For three-quarters of the game, Kentucky reverted back to the team that lost four straight games in SEC play. The Cats had one big run to threaten Florida, but it was too little too late.
Florida took a 15-point halftime lead by hitting everything they threw at the rim. When the shots finally quit falling in the second half, the Cats made their run. The Gators missed ten straight shots, opening the door for Kentucky to cut it to nine. A deep Florida three-pointer hit the rim twice before it fell through the net, snapped the cold streak and ended Kentucky’s comeback hopes.
Florida was on fire for most of the game, but the Cats certainly didn’t help themselves.
Kentucky struggled to get to the free throw line in the first half. When they finally changed course in the second half, they left points on the board. The Cats finished 13-of-22 (59%) from the line. Kevin Knox scored ten points in the first ten minutes, then went 20 minutes without a point. Jarred Vanderbilt and P.J. Washington couldn’t stay on the court because of foul trouble.
After four straight wins, Kentucky tried to erase all optimism with 30 terrible minutes of basketball. As bad as it was, UK did not quit. The final score is atrocious, but the finish was (somewhat) respectable.