Kentucky basketball unravels late, loses 76-68 at SC

Kentucky basketball unravels late, loses 76-68 at SC

Better than good. Vanderbilt looked like a midseason addition who can transform the Wildcats. Kentucky vs SC tv channel is on ESPN.

"I'm really disappointed but you know what, you gotta give SC credit, they played like Frank coaches", Calipari said.

SC misses 9 shots in a row.

The second half saw 7 fouls in the first 2:19 of play. He's made some strong moves to the bucket.

The long-awaited debut of Jarred Vanderbilt occurred with 13:09 in the first half. Sacha Killeya-Jones makes it 28-26 United Kingdom with 3:46 to go in the half.

Kentucky scored the first seven points of the second half as part of a 12-0 run that led to a 44-34 lead.

51-12 - UK's all-time series advantage over SC. SC is shooting 33%.

Chris Silva led USC with 27 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Kevin Knox paced United Kingdom with 21 points and eight rebounds. He fouled out late with a minus-14 player efficiency mark, and made the mistake that proved to be fatal when he grabbed a Gamecock players' jersey needlessly in the open court after a United Kingdom turnover. Cal took a risk putting Gilgeous-Alexander back in the game with under 2 minutes remaining. His first points of the game came at the free throw line late in the half.

United Kingdom is hot. They've hit 8 for 11 in the second half. "We really haven't scrimmaged with him - we've done some half-court stuff - but I thought he was pretty good for the first time out". Tough midrange shot. United Kingdom leads 54-40.

"I've never seen so many dumb fouls", Calipari said, then referencing a pivotal intentional foul called against Hamidou Diallo with 11:29 left in the game.

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With 8:06 to go, Chris Silva with a huge dunk and the crowd is into it. 60-55 UK.

The foul-fest continued after Wenyen Gabriel picked up his fourth foul with just over 10 minutes left.

The junior forward went off for 27 points for SC (12-6, 3-3 SEC), which hadn't beaten Kentucky in almost four years.

SC improved to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.

Kevin Knox scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but No. 18 Kentucky fell to SC 76-68 on Tuesday night at Colonial Life Arena. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had two turnovers early and SC got off to a 7-0 start causing coach John Calipari to quickly burn a timeout.

The Wildcats never got within two the rest of the way, and SC made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 50 seconds to seal it.

United Kingdom fell to 14-4 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats scored 18 points in the paint and hit 17 free throws in the first half.

The Wildcats didn't make a field goal in the final six minutes and missed five free throws in the final four minutes.

United Kingdom was 1-11 from downtown for 9%.

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