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Missouri Win Was a Momentary Cure for Ailing ‘Cats [VIDEO]

It was a good type of game to win. Kentucky was playing a good Missouri team that was trying to prove it could beat a team on the road that wasn’t woeful Mississippi State (7-19). But in the meantime, Kentucky was trying to prove that it could beat a team that was going to the NCAA Tournament.

UK’s mission won out thanks to a solid TEAM effort from the ‘Cats. Coach John Calipari–a sleepy coach as you will see in the post-game press conference video below–had mentioned, after last Saturday’s Tennessee debacle, that there were a couple of players who were just doing their own thing regardless of what he said.

That’s never good to hear.

But whoever they are–and I have my opinions–they were on script Saturday night. Archie Goodwin, despite his recurring tendencies to get carried away on the fast break, scored 18 points. Alex Poythress–FINALLY getting aggressive in the low post–put up 21. Willie Cauley-Stein, who now has to be everything for the Wildcats Nerlens Noel was, provided 12 rebounds for UK. And Julius Mays, God bless him, went 50% from the three-point line. That effort contributed to his team-high 24 points and a 90-83 overtime victory against SEC newcomers, the Missouri Tigers.

In fact, it came as little surprise that UK/Mizzou went an extra session. It was the fourth SEC game THAT DAY to go into overtime–the first time that’s happened in 34 years. Clearly, there were a lot of tired coaches.

One, in particular, was anxious to answer some questions and go to bed:

 

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