Kentucky basketball was outscored 33-11 in the final 11:34 of a 76-68 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday night.
The 18th-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 4-2 SEC) went 1-for-11 shooting from the 3-point line, committed 32 fouls and turned the ball over 16 times. The game lacked any semblance of flow as the Cats and Gamecocks combined to attempt 74 free throws.
Kentucky crumbled down the stretch.
“This looked like a bunch of freshman playing,” John Calipari said after the game. “First time this year, I would say in the second half. The first half, you would look and say, ‘Ah, they got a nice team and da da da da.’ … In the second half, you looked at us and we looked like a bunch of freshmen playing like freshmen would play.”
SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker was in Columbia. Make sure to read his column from after the game.
In Tuesday’s episode of Wildcat Country, SEC Country’s daily Kentucky podcast, Curtis Burch and Joe Mussatto break down the game and answer questions from fans on Facebook. This podcast episode was simulcasted as a Facebook Live.
Among the topics discussed:
- Not to be lost in the loss, Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt made his much-anticipated debut, and #VandoWatch is officially over. Vanderbilt played limited minutes, but even a rusty version of himself showed loads of promise. He’s quite a big point guard at 6-foot-9.
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo struggled in the loss. Gilgeous-Alexander had 6 turnovers with no assists.
- Two Kentucky signees were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Tuesday.
- There were a couple football notes to discuss including another Music City Bowl ref story.
Don’t miss any of our Cats coverage. Follow podcast host @CurtisBurch as well as @KyleTucker_SEC for hoops and football columns and @Joe_Mussatto for football team coverage and basketball recruiting notes.