Kentucky lost a tough one to Mississippi State in overtime today, 84-82, losing in the second round of the SEC tournament and keeping the heat on head coach Tubby Smith.
After making a gutsy comeback in the second half to take a late lead, a fluky lane violation in the closing seconds gave the Bulldogs the ball -- and the chance for Jamont Gordon to tie the game up with a three to send it to overtime.
The violation came at a time when the game looked to be headed the Wildcats' way. If either of the double-bonus free throws would have been made, the lead would have been at four for Kentucky, a lead that couldn't have been overcome with only five ticks left on the clock.
Randolph Morris scored 29 points and added 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bulldogs OT surge, led by Gordon's 29 points and 10 boards.
Kudos to State for hanging in there. They had three guys fouled out early in OT, but the remaining players on the team held tight and found a way to win.
Kentucky, on the other hand, didn't do what they needed to win throughout the 40 minutes, although that late comeback to take the lead was pretty impressive. The Wildcats should have won that game, but little things can beat you in college basketball and they proved it today.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt are facing off right now, nearing the end of the first half. The winner will take on Mississippi State tomorrow.