Coming out of the final media timeout after one of its most complete halves of the season, UK found itself down 68-65 with a prime opportunity to beat its first ranked opponent of the 2020-21 campaign.
Six straight Missouri points later, the reboot John Calipari was hoping for after a week off because of a COVID-19 related pause turned out to be a repeat of UK's season-long nightmares.
The final at Mizzou Arena: Missouri 75, Kentucky 70. The Wildcats, now 5-11 on the season and 4-5 in Southeastern Conference play, lost for the fifth time in the last six games after starting the league slate 3-0. This one had a familiar heartbreaking feel when UK faltered late in the closing minutes.
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.