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Kentucky’s 55-Game Home Winning Streak Snapped at the Hands of Baylor

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Baylor guard Pierre Jackson led the way for the Bears on Saturday afternoon, as the Bears went on the road to Lexington and upset Kentucky.

In the process, Baylor brought an end to the Wildcats’ 55-game home winning streak, a mark that had been the longest such stretch in the nation. That title now belongs to Long Island, who has won 28 games in a row at home.

The struggles for Kentucky have been longstanding over the course of the first few weeks of the season, but pressure is mounting following a week in which the Wildcats have now suffered back-to-back losses.

After falling on the road at Notre Dame on Thursday night, the Wildcats were hoping to rebound against Baylor at home. That was not to be the case as the ‘Cats once again struggled on the offensive end.

After mustering only 50 points on Thursday night, Kentucky managed only 55 on Saturday, a trend that certainly doesn’t bode well for this new crop of Wildcats. Kentucky was once again led by freshmen Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, the team’s two leading scorers, who added 17 and 13 in Saturday’s loss, respectively.

As head coach John Calipari continues to test his lineups and rotations, the Wildcats went only seven deep on Saturday, while both Goodwin and heralded freshman Nerlens Noel came off the bench. Clearly, whatever message Calipari was trying to send on Saturday did not work to the Wildcats’ advantage. Noel however, did manage to grab a career-high 17 rebounds in the contest.

The struggles of Ryan Harrow at the point guard position carried over on Saturday, as the sophomore went just 1-of-9 from the field, finishing the game with two points and two assists. Harrow had played only 19 combined minutes heading into Saturday’s game against Baylor.

The good news for Kentucky moving forward is their schedule, as home games against Samford, Portland, and Lipscomb should help the Wildcats get some wins moving forward. Hopefully they can smooth out their issues in the process because seven games into the season, there appears to be plenty in the forefront.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS