It was an exciting path to arrive at 30-0 after their game in Athens, Georgia.
Facing the largest second-half deficit of its season, Kentucky put their foot down defensively, went on a 14-0 run and put away any doubt that Georgia would put a dent on their perfect season.
The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0) had won their previous five games by an average of 24 points before Tuesday night. But Georgia (19-10, 10-7), and their sellout crowd had a 56-47 lead with just over nine minutes remaining. The Wildcats began pounding the ball inside to Karl-Anthony Towns, who led the team with 19 points, with all but two coming in the second half.
Towns and Aaron Harrison were clutch down the stretch, combining for 12 of the 14 points during the decisive run. Aaron Harrison scored 16 points, while his twin had 12. Georgia hurt its chances by missing three straight 1-and-1s.
Kentucky has one SEC game remaining against Florida on March 7th to complete their perfect regular season. Rupp Arena will be filled to capacity as usual; with the average price on Razorgator for Kentucky tickets vs. Florida is $419.04. You can get into the game with a walk-in price of $168.
Kentucky defeated Florida during their first meeting on February 7th. The Wildcats won on the road by seven points, which was one of their close calls in addition to games with Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU.
Kentucky is looking to be the first top-ranked undefeated team heading into the tournament since the 1990-91 UNLV Running Rebels. No team has gone undefeated and won the National Championship since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, when the field wasn’t yet greater than 64 teams. It doesn’t seem as if they will be tripped up in the SEC tournament, but once the NCAA Tournament tips off, Kentucky will be vulnerable in consecutive games.
The previous best start in school history was 25-0 during the 1953-54 season. Kentucky clinched its third 30-win season in Calipari’s six years as coach. SEC Tournament tickets are averaging close to $400 for the final on Sunday. The tournament tips of Wednesday in Nashville.