Baylor vs. Kentucky: Live Score, Reaction and Analysis
The Baylor Bears, fresh off a stunning loss to the College of Charleston, came into Rupp Arena this afternoon and did the impossible—beat John Calipari at home.
This afternoon’s 64-55 loss was Calipari’s first as the head coach of Kentucky at Rupp. It also snapped the Wildcats’ 55 game winning streak at home.
There are obvious concerns for a Kentucky team that won the national championship last season but already has three losses. First and foremost has to be the turnovers. Calipari’s squad gave the ball up 16 times.
As for Baylor, Pierre Jackson was critical and scored 17, but his leadership down the stretch went beyond the box score.
It wasn’t a particularly pretty game (the two teams combined for 35 turnovers), but it was a crucial win for a Baylor squad that hopes to challenge Kansas in the Big 12 this season.
Baylor 64, Kentucky 55 FINAL
Baylor came into Rupp Arena and knocked off the Wildcats by nine points.
Sure, the game was ugly at times, but Pierre Jackson scored a big 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and stole the ball four times.
His leadership in a game that featured so many freshmen was crucial.
Ironic that the team UK replaced Indiana with on the schedule, Baylor, snaps home-court streak. Final: Baylor 64, UK 55.— John Clay (@johnclayiv) December 1, 2012
It's over folks. Calipari's first home loss as the coach of Kentucky.
Baylor 62, Kentucky 55 (1:14 second half)
Jackson with a very questionable five-second call there.
And right as I say that, Goodwin fouls out. All five fouls came in the second half.
Baylor 60, Kentucky 55 (2:10 second half)
Goodwin has been aggressive for the Wildcats driving the lane. He hits one of two free throws to cut the lead to five.
Pierre Jackson's numbers not indicative of his impact on this game. Has been huge for Baylor today.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) December 1, 2012
Each team now only has one timeout left.— James Pennington (@pennington_jl) December 1, 2012
Baylor 56, Kentucky 50 (5:47 second half)
Don't underestimate Jackson's experience in a close game with all these freshmen.
Ryan Harrow starting to show signs that he's playing and not over-thinking.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) December 1, 2012
Football can wait you guys...we are going to have a great finish here so stay tuned in.
Baylor 52, Kentucky 46 (8:01 second half)
Huge play by Jackson after Kentucky closed the gap to three. Shows why he could in Big 12 Player of Year.
Baylor 49, Kentucky 43 (9:00 second half)
Big freshman mistake by Austin there. Crowd is alive after the Goodwin dunk.
Baylor 49, Kentucky 40 (11:00 second half)
Crowd starting to get into it. Big stretch coming for the Bears.
Willie Cauley-Stein, he of four fouls, is checking back in with 11:28 to go.— James Pennington (@pennington_jl) December 1, 2012
Nerlens Noel 1-9 from the field, and Wiltjer approximately 1-200 from behind the three-point line.
Pierre Jackson is exactly what this Kentucky team needs. Tough, athletic - can score and distribute.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) December 1, 2012
Baylor 46, Kentucky 37 (12:38 second half)
Big Blue Nation cannot be thrilled Wiltjer continues to shoot threes today.
Cauley-Stein now has four fouls. Calipari going to have to do a juggling act for the rest of the game.
Baylor 43, Kentucky 37 (14:39 second half)
Baylor had a brief 10-point lead before Goodwin makes two consecutive drives to the basket. Get the feeling this one is coming down to the end.
Kyle Wiltjer is 1 of 6 from the floor today, all on three-point attempts.— James Pennington (@pennington_jl) December 1, 2012
Baylor 41, Kentucky 33 (15:56 second half)
Austin hits a big three to quiet the Rupp crowd. Apparently he is Steve Kerr.
Pierre Jackson changed shoes at halftime. Just thought everyone should know.
And Cal gets a warning.— James Pennington (@pennington_jl) December 1, 2012
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