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Kentucky and Ohio State were both looking for another big time win. Ohio State lost to Minnesota last weekend after beating several ranked teams to make a jump to number five in the rankings. Kentucky’s last outing resulted in a loss to Utah, and they were hoping to not be swept while in Vegas. Only one team could win and Ohio State outlasted the Cats in the end.

The Cats and Buckeyes battled through a slugfest with the lead changing numerous times the first half. The Cats ended the half down one with a score of 37-36. The Cats were led in scoring with 11 points by Hagans and Sestina. Hagans also had three steals and three assist in the first half. The Cats would have really struggled if not for Sestina shooting 3 of 6 from 3 point range. The Buckeyes had more balanced scoring and were led by Kyle Young’s ten points in the first half.

The second half was similar to the first. Kentucky’s guards were able to penetrate but forced poor shots instead of passing to the open man. Coach Cal mentioned the selfishness during his post game news conference. Cal was not overly concerned about the decision making of his guards, but their bad choices basically cost the Cats the game. Maxey and Hagans over penetrated and forced poor shots several times.

The Cats 3 point shooting woes continued and they finished 7 of 23. Of course Nate Sestina made 5 of 8 to help bolster the three point stat. The Cats fortunately held the Buckeyes to 32 percent from behind the arc to help them stay in the game.

Coach Cal was questioning the officiating, and called a timeout to review a block/charge call where the Ohio State’s player’s foot was on the charge line. He refused to elaborate to save himself a fine for discussing the officials. IN the end, Kentucky lost to a better Ohio State team that was led in scoring by DJ Carlton with 15 points.

Coach Cal has a lot of teaching moments as this team gets a week before facing a top ranked Louisville team in Rupp. It’s the same every year and BBN just has to trust Calipari and the process.

Kecia Dawson RPh
Contributing Writer Sports View America

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