Kentucky Pulls out Must-Win Game in OT Thriller over Missouri

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 09:  John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With everything on the line Saturday night Kentucky came through with a monumental overtime win against the Missouri Tigers by the score of 90-83.

Julius Mays led the way with 24 points and hit clutch shot after clutch shot for the Wildcats at the end of regulation and overtime. It is safe to say that John Calipari’s squad would be part of the field of 68 if the NCAA tournament started today.

As for Missouri, the Tigers are now a disappointing 1-7 on the road this season. Most of those losses, including tonight’s, came in heartbreaking fashion. Phil Pressey put up a valiant effort for his squad with 27 points and 10 assists.

Next up for Kentucky is a cakewalk game against Mississippi State, while the Tigers head to South Carolina and will try to actually win a game on the road.

The biggest storyline of the night though is the Wildcats’ surge into the hypothetical field of 68 with this victory.