Archie Goodwin led Kentucky with 16 points in a loss to Baylor.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – A quick look at Baylor's 64-55 victory over Kentucky, a loss that ended the Wildcats' 55-game Rupp Arena winning streak and registered as John Calipari's first loss in 55 home games as the Wildcats' coach.
PLAYER OF THE GAME – I considered leaving this category blank, but Archie Goodwin battled more than any of Calipari's players, scoring 17 points with six rebounds and five assists. Goodwin played as if it mattered. Not all of Calipari's players did. He made a few silly fouls, but he was scrambling across the floor on both ends.
WHERE'S RYAN? – Point guard Ryan Harrow, in his second game back, continued to struggle. He missed eight of nine shots in his most extensive action of the season. The offense seemed to run better with Harrow forcing the action, but his shot needs work.
STAT OF THE GAME – The Wildcats made only 30 percent of their field-goal attempts – finishing 21 for 71. Harrow, Nerlens Noel, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays really struggled. They were a combined 7 for 43.
CHESS MOVE – Baylor coach Scott Drew mixed the Bears' defenses well, alternating between man and zone. He even strayed from the traditional 2-3 zone to more of a 3-2 zone. Drew decided his team had a better chance giving UK three-point shots, instead of shots in the lane.
BRICK BY BRICK – Drew had a solid plan. Look at UK's numbers from the three-point line. The Wildcats were 4 for 22.
CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS – Former South Carolina and Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn was in the stands. Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com led the national media contingent, along with Clark Kellogg and Jim Nantz of CBS Sports. Kellogg said he'll work the Indiana-Butler game in Indianapolis in two weeks and be in Louisville Dec. 29 for the UK-Louisville game.
RECRUITING – Word was that Kentucky coach John Calipari was making a quick post-game departure. His destination? Marshall County for the HoopFest going on there. With a 12:30 tip at Rupp Arena, Calipari had time to watch UK signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison as well as two prime recruiting targets – Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep and Cliff Alexander of Curie High School in Chicago.
THE QUOTE: "This young Kentucky team didn't have a veteran point guard like Baylor to guide them through the last few minutes," UK radio analyst Mike Pratt.
UP NEXT – The Wildcats return to Rupp Arena Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game against Samford, which is coached by former Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer and former UK player Scott Padgett. Samford has lost seven of its first eight and plays Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Ken Pomeroy's computer formula puts UK's win probability for that game at 99 percent.
Seems low to me, even considering UK's struggles this week.