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Kentucky’s Comeback Bid Falls Short in 80-67 Loss to Florida

© Matt Stamey | USATSI

© Matt Stamey | USATSI

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

37 Comments for Kentucky’s Comeback Bid Falls Short in 80-67 Loss to Florida

  1. roachey45011
    2:13 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    So why was HAMi getting 24 mins today and he didn’t score but 1 free throw and Vanderbilt only getting 17 mins ?? Cats have reverted to looking like they did when they lost 4 straight. I won’t hold my breathe during the SEC tournament

    • catdaddyd
      2:25 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Vanderbilt was in foul trouble is why his minutes were 17.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:41 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Dont question cal

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      3:01 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      It is ok to ask why Hami played 24 minutes if you didn’t watch the game. Vanderbilt was in foul trouble and Diallo was one of only 3 or 4 guys playing with any effort at all. Unfortunately his shots weren’t falling. I don’t understand why Richards got so much PT and SKJ didn’t. But either way, we lost because Florida was better today.

  2. bigbluehank
    2:15 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Ten-loss Cal!

    • CatBlue in LR
      2:57 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Get back to me when that happens three years in a row, like it did under TLT (or was it four, I forget?).

    • bigbluehank
      3:27 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Which season did Tubby end up in the NIT, and subsequently lose in the first round? I forget.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:57 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Actually cal has had atleast 9 losses in 5 of his 9 seasons

  3. AFR0_SAMURAii
    2:16 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    WHY is HAMIDOU DIALLO on the floor? Is coach CAL that stupid? Guy goes 0-7 with a point and a rebound and plays 24 minutes… he’s a bum I’ve never seen a coach do less with more unlike cal.. it’s unbelievable but yet BBN stands behind this guy because we get elite 8 and final 4 banners.. news flash if we hadn’t had Davis there’d be no Championship… he can’t coach, Hami needs to ride the pine but cal thinks otherwise for some reason

  4. cats646
    2:16 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    This game was pathetic. Showed no fight at all.

  5. catdaddyd
    2:18 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Six assist, enough said.

    • jaws2
      5:12 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      You can’t get assist if shots are not going in! Just think about that one!

  6. a21CATSfan
    2:20 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    I would say two bullshit offensive fouls are what ended the one and only run of the day; not a lucky bounce. When was the last time you’ve seen a hook called in college basketball? A team that takes it to the hole the entire first half shouldn’t have less free throws than a team shooting mostly jumpers. Never had a chance to be in the game today.

    • cats646
      2:22 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Free throw chances don’t matter unless we make them. Wouldn’t have helped us a bit.

    • catdaddyd
      2:43 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      I believe Doug Shows made both those calls. The hook call after Cal ripped him for the previous call. But SGA needs to stop dribbling with 3 guys on him.

    • mj7juice
      3:21 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Those officials were awful per usual. Complete BS. Fed into the crowd.

    • bd2153
      4:03 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed, SEC has the worst officiating in the NCAA. That said you have to play hard with purpose

  7. bharlan24
    2:20 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    It wasn’t a comeback bid, Florida quit playing. Florida blew UK out and they ain’t that good. UK players can’t make a gimme. They don’t know how to use the board. Yes, Diallo isn’t worth the sweat off , you know what. Maybe if they all played together this summer and stayed another year they might be a decent team by the end of 2019, might be. But, that ain’t gonna happen.

  8. gasman01
    2:23 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Play Green ahead of Diallo!! At least he is an offensive threat. What does Diallo bring???

  9. Jiminy Crickets
    2:28 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    So we beat 3 bubble/NIT teams and a CBA team, 3 of the 4 at home, and people thought we were world beaters. Played a likely 7 seed in NCAA tourney and “reverted”. Only the blue goggles thought we had a chance today. Maybe on neutral court we play better.

  10. They are Freshmen
    2:30 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

  11. They are Freshmen
    2:32 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    They’re young. Gonna be ups and downs. ?

  12. kentuck1
    2:33 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    When Hami amd Wenyen play more minutes than Washington and Vanderbilt, then it is a tough road to travel. But they had four fouls each and Coach had to save them for the end of the game in case it was withing striking distance. The team is a little wimpy without the muscle of Vanderbilt and Washington. They do not rebound very well. Hopefully they will learn something from this loss. They are never as good as they think they are nor as poor as some fans think they are…

  13. They are Freshmen
    2:36 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    They’re young. Blah blah blah

  14. BigBlueNationDude
    2:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink


  15. 2blues
    2:45 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cal said this team could revert!! This was a big revert.

  16. mj7juice
    2:48 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    What an embarrassing performance. Why to come out ready to play. Great job guys.

  17. Rise
    2:57 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t believe most of you thought we would actually beat Florida on the road.

  18. ukjohnston
    3:08 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    The coach reverted also. Playing players who contribute nothing and then continue to play them after no progress in effort or fundamental skills. Ultimately, you are failing them as a coach. You talk of outside enablers when you, their coach, are an inside enabler. Basketball players can be athletes and sometimes not very athletic. Not all athletes can be basketball players, even the most elite of athletes.

  19. gr13
    3:11 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Where is the upside for Nick Richards?

    • cats646
      3:14 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      He’s got a Jamaican accent. That’s about all I can think of. Idk why he plays over SKJ. Richards never shows any fight at all.

  20. bigbluehank
    3:43 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    The way Cal continues to start Hami (only to pull him a few minutes into the game) has somewhat of a Billy Gillispie/Mark Coury resemblance. Whereas Gillispie claimed his method was a motivational tactic, it seems Cal’s is based more on loyalty to Hami, and his desire to put him in the “Wall of UK NBA Players” at the practice facility.

  21. makeitstop
    3:58 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Calling it a comeback is a little much. Florida took the air out of the ball bc the correctly concluded we couldn’t score. Gabrielle and Hami were a combined 1-11, and that means Knox and Shai aren’t going to get free. We just lost composure and made bad passes and poor decisions driving into coverage and getting stripped. But really if JV and PJ aren’t out there we are getting whipped on the glass and in the paint. Diallo just isn’t going to get it, we have to accept that. MAYBE he will take Doug Shows and Pat Adams to the G-League next year?

  22. chris43
    4:01 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    I’m so sick of hearing Cal can’t coach. The fact is we missed out on a couple top guys this year who would have most likely changed the team. Trae Young (daddy wanted him to take every shot) and I’m not sure what happened with Bamba. Next year’s class isn’t loaded but it’s a good incoming class especially with the guys we have coming back. Influx of talent along with a little more experience and hopefully off season improvement and I think we’re in the mix next season. Did we land a bunch of top guys next year??? No, but with all the news coming out maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe in the coming months/years we’ll discover how Duke has been getting “mega classes” past couple seasons. One thing I have to say so far….it appears that UK is running a clean program and still getting top classes! That’s something to be proud of! You can’t make a Final Four run every single season. For all you “Fire Cal” people out there….just shut up! You can’t be pleased! That would be the stupidest decision any university has made in a very long time. GO BIG BLUE NATION AND FULLY IN CAL I TRUST!