Kentucky didn't go down without a fight. The second-ranked Wildcats overcame a double-digit deficit in a hostile environment but came up short in a 74-65 loss to Tennessee Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Kentucky (27-2, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) came out sluggish and Tennessee capitalized. The early onslaught by the Volunteers — an 18-0 run after falling behind 4-0 — was enough to overcome a late comeback by the Cats who displayed the ability to claw back despite the first-half collapse under pressure. “We (didn't) quit,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “That is all I can ask of my team. To think about that, and have a chance to win on the road, I am stunned.”
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.
- On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.