Kentucky basketball rallies late to survive in Athens over Georgia


One more on the road. One more until 30 wins. Playing Georgia, no problem right? Wrong. Tonight was another one of those SEC games where Kentucky basketball was pushed to the max that left the Kentucky faithful on the edge of their seats.

This one, unlike the past few outings was close the entirety of the contest. In fact, the Bulldogs were the ones to have the largest lead of the game, which came later in the second half where UGA led by 9. It also lead the first time in four games in which the Wildcats trailed, at any point.

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For the rest of the second half, the Wildcats would catch back up, and run away with he lead to seal their historic 30th win. UK finished the game on a not so shabby 16-2 run, making six of their last seven field goals.

The Wildcat’s main contributors were once again the Harrison’s and Karl Towns. Towns led the way in scoring again this evening, tacking on 19 to his name while also adding seven boards. Aaron Harrison had 16 points of his own, with his brother Andrew Harrison adding on 12.

As a team, the Cats only shot 40%, while allowing the Bulldogs to go 47% from the floor. UK got off eight more shots that UGA, but completed one less field goalthan the Bulldogs.

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The Wildcats were looking like tonight could be the night they finally let one slip. Despite the that reoccurring thought that spanned throughout the nation, Towns differed on the topic.

"We were never thinking about that, we were just thinking what we needed to do at any given point to win the game."

Bulldog Marcus Thornton, who was a main contributor for the Georgia offense this evening (14 points and 7 rebounds) had some a short summary of the game for himself.

"We did some good things, some really good things, we just didn’t play perfect enough to win."

The Wildcats are now one win away from continuing their historic season, in which they would seal the deal and finish the regular season with an unblemished second column. Things are coming down to the wire, and what better time for history to be made than in the month of march?

"You have kids here that have a will to win. They believe they’re going to win.-Coach John Calipari following win in Athens."

The Bulldogs had the Cats right where they wanted them, but then failed to hit shots. The Dogs missed three front-ends of one-and-one opportunities, and went over five minutes in the closing minutes of the game without a point. The Dawgs have come a long way with their basketball program and gave UK their closest game in quite some time, but it all came down to opportunity – Kentucky converted and the Dawgs didn’t.

How does 30-0 feel?