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!