Posted January 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell worried things had been too easy for this Wildcats, even as they built the nation's best winning streak at 17 games and rose to No. 5 in the rankings. It all came crashing down Thursday as No. 18 South Carolina (17-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) beat Kentucky 55-50. The Gamecocks used their pressure defense to hold the Wildcats 30 points under their SEC-best scoring average. It was South Carolina's first win over a top-five team since 1998. Mitchell said he hopes Kentucky (18-2, 6-1) learned by being pushed around the floor that it has to answer a team that plays tough by being tough itself. ''For whatever reason, they just were not interested in answering that physical challenge,'' Mitchell said, Kentucky led for most of the second half before the Gamecocks went on a 18-4 run to take a 52-44 lead with 3:34 left. South Carolina hit just three free throws down the stretch, but the defense hung on. The Wildcats hadn't lost since an 85-51 defeat to...
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