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Kentucky Knocks Off Florida, 61-57!

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From the very start, UK came out ready to play today against No. 11 Florida, jumping out to an 11-2 lead to start the game. I don’t know if it was the Rupp Arena crowd, senior day or the name of the opponent, but the Cats played with the energy, urgency and confidence that we’ve been looking for all season right out of the gate. The Cats and Gators were tied at the half, but Kentucky came out again swinging to start the second half, building a 44-36 lead with just under 15:00 to go.

A pivital moment for Florida, however, was when Willie Cauley-Stein picked up a fourth foul with 13:42 to go. While Cauley-Stein sat on the bench, the Gators enjoyed an 8-0 run. With 11:16 to go, Calipari made the risky move of putting Cauley-Stein back in the game with four fouls and the Cats down by just one point.

Calipari then called a timeout just under the 8-minute mark, and fans started to stand, loud and united, just as Cal had asked from Big Blue Nation yesterday.

You know what happened after that timeout, and after Rupp Arena stood for the rest of the game with more than 7 minutes to go? FLORIDA DIDN’T SCORE ANOTHER POINT IN THE GAME, and Kentucky came through in a must-win situation, defeating Florida, 61-57!

Ally and Tyler will be back with much more coverage. Stay tuned!

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on blogredmachine.com. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

100 Comments for Kentucky Knocks Off Florida, 61-57!



  1. Mt Sterling Jerry's
    2:11 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    THANK YOU UNCLE JULES AND TWANNY! ALL THE BEST!!!



  2. NCAA tournament
    2:11 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is in again



  3. BigCatsFan
    2:11 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS



  4. kentuckyrules
    2:12 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Mays keeps throwing his arms up and yelling at his teammates ….oh, who has control of my KB…where are all those idiots anyway?



  5. Sir Brandon
    2:12 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    CAYTS showeth great heart!!!



  6. Walden Schmidt
    2:12 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t stop grinning.



  7. SexnNursinHomes
    2:13 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Dammit, I can now enjoy my Saturday. Stress free and drunk. Cats!!!!!!



  8. Mike
    2:13 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    The real Mike “the diehard” is back. The team finally gutted one out. You guys have been DUPED thinking I didn’t like my Cats…too bad that Wusstjer tried his best to blow it though.



  9. SexnNursinHomes
    2:13 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    6- hell yeah man. Feels good..



  10. Just a girl
    2:13 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! That win was just what I wanted.



  11. Wall2Cousins
    2:14 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    THIS MIGHT BE THE MOMENTUM BOOST THIS TEAM NEEDS TO MAKE A RUN!!



  12. Wildcat Blood
    2:14 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t call it a comeback! My love/hate with Archie continues to grow stronger!!



  13. nassau65
    2:14 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    hey Gogaytors————SUCK IT.



  14. Eight Letters
    2:14 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Standing and cheering at the eight minute mark needs to be a new tradition at Kentucky. So proud of the effort today!!!!



  15. Trey
    2:14 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Great Win!! What is up with Wiltjer though?!?



  16. Walden Schmidt
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Drink one for me SNH. I have a family thing to do.



  17. B-man
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    KSR…I so wich you could screen all the fair weather fans that said “I hate this team” and never let them post again! GO CATS! GO CATS! GO CATS!…



  18. Big win
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Unless we lose first round of SEC, we are in. How could you leave us out after that?



  19. jwill
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    mays backed up his words. just cemented his name in uk history!



  20. special eddie
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Damn right #7! Where is everyone who said the season is over Thursday night? That’s what I thought trolls and haters, CAT beat the gators!



  21. Ridge Runner
    2:15 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    THEY SHOWED “HEART”! I’m just as happy with that as I am the win.



  22. psuegouk
    2:16 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Will see y’all in NASHVILLE! GO BIG BLUE!!



  23. special eddie
    2:16 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    S^



  24. psuegouk
    2:16 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #21 ABSOLUTELY!!!



  25. Ridge Runner
    2:17 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Helluva job Coach Cal! I can only imagine what you have been through.



  26. Darth
    2:17 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #BBN standing for 8 final minutes…fuel for the win. #bluehairsdocare



  27. dexter
    2:17 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    We should make standing up at the eight minute a tradition!!! I think it is what got us over the line today.



  28. Eight Letters
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    This is the kind of effort we have wanted all season. I am so proud of how they played today….win or lose. Just what we need for this point forward.



  29. Ridge Runner
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    7, thats sex, free, & drunk.



  30. oldwino57
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    GREAT WIN! Can they build on it? Realistically, inconsistency has been this team’s most consistent characteristic.



