33.0 seconds 2H: Down 10 with 2 minutes to go, the Cats improbably have a chance. Gilgeous-Alexander was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 41.8 seconds left, hit all three free throws, and Mizzou nearly turned it over to UK’s press again, but Jarred Vanderbilt stepped out of bounds.
The Streak Lives! If nothing else, Kentucky’s NCAA-record streak of consecutive games with at least one made -3-pointer will continue. Wenyen Gabriel swished one with 2:53 to go, cutting the deficit to 58-50, after 13 straight misses to open the game. The Cats then trapped and forced a turnover with a chance to pull even closer — but Quade Green’s 3-point try missed.
Missouri 56, Kentucky 46, 3:29 2H: Cats not dead yet. Down 14, 5:04 to go, Jarred Vanderbilt with an offensive rebound, fouled, two free throws. He’s 6 of 6 at the line. Cats have missed him badly with the fouls. Then a Mizzou turnover, Diallo missed three, Mizzou turnover, Diallo charge — two brutal missed opportunities — but then a Vanderbilt defensive rebound, Gabriel dunk, full-court press and 10-second violation on the Tigers. UK ball …
Missouri 52, Kentucky 40, 7:54 2H: Kentucky erased a 17-point deficit with 17 minutes to go at West Virginia and 14-point deficit with 15 minutes to go against Vanderbilt in the last two games, but this one feels even more unlikely. Unless some shots start falling, the Cats are headed for both an ugly loss and the end of their NCAA-record streak of 1,035 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer. They’re 0 for 12 today.
Missouri 44, Kentucky 34, 11:55 2H: The Cats still haven’t hit a 3-pointer in this game (in 11 tries), but the Tigers have made 4 of 5 this half. So the deficit is back to double-digits. Kentucky would have to come back from 10-plus down in the final 17 minutes for the third consecutive game to pull this off. Seems unlikely, but so did the last two. Your (ugly) box score so far:
Four fouls on Vanderbilt. Jarred Vanderbilt checked in and lasted 46 whole seconds before picking up his fourth foul. After a roaring start (6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal in 12 minutes), he’s effectively been wiped out by a flurry of fouls. UK trails 41-34, 14:15 2H.
Missouri 41, Kentucky 32, 15:03 2H: When Kevin Knox put back a miss, the Cats had scored on six straight possessions to trim a 10-point halftime deficit to 1 point with 16:14 to go in the game. Just 71 seconds later, Mizzou leads by nine again. The Tigers hit a three, got a UK turnover, made a layup, got a UK miss and made another three in a blink. Wild start to this half. The Cats scored 18 points in the first 20 minutes, then 14 points in the next 4 minutes … and are still getting whupped.
Missouri 33, Kentucky 30, 16:36 2H: What an offensive explosion. Kentucky opened with the first six points of the second half, slashing the deficit from 10 to 4 in a blink, got two Diallo free throws, a hanging Gilgeous-Alexander jumper, Washington turnaround jump hook and SGA driving layup to start 3 of 3 shooting in the second half. SGA missed his next try but tipped it back in for a 4-of-5 shooting start. After a Flagrant-1 on Mizzou’s Geist and two SGA free throws, it’s a ball game.
Historically bad. Per @bigbluehistory, 18 points are Kentucky’s fewest since 16 vs. WVU in 2008. Lowest-scoring half (either half) of the John Calipari era.
HALFTIME: Missouri 28, Kentucky 18
In addition to its worst offensive half of the season, the Wildcats also finished the half with a costly lack of composure. Jarred Vanderbilt, the team’s best and most energetic player today — 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in 11 minutes — got tangled up with Missouri’s Jordan Geist with 1:01 to go in the half and had to be held back from a full-blown fight. The players were given double technicals, but upon review Vanderbilt also drew a Flagrant-1. So he now has three fouls, which is a killer for the Cats, who cannot buy a bucket and have been hanging on by a thread thanks to solid defense and good work on the glass. For the fourth straight game, it’ll be gut-check time in the second half if Kentucky wants to avoid losing. Here’s the halftime box score:
Gross. This is just an absolutely brutal display of offense by Kentucky. Now 22% FG, 0 for 9 threes and after two SKJ misses, 6 of 11 FT. Were Mizzou not also awful offensively, this would be a bloodbath. Vanderbilt is still flying all over the place (6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in 10 minutes) and is up to 38 boards in 66 career minutes (23 per 40 minutes), but it’s not nearly enough.
