Kentucky basketball: Wildcats fail to collapse but Hogs deliver fatal bite with 4.3 left

Kentucky's Isaiah Jackson. (Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky's Isaiah Jackson. (Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /
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What went haywire this time

While avoiding the late-game collapse that normally spells doom through ill-advised shots, bad turnovers, and head-scratching decisions this time it was individual moments that were more sighs than gasps.

There was the standard Kentucky icy moment when they were outscored 13-0 in the second half to fall behind 56-44 with 14:13 left.

Dontaie Allen had a very, very short leash once again. After playing just seven minutes last game in a loss to Tennessee, he saw the floor just eight minutes against the Razorbacks including two in the second half. His stat line was just two single field goal attempts – both misses including one that hit off the side of the backboard.

Lance Ware saw just five minutes of action and tallied a single rebound and assist. He needs minutes to keep improving or spell people more often.

Isaiah Jackson had nine points, three rebounds, and two blocked shots, but committed his fifth foul with 6:10 left and to boot voiced his displeasure drawing a technical for an actual sixth personal foul. The lead ballooned to 70-60.

He did have some spectacular dunks as blocks per usual but he needed to maintain his composure.