Kentucky Wildcats upset by outcome, not effort in buzzer-beating loss

Julius Randle - photo by Tony Gutierrez | AP
Julius Randle - photo by Tony Gutierrez | AP
Julius Randle – photo by Tony Gutierrez | AP

If ever there were a time for a young team to fall victim to finger-pointing, this was it.

Kentucky had just fallen in a fashion that will land the Wildcats on the unhappy end of what could be the play of the college basketball season. When Michael Qualls’ thunderous put-back dunk went through the net, it undid 44:59.8 of tough road work and sent the Cats to a heartbreaking 87-85 defeat.

Fielding questions from reporters when he surely would have preferred to be on the team bus with his headphones on, James Young tried to take the blame for missing the box-out assignment of Rashad Madden’s missed 3-pointer.

“It was just my fault,” Young said. “I stopped playing at the last second. I thought it was just going to bounce off, the time was going to run out. I just stopped playing at the last second.”

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