Missouri 26, Kentucky 18, 3:49 1H: Jarred Vanderbilt could use a little help. He’s up to 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in 8 minutes off the bench — but none of the other Cats are contributing much. Kentucky is shooting an abysmal 24 percent from the field (0 for 9 from 3-point range) and the Tigers have outscored the Cats 7-2 on second-chance points. Here’s the NSFW box score so far:
Missouri 16, Kentucky 13, 7:51 1H: UK missed 13 straight shots — Quade Green 3-pointer even stuck between the rim and backboard — and went 5 minutes without scoring as the Tigers rattled off 10 unanswered points for a 16-11 lead before Sacha Killeya-Jones swished a long jumper. Two Jarred Vanderbilt free throws drew the Cats a little closer. He was 4 fo 8 at the line before today and has made 4 of 4 this afternoon.
Missouri 13, Kentucky 9, 10:48 1H: You want the bad news first? The Cats have missed nine straight shots — including a Nick Richards dunk off a great lob by Quade Green — and the Tigers have scored seven straight points. Now for the bright side:
Jarred Vanderbilt is off to a great start: He checked in and immediately drove and kicked to a wide-open Diallo (who missed), then stepped into a passing lane for a steal and swished two free throws, then blocked a 3-pointer — all in a 2-minute burst before heading back to the bench. He said Friday he loves the rotation because, while he gets back into basketball shape, he can go all-out in short flurries. Here’s the box score so far:
Kentucky 7, Missouri 6, 15:17 1H: Kevin Puryear is going to be a problem inside for the Cats, who’ve already given up a pair of three-point plays in the paint to Mizzou’s big man. Nick Richards threw down a big early slam off a slick SGA lob, and Wenyen Gabriel scored immediately upon checking in for UK. Calipari is sticking with his new rotation, making an early three-man sub: Green, Gabriel and SKJ for Diallo, Washington and Richards.
Clock problems: Kentucky won the tip … but twice before the Cats could even run a play the game was stopped for clock issues. Teams went back to their benches and then were eventually allowed to restart layup lines while work was done to repair the clocks. But we’re about to get going now.
STARTING FIVE: After giving Wenyen Gabriel his first start of the season on Tuesday, it’s back to the usual for the Cats: Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo, Knox, Washington and Richards.
Here come the Cats. pic.twitter.com/iJ5IZixMbi
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 3, 2018
I have a soft spot for anyone hurting over an influential grandfather. Still miss my Big Daddy every day. Godspeed, Pop Pop, and good luck SKJ. pic.twitter.com/oFud7N7PE4
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 3, 2018
You are looking LIVE! at Mizzou Arena. Cats getting loose. pic.twitter.com/m0qPqzzrXa
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) February 3, 2018
Kentucky-Missouri game time, details
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
- Location: Mizzou Arena (15,061), Columbia, Mo.
- Records: Kentucky 17-5, 6-3 SEC; Missouri 14-8, 4-5 SEC
- Favorite: Missouri by 2
What TV channel is Kentucky-Missouri on?
You can watch Kentucky vs. Missouri on CBS. Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery will be on the call.
How can I watch Kentucky-Missouri online?
Stream Kentucky vs. Missouri online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the CBS Sports Network site.
How can I listen to Kentucky-Missouri on the radio?
Kentucky and Missouri will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.
- The Wildcats are 10-0 against the Tigers, 6-0 since Mizzou joined the SEC. Kentucky’s last four wins have all been by double digits — and by an average of 27.3 points. But under new coach Cuonzo Martin, these Tigers are much better, even without injured 5-star freshman Michael Porter Jr. They’ve beaten No. 18 Tennessee, won at Alabama and South Carolina and knocked off Iowa State. Kassius Robertson (16.0 ppg) and Jordan Barnett (14.0 ppg) both shoot better than 40 percent from 3-point range and 80-plus percent at the free-throw line. This will be a tricky game for the Cats.
- When John Calipari said recently that all of UK’s most effective lineup combinations include Wenyen Gabriel, he wasn’t exaggerating. Here are the four best, based on plus/minus per 40 minutes: Gilgeous-Alexander, Diallo, Gabriel, Washington, Killeya-Jones (+32.77); SGA, Diallo, Knox, Gabriel, Killeya Jones (+31.69); SGA, Diallo, Knox, Gabriel, Richards (+27.38); SGA, Diallo, Knox, Gabriel, Washington (+11.04).
- Jarred Vanderbilt is still a rebounding machine. And he’s still struggling mightily on offense. Vanderbilt said Friday that all he needs, coming off a three-month break from real basketball because of a foot injury, is “just time.” Assistant coach Tony Barbee also addressed Vanderbilt’s offensive struggles — and all of the positives he’s added to this young team.
- Freshman 7-footer Nick Richards has been much better the last two games: 19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks in 32 combined minutes. He posted 0 points and 1 rebound in the game before that in what has admittedly been a frustrating season. “I’m adjusting on the fly,” he said. “I”m kind of getting used to [college] right now, but it’s a lot. It’s a whole lot different from high school. High school, you could take breaks during the game. In college, if you take a break, you see yourself getting on the bench the rest of the game.”