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Holmes' win gives UK fans some solace

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HUMBLE, Texas – It turns out the weekend wasn’t a total loss for Big Blue Nation.

A day after the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team saw their undefeated season come to a close with a loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four, former Wildcat standout J.B. Holmes erased a six-shot deficit to capture the Shell Houston Open in a playoff.

The victory removed at least some of the sting for Holmes, who watched the game on television Saturday night.

“It was tough,” Holmes said. “Great season for them, they played great. Liked to have seen it go the other way.”

Even with the tournament trophy sitting next to him on the podium, Holmes couldn’t help but reflect on some of the pivotal moments in Kentucky’s 71-64 defeat.

“That shot-clock violation that they didn’t [call] – there’s a couple things I can’t believe they don’t review,” he said. “It could have been a different game if they take that away. But it was a good game, Wisconsin played great. It was a fun game to watch. We had chances.”