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Could SEC tourney semifinal loss turn out to be a blessing for Calipari’s Cats?

Reid Travis gets an extra day of rest because UK lost to Tennessee Saturday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After winning 13 straight Southeastern Conference Tournament games, Kentucky finally lost one Saturday to Tennessee and won’t have a chance to win a fifth straight SEC tourney title today.

But could that be a good thing for Kentucky?

Actually, it could be. Here’s why:

Admiral Schofield didn’t mean any disrespect to “prestigious” Kentucky program

Tennessee had more to be happy about Saturday than Kentucky. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Going into Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal against Kentucky, Tennessee players felt there was a certain lack of respect for them from the Wildcats.

After the Vols beat Mississippi State Friday night, senior Admiral Schofield said his team wanted to be respected and that he could sense when certain teams didn’t respect the Vols.

Calipari on No. 1 seeds, using S-curve for pairings

John Caliipari got a little upset during Saturday’s game. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has a 27-6 overall record after losing 82-78 to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

A win could have put UK as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament but it’s more likely now that UK will be a two seed when the NCAA selection committee announces the tournament pairings Sunday night.

Does Calipari think his team should be a No. 1 seed?

UK-Tennessee postgame notes, numbers

Keldon Johnson (Jeff Houchin Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY vs. TENNESSEE

SEC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS | BRIDGESTONE ARENA | NASHVILLE, TENN.

MARCH 16, 2019
ATTENDANCE: 20,933, largest ever for an SEC Tournament game in Bridgestone Arena

Final Score: No. 8 Tennessee 82, No. 4 Kentucky 78           

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 27-6 overall, ending a three-game winning streak. Tennessee is 29-4.
  • UK leads the Tennessee series, 155-73.

o    On Feb. 16, UK won 86-69 in Lexington.

o    On March 2, Tennessee won 71-52 in Knoxville.

Cats blow 8-point lead in final 3 minutes, fall 82-78 to Vols

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Kentucky had the game right where it wanted with a 72-64 lead over Tennessee with less than three remaining in the SEC Tournament semifinals here Saturday.

Instead, Tennessee rode the play of Grant Williams to a miraculous rally to beat Kentucky 82-78. The Vols hit four of their final five shots and scored 18 points in the final 2 minutes, 45 seconds to beat UK for the second time in three tries this season.

“With an eight-point lead we should win that game but they (Tennessee) said they were not stopping. You’ve got to give them credit,” Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Abbey Cheek’s home run leads massive Kentucky comeback

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a game that featured just about everything, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and the bottom of the sixth innings to come from behind and claim the series from Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon, 9-8.

It was UK’s 10th-straight win.

In sunsplashed John Cropp Stadium, fans were treated to an offensive slugfest that saw a grand slam, three-run home run, solo home run, five pitching changes – and UK’s largest comeback win of the season. With the result, Kentucky remains perfect on the season in Southeastern Conference play and is now 5-0 with a 19-7 overall record. The Bulldogs fall to 19-7 overall and are 0-2 in SEC play.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 2 over Vols

Tyler Herro enjoyed UK’s win over Tennessee in Rupp Arena. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

They have played twice, on each team’s home court, and the home team had its own way against the visitor each time. Now, these two giants of the this SEC season will collide in the SEC Tournament’s Semifinals to determine which of them will earn a #1 seed in next week’s NCAA tournament and which will settle for a #2 seed. The stakes have not been higher than this in an SEC Tournament since perhaps the wars between Pitino’s Cats and Richardson’s Hogs in the 1990s.

Kentucky gets a “steal” with Keion Brooks’ commitment

Keion Brooks (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After missing out on some top recruiting targets in the 2019 class, Kentucky coach John Calipari got another top five-star player Friday night when Keion Brooks of Indiana picked UK over Indiana and Michigan State.

The 6-7 Brooks plays for unbeaten La Lumiere, the No. 1 team going into the GEICO Nationals. He participated in the USA Basketball junior national team minicamp and will play in the Jordan Brand Classic and Allen Iverson Roundball Classic.

UK-Vols a “great day” for SEC Tournament

Immanuel Quickley had 12 points for UK Friday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi State went 0-4 against Kentucky and Tennessee this season.

Today UK and Tennessee play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals after Kentucky beat Alabama and Tennessee eliminated Mississippi State Friday.

Mississippi State coach Ben Howland was asked after his team’s loss to make a prediction about the Kentucky-Tennessee game — and he sort of did.

I didn’t see Kentucky play today, so I’m not sure of Reid Travis, how he looked or did. He’s obviously a key guy. He’s the guy that matches up with (Grant) Williams inside,” Howland said. “They both handily won those two games.