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The UK men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament resume is likely on life support after a 72-62 loss to Georgia Thursday.
The Wildcats had previously been able to boast the absence of any truly bad losses on the resume, but the loss to Georgia, ranked No. 133 in the RPI, represented the team’s first loss to a team outside the RPI top 100 this season. The win improved the Bulldogs’ record to 15-15 on the season.
UK shot 37.1 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from the three-point line in the game. The Wildcats made just 10 of 18 free throws.
The Cats were lead in scoring by freshman guard Archie Goodwin, who finished the game with 20 points and six rebounds before fouling out. Freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer finished the game with 12 points but made just two of 11 three-point attempts.
Freshman forward Alex Poythress fouled out with four points and four rebounds. Sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow fouled out with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting. He did not tally an assist in the game. Senior guard Julius Mays did not score, missing all four of his field goal attempts.
The loss dropped UK into a four-way tie with Missouri, Ole Miss and Alabama for second place in the Southeastern Conference. The top four teams in the regular season standings will receive double byes in next week’s SEC Tournament.
The Cats conclude the regular season Saturday at Rupp Arena versus No. 11 Florida.