WATCH: Kentucky Late-Game Execution is Worse Than You Think

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Kentucky had a chance to win, or tie, the basketball game against Gonzaga. The lob play to Adou Thiero never had a chance. Instead of capping off a comeback victory over Gonzaga, the Wildcats lost their third straight home game.

Jack Pilgrim detailed this team’s struggles in end-of-game situations. It’s a trend for this program since COVID-19 shut down the 2020 college basketball season.

Steven Peake, KSR’s video production manager, dove into the film. The missed shots and bad looks at the end of games are now commonplace. John Calipari’s Wildcats have had 30 game-tying or game-winning opportunities over the last four seasons. They’ve only made a shot three times. Meanwhile, opponents are 15 of 21 in the same situation.

Prepare yourself for a montage of misses in losses to teams the Big Blue Nation isn’t accustomed to losing to. And as Peake said, feel free to check his work. We’re not sure if he’s slept since the loss.

Clutch time used to be winning time for Kentucky. It wasn’t just Aaron Harrison’s three-game streak in 2014. The following year, he hit a big-time shot to propel Kentucky to the Final Four. Everyone remembers Malik Monk’s dagger against North Carolina in Vegas. Boogie tipped in a missed free throw to force overtime in the SEC Tournament. Brandon Knight kept Kentucky alive against Princeton, then buried Ohio State in the 2011 Sweet 16.

Kentucky used to create memories in the closing seconds. Now there are just more losses we’d like to forget.

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