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Its safe to state that Mintz was not happy about the call, sharing this to his Instagram story after the video game.
Goodness gracious, @dontaieallen11.
After the sluggish start, thats how you get yout team going.
? @espn– https://t.co/GB24CPM58x pic.twitter.com/ohSHSKBRbF
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 16, 2021
Thats a heck of a sell?? lol pic.twitter.com/2Aos3Iw5Nn
— KY Insider (@KyInsider) January 16, 2021
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” We let one slip away on the road.” Thats something John Calipari was best about on Saturday.
Days after letting Alabama drain 14 three-pointers, it effectively removed the shot from the SECs second-best three-point shooting team, yet it still wasnt enough to leave Auburn Arena with a win. The Wildcats have now lost at Auburn for the 4th time in five years after the 66-59 loss dropped UK to 4-8. There hasnt been a Kentucky team with a worse record through 12 games given that Adolph Rupp ended up being the Cats head coach.
The loss at Auburn is more infuriating than the previous seven for a couple of factors and John Calipari only made it worse in his postgame interview. Before we get to that, heres how it all unfolded.
Hideous First Half
” Ugly” cant rather accurately sum up the first half. The score was 2-2 at the first media timeout. Kentucky missed its very first six shots. Auburn started 1-of-15 from the flooring. Both teams werent missing out on a lot of contested shots; neither could make a layup. Fortunately, Dontaie Allen and Jacob Toppin participated in the lineup and offered UK something offensively, taking a 9-2 benefit at the 11-minute mark. All of it started with an emphatic surface at the rim by Allen.
The play was reviewed for a flagrant nasty. Unlike college footballs targeting, officials can not waive off an inexpedient foul. Sharife Coopers acting offered Auburn the ball and started a 16-5 run over the next five minutes that was sustained by shift points off a couple of Boston turnovers. Regardless of a late push, this run proved to alter the video game.
One Final, Impressive Push
Despite the fact that Boston will draw the ire from the majority of fans, Olivier Sarr was a significant part of the issue too. Sarr was -15, the worst on the team, and uninspiring in the post as the Tigers got 16 offensive rebounds. Once Boston and Sarr were pulled, Kentucky made a push that was practically adequate to win.
With a minute to play, Toppin but a BODY on an Auburn protector. The nastiest Wildcat dunk of the season was not called an And One, but it still made it a two-point video game.
Despite quiting a layup to Cooper on the occurring possession, Kentucky had another opportunity. Askew made his first totally free throw, then missed the 2nd. The rebound was confined by Keion Brooks. Rather of calling a nasty on either of the two Auburn protectors that swarmed the UK sophomore, officials called a jump ball. Belongings went to Auburn, the Tigers made their complimentary tosses and ended the video game.
A Harsh Reality
Kentucky is probably not going to make the NCAA Tournament. Its a difficult pill to swallow, however its the reality we should accept after the loss at Auburn.
Despite the fact that UK has actually struggled at Auburn Arena over the last 5 years, the Tigers are not a great basketball group. This was simply their 2nd SEC win of the season. Every innovative stats owner called this video game a gamble. This was a game Kentucky required to win, they were in a position to win and failed to complete the task. John Calipari should have all of the blame for this loss.
Next weeks schedule will relax on the Wildcats. After that four top 25 groups await. This group has not done anything to encourage us they can defeat good groups and their head coach has actually refrained from doing anything to suggest he will make considerable changes to guarantee UK will not miss out on the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky had an opportunity to run away with the game early on, however stopped working to discover a rhythm offensively. A minimum of they discovered who could offer points, even if it wasnt enough to make 2nd half minutes.
Where are Allen and Toppin?
Its the concern the BBN was asking when neither player, who each led the Cats in scoring with 8 first half points, was on the wood at the start of the 2nd half. It took more than 4 minutes for Toppin to enter into the video game and more than 6 for Allen to receive some playing time. Why werent they playing?
” I desire to win every video game I coach, but the opposite of it is, Im not trying to take anyones heart away,” Calipari said, ” so you can sub them when three, four minutes and go.”
They just got a few minutes at a time. Allen was available in cold for the final minute of the game, ending up with eight 2nd half minutes as the only gamer with a favorable +/- over the last 20 minutes.
BJ Boston: Still bad
At the start of the season, the BBNs fascination with Dontaie Allen appeared to originate from his status as a house state hero. Despite the fact that the head coach might feel thats still the case, now fans want him to play since hes one of the few gamers that can actually make shots. The aggravation is amplified when BJ Boston is the factor Allen is on the sideline.
Boston scored 5 points, making simply 2-of-9 basket in 27 minutes of action. When hes on the flooring, its not that he is simply not assisting– Boston is injuring the group. He devoted five turnovers, 2 of which remained in the most essential stretch of the video game. Its one thing to provide a gamer a long leash. All that additional slack on Bostons leash is choking the rest of the team.
The Turning Point
Despite the poor play from the Wildcats, they really led by one with ten minutes to play and appeared to be scrapping their way to victory. Authorities fell for the floppingest flop because Chris Jones set the standard for horrible flops in 2015.
There hasnt been a Kentucky group with a worse record through 12 video games considering that Adolph Rupp became the Cats head coach.
It took more than four minutes for Toppin to get into the game and more than 6 for Allen to get some playing time. Boston scored 5 points, making just 2-of-9 field objectives in 27 minutes of action. Sharife Coopers acting offered Auburn the ball and started a 16-5 run over the next 5 minutes that was fueled by shift points off a few Boston turnovers. Possession went to Auburn, the Tigers made their complimentary tosses and ended the game.