  31. Bluekzu
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    So we’ve learned that we play very good at home with our backs against the wall. That’s better than nothing, and I’ll take it. If we get enough fans to Nashville to simulate Rupp the automatic bid could happen.



  32. SexnNursinHomes
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    13- haha love it when you give him hell. go

    16- No prob, got ya covered.

    20- bottoms up!!!!



  33. Cayts fan
    2:18 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome win! Really proud of the cats!



  34. MIke from Union
    2:19 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Who said that Calipari cannot coach? Great decision to put in Cauly-Stein at the 11 minute mark !!!



  35. SexnNursinHomes
    2:19 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    29- hhahaha!! Woooooooooooo CATS!!!



  36. Notown Ranger
    2:19 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you fans,,,,, Fla. went 0 for 11 and didn’t score the last seven minutes….



  37. lee
    2:19 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    how about willy cauleys play with 4 fouls



  38. Name Taken
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    God this team has driven me crazy all year, but man, how good that Rupp crowd can make you feel! What a great win for our Cats! And how about our Coach tweeting something and 24,000 strong here him?

    Trey Lyles behind the bench in a white UK hoody, wearing a huge smile the whole game is good news too. Look for him to be in UK blue!

    GO CATS!



  39. Ridge Runner
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    8 min = Standing! I say, we have started sumthin’!!!! Nice job Rupp!!!



  40. Backdraft
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    New tradition at Rupp , everyone standing when 8 minutes left to play! ( who”s in? )
    Great win for the Cats……



  41. CrazyEights
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! GO CATS!!!



  42. Name Taken
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    hear* sorry!



  43. yesss
    2:20 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Great win, but if i have to say one negative thing it would be, when kyle is on he is one of the best shooters in the nation, but when he is off he is one of the WORSE players in the nation.



  44. CrazyEights
    2:21 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m in backdraft, good tradition to start!!



  45. SEC TOURNY
    2:21 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    what do we need to happen to get the 2 or 3 seed



  46. Lil c
    2:21 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think standing and cheering at the 8 minute mark should be a tradition from here on out!!! Every game!!!!



  47. iucansuckabigblue......
    2:21 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m hoarse and my hands hurt…….. And I love it!!!

    GO BIG BLUE!!!



  48. ad
    2:22 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    where can i listen to the post game press conference?



  49. seriously
    2:22 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    TY billy donovan for only pressing about 5 times in the entire game…that helped. And TY to kenny boynton for only taking one shot in the second half, that helped too. Florida knows who wins the bread in the SEC, and they know the league benefits when UK is in the tourney. Billy D remembers his roots



  50. Lil c
    2:22 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody please explain to my why Alex Poythress just stands in the corner on offense????



  51. Famondacheese
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    How big of a call was it for Cal to play Willie with 4 fouls? For those who say he can’t coach?



  52. barn
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    great win, but i don’t know why hood didn’t get more pt. i thought he played good when he was in. surely he could play d as good as kyle



  53. Eight Letters
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #40. DEFINATELY needs to be a new tradition at the 8-minute mark. Be Loud, Be Proud. We own the end!!!



  54. Cats
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    C-A-T-S DALE DALE DALE!!!!!!!



  55. GBB
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Wiltjer was 0-10 shooting today. Last year and earlier this year, I could forgive him being beaten like a drum on defense as long as he was scoring, stroking and nailing threes. But if he’s not sinking shots, he has to sit as his man constantly passes right by him on the way to the basket. Our defense the last several minutes of the game was fantastic, everyone moving, switching, keeping their man in front of them. More of that and we can make a run.



  56. iucansuckabigblue......
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Its on 630 or 840 in about 30 minutes 48.

    WHHHHWHWHWHWHWHHWHWHWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



  57. harry
    2:23 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    yes, we needed this!



  58. jbhuk15
    2:24 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Another good thing about today’s win is that we probably won’t hear from old school.



  59. White Castle Sliders
    2:24 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Team “Liver Damage”



  60. Eric K
    2:24 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    GOOD WIN!! Rupp was great! GO CATS!!



  61. dwilson
    2:24 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    AWWWWWWWWW HELLLLLLLLLL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  62. Reid
    2:24 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    This is how traditions get started. Cal is genius…the old cant stand the whole game so lets get at least the last 8 minutes. I can’t tell you how much I love it!!!



  63. crazycatfan
    2:25 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I was standing from the 8 minute mark … until I started jumping and screaming at the 0 mark!!!! GO CATS!!!



  64. Wall2Cousins
    2:25 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink


  65. harry
    2:25 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    how good is cal? he can coach a bunch of misfits to beat No.11 team in the nation. What about the sixth man today? go bbn…



  66. London
    2:25 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin is becoming one of my all time favorites. He’s finally quit making costly mistake and just makes some ballsy plays. Love him!



