The Kentucky men’s basketball team is a blue-blood team that has seen some downs over the years, but has never lost a game like this before.
No. 17 Wildcats Down 89-85 to not ranked gonzaga They lost their third straight game at home on Saturday. It’s the first time Kentucky has lost three straight games at Rupp Stadium, which opened in 1976 and has gone through six head coaches over the years.
The last time Kentucky lost three consecutive home games was in 1966, when Rupp Arena namesake Adolph Rupp had arguably the worst season of his career with a . 13 wins and 13 losses. Interestingly, one of the senior linebackers on the team is named Pat Riley.
The Wildcats’ previous home losses this season were Penalty shootout 103-92 vs. No. 6 Tennessee and 94-91 upset go through Florida.Add a new one 105-96 win Prior to the back-to-back win over Georgia, Kentucky was allowing an average of 95.5 points in its past four home games.
Gonzaga’s loss was at least a close one. The Bulldogs appeared to lead 42-32 at halftime, but Kentucky came back and took the lead less than eight minutes into the second half. It was a close game from then on, with four lead changes, until Gonzaga took control in the final minutes.
Kentucky’s final offensive possession didn’t exactly inspire confidence, especially when a lob attempt to tie the game was easily intercepted in the paint. Please note:
The final seconds at Rupp Arena were not good:
Fans left before the game was over.
As the clock reached zero, boos erupted.
Gonzaga plays the same play over and over again. The center sets the screen, then rolls down, then backs up our thin center. Resulting in 2 points or 2 free throws.
They scored in the same game every time.
Fire Carl! ! ! ! pic.twitter.com/doJkp9En4Y
— Kentucky Blues (@KentuckyBluesUK) February 10, 2024
The biggest difference is Gonzaga’s forward line, with forward Ben Gregg, Graham Ecker, Anton Watson and Brayden Huff combined for 66 points and were largely responsible for the 43-31 rebounding deficit.
Another ugly loss won’t do Kentucky head coach John Calipari any good, and he may not have another disappointing season in his tenure in Lexington. The Wildcats are 16-7 and tied for sixth in the conference with a 6-4 record. SEC games. For most Kentucky fans, that won’t satisfy them.
Gonzaga gets a much-needed win
The win was perhaps the biggest of the season for Gonzaga.
The Zags haven’t had their usual run this season, tying the program’s most losses since 2016 with an 18-6 record. With St. Mary’s two games up in the WCC standings, Kentucky appears to be a team. Gonzaga must win if it wants to keep its NCAA hopes alive.
Kentucky was Gonzaga’s first Quadrant 1 win of the season. After the game, the Bulldogs were clearly feeling good:
Kentucky’s next chance to end its home losing streak will be Tuesday against Ole Miss.