Kentucky breaks Mississippi St.’s heart in OT
John Calipari only had questions once he and his
"How did we win this game? How did we go to overtime? I don’t know," Calipari said.
Credit his fantastic freshmen who scored to get them to overtime and then won the game, even if they celebrated a little prematurely.
Two down, one to go?
That might be why the Wildcats ran around the arena waving and yelling with their fans without ever cutting down a net.
"We will cut down nets," Calipari promised. "It’s just not the
The Wildcats (32-2) blew earlier chances with freshmen Wall and
Wall did miscalculate. He thought the Wildcats had won on Cousins’ shot and tackled the 6-foot-11, 270-pound forward to the court near the press table, celebrating a wee bit early.
"I was so excited," Wall said. "When I went to the bench, Coach said, ‘It’s overtime.’ I was like, ‘Whew.’ I was tired. I knew we fought hard. I didn’t play a great game, but I did a great job of leading my team."
Cousins knew he had forced overtime even if his teammates didn’t as they followed Wall’s lead and swarmed him on the floor.
"So I got kind of beat up at the end thanks to John," Cousins said with a smile.
"Any person watching that game, how could you not be just absolutely amazed what these guys did against one of the most talented teams in the country?"
This time, the Bulldogs led 62-57 on
Officials immediately signaled that the shot counted, and Wall and Cousins celebrated with their teammates piling on as if they had won. They finally went back to the bench while officials reviewed the play.
"Time never ran out seemed like," Stewart said of the end of regulation. "Longest 4.9 seconds of my life."
As the Bulldogs slumped and
Bledsoe’s jumper put them ahead to stay at 71-69 with 1:20 left, and Wall’s lone 3-pointer of the game pushed it to 74-71 with 26 seconds remaining. Cousins hit two free throws with 5 seconds to go that wound up the winning margin as
It was the first time since 1952 that the
Bledsoe, another member of Calipari’s first recruiting class, finished with 18 points.
Johnson scored 20 points to lead
"That’s what you’re going to get when you play against
The Bulldogs blew a chance to beat