Photo slideshow: UK escapes with 71-67 win at Mississippi State

The Kentucky men's basketball team defeated Mississippi State 71-67 on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.
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The Kentucky men's basketball team defeated Mississippi State 71-67 on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.

John Clay is a sports columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A native of Central Kentucky, he covered UK football from 1987 until being named sports columnist in 2000. He has covered 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.