It’s only the middle of the workweek for some, but college basketball doesn’t care as seen in two NCAA huge upsets. On a Wednesday night some crazy things happened down in Georgia, and Providence took down Creighton in Omaha in an insane Big East battle. A lot of people remained optimistic about head coach John Calipari turning this Kentucky team around after the Florida win, but after tonight’s buzzer-beating loss to Georgia and a three-game skid, this is how Twitter reacted.
The Kentucky Blues
When you think of Kentucky basketball you tend to think Final Fours and championships. Well, in 2020-21 Kentucky fans are just looking for the NIT.
On Wednesday night the Wildcats fell for their third straight game, losing to the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia was picked by many to finish towards the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, while Kentucky finishes up top. Let’s dive into the game.
Watching this game and seeing what Kentucky is trying to do, a lot of people wanted BJ Boston to come off of the bench with his struggles and implement Dontaie Allen into the starting line-up. It finally happened tonight, but Allen only scored three points in 23 minutes on the floor. The game was close for most of the first half. Kentucky trailed at halftime 30-27.
Fast forward to the second half and it was pretty much back and forth for the majority of the final 20 minutes. Kentucky held a 56-49 lead late in the half and Georgia never budged. Georgia ended up winning this SEC match-up at the buzzer on an inbound lay-up by PJ Horne with one second remaining. The final score was 63-62.
John Calipari and his crew fall to 4-9 overall on the season and have a long road ahead of them. This is what their next five games look like:
- Jan 23rd- vs LSU
- Jan 26th- @ #18 Alabama
- Jan 30th- vs #5 Texas
- Feb 2nd- @ #19 Missouri
- Feb 6th- vs #6 Tennessee
Time is running out for the Wildcats but in the meantime let’s move forward to another great game that was must-watch TV. We move to the Midwest where #11 ranked Creighton played host to the Friars of Providence in what would be another great Big East Battle. Coming into Wednesday night, Providence won four out of their last five games against ranked opponents. They would make that five out of six by the end of the night.
Big East Battle Defense
The one thing that stood out in the play of Providence on Wednesday night was their defense. The Friar defense didn’t affect the passing lanes of Creighton, but it did have an impact on their shooting. Creighton on average makes right around 10 three-pointers a game, and tonight they only made four. The BlueJays shot 4-23 on the evening from anywhere beyond the three-point line.
Despite the lack of shots falling, Creighton also climbed back into this game with their defense. Creighton forced 14 Friar turnovers, and also had seven steals on the night. This Big East battle was everything we asked for and more on the defensive side.
Nate Watson’s Career Night
Even though defense shined in this game, it didn’t stop Providence big man, Nate Watson from having a career night for himself. The 6’10 senior dropped 29 points on 12-19 shooting in Providence’s 74-70 win.
With the loss, Creighton falls to 10-4 (6-3) and Providence improves to 8-6 (4-4) on the season. Both teams are back on the court on Saturday in two tough match-ups. Creighton stays home to host #23 ranked Uconn, who is coming off of a loss to St John’s. As for Providence, they hit the road to face #3 Villanova Saturday afternoon.
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