Kentucky basketball hits a new high with a loss to South Carolina

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Recreation day: South Carolina 71, Kentucky 68

Click on under for extra from the Herald-Chief’s and Kentucky.com’s protection of Tuesday evening’s males’s basketball recreation between Kentucky and South Carolina at Rupp Enviornment.

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A recreation that was anticipated to be a confidence booster for a reeling Kentucky basketball group rising from its worst lack of the season as a substitute turned towards the unthinkable.

South Carolina United Kingdom had been defeated 71-68 on Tuesday evening at Rupp Enviornment, an unimaginable outcome for a Wildcats who marched house to be favorites by 19.5 factors.

The guests dominated your complete recreation.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 21-6 lead early within the first half and led Kentucky by ten factors – a 42-32 rating – at halftime.

Notably, South Carolina is the bottom ranked group within the Southeastern Convention and one of many worst energy convention groups in all of school basketball.

Going into Tuesday evening’s recreation, the Gamecocks are ranked 214th nationally within the KenPom rankings, 263rd nationally within the NCAA’s NET rankings, and 272nd nationally within the Torvik scores. Their offense is weaker than their protection—which is not at all sturdy—but South Carolina managed a 56.7 % capturing in opposition to the Cats within the first half, and 48.2 % within the recreation.

The Gamecocks averaged 64.3 factors per recreation and shot 39.6 % from the ground heading into Tuesday evening. Three days earlier than they got here to Lexington, they went lacking Tennessee house recreation 85-42. Towards the Kentucky protection, they’d matched their level complete for that total recreation by halftime.

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South Carolina’s JJ Jackson celebrates after hitting a three-pointer in opposition to Kentucky on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at Rupp Enviornment in Lexington, Kentucky’s Silas Walker swalker@herald-leader.com

Kentucky, which has a 1-5 file in away video games at Rupp Enviornment, is enjoying #5 Tennessee on Saturday afternoon, by the best way. The Wildcats’ current highway journey — Saturday in Tuscaloosa — ended at Loss 78-52 to Alabamathe third largest shedding margin of John Calipari’s 14-year tenure.

Junior Ranger in South Carolina Mitchie Johnson He completed with 26 factors on Tuesday evening, scoring 16 of these and going 4-for-5 from three-point vary within the first half. Johnson entered the sport averaging 12.2 factors per recreation and capturing 30.7 % from depth.

Oscar Chipuiy led Kentucky with 19 factors and 12 rebounds. However there wasn’t plenty of constructive takeaways for wild cats.

When South Carolina jumped out to a 13-2 lead lower than 5 minutes into the sport, Calipari referred to as a timeout. There have been a number of boos from the Rob Enviornment crowd. When the final horn sounded to sign the tip of the primary half, there was one other spherical.

A Rupp fan held up an indication that learn, “Please go to Texas,” referring to the Longhorns’ head coach’s emptiness and speculating that Calipari may very well be a primary candidate to fill it up.

Star rookie Casson Wallace left the Wildcats bench at one level through the first half. United Kingdom introduced within the first half that he was uncertain about returning with a decrease again damage. He was by no means seen once more.

Junior striker Jacob Tobin sat out Tuesday’s recreation With a shoulder damage he suffered within the second half of the loss to Alabama over the weekend.

Adou Thiero and Ugonna Onyenso by no means performed.

CJ Fredrick did certainly return to the UK – after lacking three video games with a finger damage – and completed with 14 factors. His three-pointer with 51 seconds out reduce South Carolina’s result in 69-68, however that is as shut because the Cats may get.

Kentucky fell to 10-6 on the season and now has a 1-3 file within the Southeastern Convention.

The Wildcats received 28 straight video games at Rupp Enviornment on Tuesday evening.

This story was initially revealed Jan 10, 2023 9:01 PM.

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Ben Roberts is the College of Kentucky males’s basketball hit author for the Lexington Herald-Chief. He beforehand specialised in protecting UK basketball recruiting and created and maintains the Subsequent Cats weblog. He’s a local of Franklin County and first joined the Herald-Chief in 2006.
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