(COURTESY OF JOHN HALE OF THE LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL)
Three previous times this season the Wildcats had led with 4 minutes left on the clock only to see a victory slip away. Kentucky had been outscored by 39 points in the final 4 minutes of games entering Saturday’s contest against Auburn.
So, when the Tigers rallied from a 14-point 2nd half deficit to tie the game at 77 with 46 seconds remaining on a fast-break layup off a Kentucky turnover, no one in Kentucky’s huddle could have been confident the outcome would go the Wildcats’ way.
Only this time Kentucky made the plays in the final minute it had so often failed to do during an embarrassing season. A crucial 3 from Davion Mintz and a couple of key rebounds later, Kentucky had escaped Rupp Arena with an 82-80 victory.
Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari met with the media following the win, and had a fiery message at the conclusion of his press conference you don’t wanna miss. Video is courtesy of the SEC.