Down 17 in second half, Cats storm back to defeat West Virginia

Down 17 in second half, Cats storm back to defeat West Virginia

Down 17 in second half, Cats storm back to defeat West Virginia

Fifteen years and a dozen days ago, Kentucky went on the road, fell behind by a bunch and then turned things around for a victory that became the bedrock of what would become a special season. West Virginia had a surprisingly tough time getting it going on the offensive end and couldn't fight back after TCU took a 66-46 lead with just 5:57 left in regulation. Kentucky hit all 18 of its foul shots in the second half, it rebounded with vigor and played with more toughness and determination that West Virginia in West Virginia's house.

TEXAS TECH - Blaire 1-4 0-0 3, Sanders 2-2 0-0 4, Terry 5-10 0-2 10, Bright 0-1 2-2 2, Whilby 0-0 0-0 0, Degrate 8-10 4-5 20, Hayden 2-2 3-6 7, Brewer 2-4 0-0 4, Olabode 1-4 0-0 2, Bruedigam 0-1 0-0 0, McKenzie 0-0 0-0 0. The Wildcats are tied for third in the SEC standings with their 5-3 record.

This issue showed in the Kentucky game where West Virginia was dominated on the boards, "They just absolutely manhandled us, I mean absolutely manhandled us", Said head coach Bob Huggins.

But it's no different than what the Mountaineers have experienced for home games earlier this season with Virginia, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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The game was neck and neck down the stretch with the Mountaineers tying the game late on a James Bolden three-point bucket. Jevon Carter led WVU with 26 points, which was three shy of a career high. And yet, in the midst of that chaos, Knox delivered 10 points and 4 rebounds in the next 6 minutes to ignite a 21-2 run.

It was the first of UK's 11 first-half turnovers, which coincidentally enabled West Virginia to enjoy an 11-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

WVU travels to Ames on Wednesday to square off against Iowa State.

The Kentucky Wildcats snapped their two game winning streak with their win on Tuesday, and now they are looking to get hot and stay hot.

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But Knox's in-game heroics aren't the only reason Kentucky (16-5) will be back in the AP Top 25 by Monday afternoon.

There have been a handful of great games between the Mountaineers and Wildcats already. On the season, Kentucky is averaging 77.1 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. He leads a group of four guys scoring double digits per game. His two free throws gave United Kingdom the four-point lead to protect in the final two-plus minutes.

The West Virginia defeat certainly didn't appear in the works in the first half.

The Cats overall went 23-29 from the free throw line, including all 18 of their second half attempts. When you are placing your final bet for this Big 12 / SEC Challenge game - take the West Virginia Mountaineers -7 over the Kentucky Wildcats. Get your 100% signup bonus today.

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