  67. greg
    2:25 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    That just took a chunk out of my preparation for my Monday Medical school exams, but since I go to school in Georgia…totally worth it! I suppose I can drop an exam for a big win over the Gators



  68. Eight Letters
    2:26 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    We now need Mizzou to beat those dirty snitches down in Knoxville.



  69. Lil c
    2:26 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    And the 8 minute mark represents the 8 championships!!!



  70. NashBlue
    2:26 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    That felt amazing! I’m now way more excited about the SEC tournament. Go Cats!



  71. bloobloodcat
    2:26 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Agreed #46. BBN will be prominent in all venues from here on out. Make them tell you to sit down as you stand in support in last 8 minutes from here on out. I think the boys will get the hint, feel the love, and hopefully play as best they can as a result.



  72. ad
    2:27 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    64 – thanks!!!!



  73. Mike
    2:27 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Good news! Burger King promoted me to full time! Now I can’t waste everyone’s time being a fricking idiot on the KSR boards! It’s a win for everybody!

    Now, who wants an apple pie?



  74. Bluekzu
    2:27 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if this win is enough.



  75. Stay Classy Lexington
    2:27 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Archie played his tail off today…….hats off to him and the rest of the guys…….10 boards for Alex too……



  76. dwilson
    2:28 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    # 49 BITE ME



  77. LansingCat
    2:29 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    i cried in front of my girlfriend, and i’m not even embarrassed.



  78. Blue hair
    2:30 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    #62 in a related note…help me to my car. I haven’t stood for 8 minutes in 30 years.



  79. Big Blue BW
    2:31 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wow! How on Earth did we lose at home to Texas A&M and Baylor. If we played this well in those games they would have both been double digit wins. I’m not complaining though. Great effort today. Hopefully BBN will represent in Nashville and we can make a run.



  80. London
    2:31 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Now all the fake fans can hop back on the bandwagon.. that one was for all you disbelievers!



  81. CatsfanMike
    2:32 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Great win! Cats played hard! Great day for BBN



  82. CAUKFAN
    2:39 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hope this is the team that shows up for the rest of the games. They got the Jekyll and Hyde thing going on. Cal is right though; this game erases a multitude of past sins.



  83. ky kid
    2:40 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I thought harrow played a hell of a game.



  84. London
    2:41 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    That’s because he had no option to do otherwise #83



  85. Linda
    2:41 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Florida had trouble scoring after the crowd got into it. We must stand every game.



  86. Roland
    2:42 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    this teams NEEDS the Fans to make some Noise.



  87. Ridge Runner
    2:42 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    69…8 has meaning for sure! I hear ya bud!



  88. Roland
    2:43 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    anyone got a link to billy d’s post game?
    Luv to hear what was the diff. in the game.



  89. Roland
    2:44 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    BBN?



  90. aaron cathcart
    2:45 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    wow thank you twany and julius. Wow what defense in last seven min. i hope the cats can use this as motivation



  91. Go cats
    2:49 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi now has UK in



  92. kidd chris
    2:49 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    83) I thought harrow played well also, but you won’t hear about. You will here about polson’s 4 pts though. Lmao



  93. London
    3:01 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Crazy that it basically came down to the last game of the season. Now I suggest everyone go get their friends and play a game of basketball. Its a beautiful day and win like this makes it that much better!



  94. TheRealHambone
    3:04 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    SURE… “THEY’VE TURNED THE CORNER”, “THEY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE HAVING FUN”…. bull****… they should have been doing this all year!! They should be ashamed of themselves for the season they just turned in.



  95. London
    3:08 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    94 get the hell out of here. They were basically a team of all freshmen considering the only not new to the program was Wjlter.. who has been sucking. Not to mention we lost our star player near the end of the season but still find a way to win. You should be ashamed of yourself for even pretending to be a fan.



  96. SoFLCat
    3:08 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    Late to the party… the other day I said monkey’s would fly out my a$$ if UK beat florida, so I had to go to the hospital. Best ER trip ever!



  97. Roland
    3:11 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    96, wait until they return home.
    U man UP.
    Salute!



  98. Good Lord
    6:08 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    You people are pitiful. Here we go with all the make a run statements and blah blah blah. The Gators are as bad on the road as the Cats are.

    You morons that are getting your hopes up are gonna jump off buildings when the season ends.



  99. Red Bird
    7:53 pm March 9, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think this team has done enough to get them in, but man that was fun to watch.



  100. Travis
    12:32 am March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know where I can find a replay of the game?