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College basketball: No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats hold off Vermont

College basketball: No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats hold off Vermont

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t mind a closer-than-expected 73-69 win over Vermont on Sunday in Lexington, Ky.

“You cannot play Popcorn State and learn anything,” Calipari said. “You’ve got to play good teams. I didn’t realize how good [Vermont] was until I watched the tape. Then I was like, ‘who scheduled this game? This is ridiculous.’ They just do an unbelievable job.”

The Wildcats, playing their second game in three days to open the season, missed seven of their last eight field goals and held off a late surge by the Catamounts. Trailing 72-69, Vermont missed two three-pointers in the final 30 seconds. P.J. Washington made one of two free throws with less than a second...

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