Kentucky (10-6, 1-3 SEC) made just one of its first six shots, missed its first two free throws and fell behind 13-2 inside the first five minutes of the game.
The Cats would get within four in the first half but would trail 42-32 at the break.
In the second half, Kentucky would trail by as many as 12 points before beginning to chip away. The Cats would still trail by 11 with 3:58 to play.
UK would trail 71-68 and had one final possession with a chance to tie. But three attempts from behind the arc all missed and the Cats came up short.
Oscar Tshiebwe led Kentucky with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Fredrick added 14 points, Reeves had 13 and Wheeler scored 10.
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.