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Kentucky rallies then falters late, loses to Mississippi State 74-73 in SEC Tourney

UK’s season comes to a close with heart-breaking loss
Kentucky's Dontaie Allen knocks down a three vs. Mississippi State in the second round of the...
Kentucky's Dontaie Allen knocks down a three vs. Mississippi State in the second round of the 2021 SEC Tournament.(Photo: UK Athletics)
Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 2:11 PM EST
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NASHVILLE – (WKYT) The Kentucky Wildcats had their season come to an end with a dramatic 74-73 loss to Mississippi State in the second round of the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, used another Dontaie Allen barrage of the 3-pointers to lead 71-66 late in the game. State rallied and led 74-73 when Allen, who finished with 23 points like he did against the Bulldogs on January 2, missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Things began spiraling downward for the Wildcats long before the loss to Mississippi State that sealed their fate: No NCAA Tournament this year. It assured the Wildcats will miss the Big Dance for the first time since 2013 and just the second in John Calipari’s 12-year tenure. With Duke withdrawing from the ACC Tournament to a positive COVID test, it will be the first time since 1976 that both the Blue Devils and Kentucky will not be in the NCAAs.

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