This wasn’t Harvard the Columbia Lions were playing. It wasn’t Yale or Brown, Princeton or Penn. It was Kentucky. Top-ranked Kentucky, and yet the Lions had bolted to an 11-0 lead in Rupp Arena. They still led by 11 at 14-3 but eventually wore down. And yet, after the game they spoke of their belief that they could roll into Lexington and skip town with a victory.
And thanks to a horrible shooting night, for a while it looked like that longshot just might come in.
Despite a performance that saw the Wildcats hit just 36 percent from the field, including 2-for-17 from beyond the arc, Kentucky managed a 56-46 victory to remain perfect in 10 games so far this season.
The Cats were missing Devin Booker (knee) and Tyler Ulis (reportedly suffering from shin splints) and it showed. Booker has been shooting with more confidence since the Wildcats opened their regular season, and Ulis, who has some touch from outside as well, would have been a big help in penetrating the variety of zone defenses Columbia presented.