Cats Stumble At Ole Miss

It happened on the back of a 30 footer from Mississippi’s Chris Warren. After sitting for much of the first half with foul problems, the senior Warren came out of the locker room with a mission, take down the number 11 Kentucky Wildcats.

Warren was 9-15 from the field including 4-7 from behind the arc, many of those contested, but it was the last one that stuck the dagger in the heart of the Cats as Ole Miss pulled off the upset, 71-69.

The current four game stretch is the most critical of the SEC season for the Cats. At Ole Miss, at Florida on Saturday, Tennessee comes to Rupp on the night Bruce Pearls suspension ends and then a trip to the antiquated Memorial Gym at Vanderbilt.

Warrens three from the parking lot gave Kentucky exactly what it couldn’t afford, a loss to an undermanned team, a loss that could be the difference maker when it comes to the SEC Championship, a loss that could make this four game stretch a back breaker.

After a quick 17-10 start, the Cats jumped on the sloppy bus, turning the ball over five times during the next 3:36. Despite the sloppy play, Kentucky maintained a 21-17 lead and went into the half up 35-34 on an Eloy Vargas layup at the 1:11 mark.

In a game where the lead changed hands only seven times, Ole Miss held the upper hand for 18 minutes and 19 seconds, consecutively, in the second half.

The Black Bears took the lead on a Terrance Henry layup at the 19:40 mark and either led, or was tied, until a Terrence Jones free throw gave the Cats a one point lead with 1:21 remaining.

At the 10:55 mark, Kentucky trailed Mississippi 56-45, that’s when Brandon Knight went on a personal 10-3 run to draw the Cats within four at 59-55, but Ole Miss had the answer, scoring five in a row of their own and stretching the lead back to nine.

The young guns of Kentucky showed the grit and toughness that Calipari has asked from them as the men in blue fought back to take a 69-68 lead at the 1:21 mark behind Terrence Jones’ 10 points.

But Ole Miss had the answer again as Chris Warren shut the door at the 0:03 mark with his unbelievable three from, what seemed like, the moon.

In the end, Kentucky’s 18 turnovers was the surprising stat. John Clay tweeted that it was the most since Jan 2, 2010 in the war against the Dirty Birds at Rupp.

The turnovers might have been the same, but the end result was different as Kentucky losses their fifth of the year, third in the SEC and falls to 16-5 overall, 4-3 in the SEC.

We’ve uncovered one thing, the road is a long strange trip for this years Wildcats…

Up next, Florida at the O’Connell Center, this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN

Go Cats!!!


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