9:00 PM ET, February 16, 2010
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- These kids from Kentucky are growing up fast.The second-ranked Wildcats showed they learned their lessons from their only loss of the season and got a preview of the intensity of postseason basketball, beating Mississippi State 81-75 in overtime on Tuesday night in one of college basketball's most hostile arenas."This is probably one of the toughest places we've done played this year," said center DeMarcus Cousins, one of three freshmen starters for Kentucky. "It was intense from start to finish. If this is what the NCAA tournament is going to be like, it's going to be a tough road."
Forde: Fans Cheapen Effort
Mississippi State suffered a double dose of disappointment: They didn't close the door, losing a seven-point lead with 2:45 to play in regulation. And then their fans embarrassed the school by throwing bottles on the floor, writes Pat Forde. Blog
• John Wall (18 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) recorded his fourth double-double of the season, while DeMarcus Cousins (19 points, 14 rebounds) recorded his eighth double-double in his last nine games in Kentucky's win.
• The Wildcats overcame a poor shooting night, going just 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from 3-point range.
• Dee Bost led Mississippi State with 22 points. The Bulldogs have lost 10 straight versus top-5 ranked teams.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||28-66 (.424)||27-70 (.386)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-24 (.167)||10-35 (.286)|
|FT Made-Attempted||21-31 (.677)||11-16 (.688)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||28 (0/0)|