Baylor vs. Kentucky: Breaking Down Baylor's Shocking Upset over Kentucky

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Baylor vs. Kentucky: Breaking Down Baylor's Shocking Upset over Kentucky
Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

For the third time in just seven games this season, the young Kentucky Wildcats find themselves heading into the locker room after suffering a heartbreaking defeat.

The preseason No. 3 Wildcats have had their youth exposed all season, and their matchup with the Baylor Bears proved no different.

While Kentucky led in the early stages of the game, the signs of collapse were there, as the Wildcats made some poor decisions at the offensive end of the floor and shot very poorly.

When all was said and done, Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak was snapped, with the Wildcats scoring a fitting 55 points.

While Baylor wasn't overwhelmingly impressive, they played well enough to upset the eighth-ranked Kentucky squad.

Kentucky's offensive performance was beyond embarrassing.

The Wildcats shot just 29 percent from the field (21-of-71), 18 percent from beyond-the-arc (4-of-22) and 50 percent from the free-throw line (9-of-18). To make things worse, they turned the ball over 16 times.

Baylor's start was just as bad.

They couldn't seem to hold onto the ball and turned it over an astounding eight times in the opening 12 minutes of the ball game.

The Bears also started the game out just 1-of-10 from three-point land.

Baylor, however, found a way to turn it around.

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By the end of the game, Baylor had five different players who finished in double figures scoring-wise and four different players with at least five rebounds.

The Bears also hit five of their final 10 shots from downtown and were able to hit the vast majority of their free throws.

This one all came down to two young teams struggling out of the gate, with Baylor finding a way to turn things around and Kentucky unable to do the same.

 

Kentucky Player of the Game

For the Kentucky Wildcats, the "best" performance against Baylor was put forth by freshman Alex Poythress.

While Archie Goodwin had the most impressive stat line, he wasn't particularly impressive at either end of the court and ended up fouling out late in the game when his team needed him.

Poythress, on the other hand, scored 13 points on 60 percent shooting from the field, hauled in six rebounds and was key at certain points for the Wildcats.

It was Poythress who hit two threes early on to help Kentucky establish its early lead.

It was also Poythress who hit the team's first shot of the second half after Kentucky had missed its first four field-goal attempts and seen the Baylor lead grow to nine.

 

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Baylor Player of the Game

For the Baylor Bears, the most valuable player in their upset of the No. 8 Wildcats was Cory Jefferson.

Once again, he may not have had the most notable stat line, but Jefferson was key on the defensive end for Baylor against the Kentucky big men and shot an efficient 66 percent from the field (4-of-6) and a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line for 10 points. He also snagged five rebounds.

While his minutes were limited to 29 thanks to foul trouble, Jefferson was still able to come up with five blocks and a steal.

If stat lines dictated players of the game, perhaps 5'10" guard Pierre Jackson would have earned the honor.

His 30 percent shooting from the field and seven turnovers, however, led to Jefferson being deemed more worthy.

 

Stat of the Game

35 turnovers.

That is the number the Baylor Bears and Kentucky Wildcats combined for in Saturday's contest.

With each team nearly reaching 20 turnovers in just 40 minutes, it's no wonder that they combined to score just 119 points.

It's fair to say that neither coach will be too happy about his team's performance and will look to make major adjustments before their next outings.

John Calipari should be especially worried with his team having dropped back-to-back games to unranked opponents.

 

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