Kentucky rallies from 17-point deficit, beats West Virginia, 83-76

01/27/2018 09:31 PM

On Friday, John Calipari said it would only be a big game for Kentucky if they won. After the final buzzer sounded, it might actually be much more than that.

The Cats traveled to West Virginia Saturday night to take on the seventh-ranked Mountaineers in their toughest challenge of the season and looked overwhelmed in the first half. Kentucky committed ten turnovers in the game’s first ten minutes, but still trailed by only 3 points. But West Virginia used the final ten minutes of the half to implement a grinding halfcourt game and led by as many as 17 points before taking a 48-33 lead into the half.

Though it appeared that a Kentucky team that had its toughness questioned numerous times this season was set for another week of soul-searching after a demoralizing road loss, John Calipari’s team came out as a different group in the second half. The Cats clamped down on defense, holding a WVU team that shot 47% in the first half to only 32% in the second half and, and found some consistency on offense. UK out-scored WVU 50-28 in the second half to walk away with a seven-point win.

Freshman Kevin Knox was the star of the game for Kentucky, scoring 34 points on 11 of 17 shooting and also grabbing 7 rebounds. Hamidou Diallo added 13 points, while Jarred Vanderbilt came off the bench to grab 11 rebounds.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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