For the primary time in 38 days, Kentucky basketball is again within the win column.
The Wildcats received 78-73 in double additional time on Saturday in opposition to Mississippi State, snapping a six-game dropping streak that can go down because the longest of John Calipari’s school basketball profession. The win improves Kentucky’s file to 2-6, which stays this system’s worst file begin the 1926-27 season.
To get the win, Kentucky didn’t journey its top-ranked 2020 recruiting class or another five-star participant ready within the wings. As a substitute, the Wildcats watched Dontaie Allen, a Kentucky native and mere four-star (gasp) from final yr’s class, ship the sport of his life.
Dontaie Allen shoots Kentucky to much-needed win
Coming into Saturday, Allen had appeared in 4 video games for the Wildcats after taking a redshirt season for the Wildcats final yr. In these 4 video games, he appeared in a complete of 19 minutes with seven profession factors.
To place it flippantly, Allen wasn’t a part of the plan at Kentucky, even because it flailed by way of its worst begin in many years. After which he went out and did this:
After scoring seven factors complete to this point this season, Kentucky native Dontaie Allen got here off the bench and hit seven 3-pointers to steer UK to a 78-73 win over Mississippi State‼️ pic.twitter.com/fnrFLGO03q
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) January 3, 2021
Towards Mississippi State, Allen posted 23 factors and 5 rebounds in 32 minutes, capturing 8-of-13 from the sphere (7-of-11 from deep). Eight of these got here at an important junction in additional time, with a 3-pointer with a minute remaining within the first additional time after which back-to-back baskets to offer Kentucky a 76-70 lead early within the second additional time.
For a blue chip recruit who selected to attend his native school basketball powerhouse with completely no assure of enjoying time down the highway, that has to really feel good.
Dontaie Allen on residing out KY youngsters’ desires:
“It feels loopy. To all the youngsters, if there’s youngsters listening, it comes right down to work. Should you put within the work, you are able to do some nice issues.”
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 3, 2021
Allen’s minutes got here on the expense of star freshman B.J. Boston, who got here in at No. 6 within the newest 2021 NBA mock draft from Yahoo Sports activities’ Krysten Peek. Boston didn’t seem in any respect in additional time after capturing 4-of-13 in regulation, underscoring the work Kentucky nonetheless has to do to proper the ship.
You’d determine Allen’s eruption would imply extra enjoying time down the road, although Calipari was sadly not available to see the efficiency. Calipari earned himself a double technical foul and ejection halfway by way of the second half, with Kentucky down 52-46 on the time.
John Calipari simply obtained ejected. He is talked about earlier than how he thinks him getting tossed final yr vs. Arkansas empowered Kentucky. We’ll see if this has any impact. pic.twitter.com/XXUnryuWIv
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) January 3, 2021
Calipari admitted after the sport he obtained the technical foul on objective.
We’ll see if Kentucky wants such an eventful sport to get their subsequent win.
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