John Calipari didn’t mince words after Kentucky’s 80-67 loss to Florida.
“They deserved to win,” Cal said of Florida. “Not only win, they spanked us. They spanked Alabama and they spanked us.”
At times in the first half, it seemed the Gators just couldn’t miss, taking a 15-point lead into halftime; however, they went cold for seven minutes in the second half, cracking the door open for a Kentucky comeback. Unfortunately, some questionable calls and missed opportunities slammed the door shut, allowing Florida to complete the sweep.
In each of Kentucky’s four wins leading into this game, five players finished in double figures, resulting in the best offense we’ve seen all season. Today, that just didn’t happen. Four players finished in double figures (Quade Green and PJ Washington just barely at 11 points), and although Kevin Knox had 14 points, he looked far from the reliable scorer the Cats need to succeed. Kentucky turned the ball over 13 times, resulting in 16 easy points for Florida, to only six assists. You’re not going to win a lot of games doing that.
“We reverted back on offense,” Cal told Tom Leach. “No one passed the ball. What happened was a team full of guys taking tough shots…We reverted.”
Is Calipari worried about having to play on Thursday in St. Louis?
“I don’t really care. I can’t stand [conference] tournaments anyways.”