Kentucky falls to SC in Jared Vanderbilt's season debut, 76-68

Ebony Scott
January 18, 2018

On the season, SC basketball averages 70.9 points, 38.6 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game. The Kentucky basketball team started the half on a 5-0 run and upped their lead to 8 before coach Frank Martin called a timeout in an attempt to settle his Gamecocks down. "Watching them play with Quade and watching them play without him, it's a different team - especially when they play a team that gets out and guards them".

"They got 14 of them and we got six", Calipari said while critiquing his team for "unwarranted arrogance".

Chris Silva led USC with 27 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Kevin Knox paced United Kingdom with 21 points and eight rebounds. The only other Cats in double figures were Richards (12) and PJ Washington (10). Two of UK's four losses have been on the road this season. Vanderbilt was extremely energized in his first action of the season.

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

The Kentucky Wildcats (14-3) are coming from a 74-67 win over Vanderbilt in which Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 points in 7 of 11 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 from the free throw line. 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. Defensively, Kentucky yields 69.6 points against the opposing teams.

SC scored seven straight points to get back in the game.

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But Calipari had no complaints about the officiating, which gave SC 38 free throw attempts. It was a poor product offered on national TV and made it hard for either team to establish a rhythm.

South Carolina's Chris Silva led all scorers with 27 points, while Frank Booker added 18 for the Gamecocks. Silva also pulled down eight rebounds.

John Calipari did something he has never done as Kentucky basketball coach on Tuesday evening. United Kingdom shot 63% from the line and committed 16 turnovers.

2nd - Win for SC coach Frank Martin in eight chances against UK.

SC coach Frank Martin opened his remarks about the Wildcats' secret weapon off the bench by asking, "Was he a McDonald's kid?"

40-35 - The Gamecocks' rebounding advantage. On a night when SC only shot 38% from the field free throws proved to be critical.

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