Adebayo had 12 points as Kentucky (18-4, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) avoided its longest losing streak since dropping its final four regular season games in 2008-09. J.J. Frazier had 23 points before fouling out and Yante Maten added 22 for the Bulldogs (13-9, 4-5), who lost for the fourth time in six games. The game marked the final broadcast for the 27-year ESPN veteran Musberger, who last week announced he would retire after nearly 50 years hosting and describing numerous sports. Musburger’s finale at Rupp Arena just happened to be the same place he broadcast Villanova’s epic 1985 NCAA championship upset of Georgetown.
"What a road we've traveled together."A legend signs off … for the final time. https://t.co/2f59lm3tI1 — ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2017
Musburger had many fun moments in his final assignment. He dropped in on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s radio show Monday night and took in Georgia’s Tuesday morning shootaround, where the Bulldogs presented him with a framed program from their 1989 spring game and wide-brimmed hat. Kentucky presented Musburger with a framed white jersey with the No. 50 (for years of service) before the game and later brought him out to be the ‘Y’ as the crowd spelled out Kentucky. BIG PICTURE Georgia: Recent shooting struggles didn’t stop the Bulldogs from making their first six attempts to take a 12-0 lead before they cooled off to hit just 6 of 19 the rest of the half. They shot 49 percent and didn’t wilt despite trailing most of the second half, but couldn’t stop Kentucky in the extra session. Kentucky: Despite shooting 29 percent and sputtering in nearly every phase in the first half, the Wildcats managed to tie it at 29 by the break. Offensive rebounds (17) certainly helped as they outscored the Bulldogs 24-3 in second-chance points, while the defense regrouped to force 17 turnovers. Hawkins made up for a questionable 3-pointer late in regulation with a big drive that ignited his teammates. POLL IMPLICATIONS Kentucky gutted out the win it wanted and just needs to beat No. 19 Florida to remain in the Top 10. UP NEXT Georgia: The Bulldogs’ challenging stretch continues with the second of three straight ranked opponents at No. 19 South Carolina on Saturday before returning home to face No. 24 Florida next Tuesday. Kentucky: Visits No. 24 Florida on Saturday night in search of its sixth straight win over the Gators. Photo: Alan Cutler And like ZAGS on Facebook
Before his final ESPN game, Brent Musburger was presented with this awesome jersey from Coach Cal! pic.twitter.com/gGmBUjtUJ8— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) February 1, 2017