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Postgame Notes and Stats from Kentucky’s 71-67 loss to Florida

Just how disappointing was Kentucky’s home loss to Florida? What does it mean for the Wildcats as they look ahead to the final week of the regular season?

Check out the official game notes and statistics, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Final Score: Florida 71, Kentucky 67 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky fall to 8-14 overall, 7-8 in the Southeastern Conference.
    • The loss snaps UK’s three-game winning streak, which was tied for its longest of the season.
  • Florida improves to 13-6 overall, 8-6 in league play.
  • Kentucky still leads the overall series 105-41, including 53-11 in games played in Lexington, but today ended a five-game winning streak vs. Florida.
    • It marks just the fifth time in the series history the two schools have split the regular-season series with wins on the road.
  • Next: Kentucky has its last regular-season away game Tuesday at Ole Miss. The game begins at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT in Oxford, Mississippi) and will be televised on ESPN.

Player Notes 

  • Graduate student Davion Mintz and seniors Olivier Sarr and Riley Welch were honored before the game on Senior Day. A decision has not been made yet as to whether they will use their COVID-19 extra season of eligibility.
  • Davion Mintz posted a season-high and career-high-tying 21 points. His previous 21-point effort came on Jan. 9, 2019, vs. Marquette.
    • He made two 3-pointers his fifth consecutive game with multiple long balls and the eighth time in the last nine games.
    • He made all five of his foul shots, adding three rebounds and a season-high three steals.
    • Mintz has scored in double figures in three straight games and is averaging 18.0 points on 45.9% shooting with 11 combined 3-pointers.
    • He has led UK in scoring a team-high nine times this season.
  • Brandon Boston Jr. contributed 13 points – 11 in the first half — including 6 of 6 at the foul line.
    • Six free throws matched his season high, also occurring vs. Florida.
    • It is his team-leading 16th game in double figures this season.
  • Isaiah Jackson played an efficient offensive game, making all four field goal attempts and 3 of 4 free throws for 11 points, but was limited to 16 foul-plagued minutes.
    • It is his fourth game in a row to score in double figures and he is averaging 15 points per game during that span.
    • Led the Wildcats in rebounding with five and blocked shots with three.
  • Jacob Toppin continued his recent strong play off the bench with 11 points and three rebounds.
    • He is averaging 11 points per game over the last three contests.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari is now 338-91 at UK.
  • Calipari has a 783-231 all-time on-court record.
  • UK is 274-53 under Calipari against teams unranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
  • Calipari is 20-9 in his career against Florida.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky is now 95-21 all-time on Senior Day and 9-2 under Calipari. UK did not have a senior on its roster for the 2017-18 season.
  • The closely contested game featured nine ties and 14 lead changes, with the teams separated by no more than four points the entire second half.
  • UK made 25 of 29 free throws today, 86.2%.
    • During the last three games, the Wildcats have hit 66 of 74, 89.2%.
  • With seven assists and 15 turnovers, UK is now 0-12 this season when having a negative assist/TO margin.
    • It snapped a season-long four-game streak with more assists than turnovers.
  • UK led by as many as 10 points. UK is 287-12 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during the game but fell to 6-4 this season.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky started Riley Welch, Davion Mintz, Brandon Boston Jr., Isaiah Jackson and Olivier Sarr for the first time as Welch made his first start at Kentucky and first of his career.
    • It’s the eighth different starting lineup for UK this season in 22 games.
    • Devin Askew was the first substitute at the 17:12 mark.
  • Trailing 5-2, an 11-0 UK run gave the Wildcats a 13-5 advantage with two traditional and one plays during the stretch.
  • UK stretched the lead to 10 at 26-16, but the Gators countered with a pair of 8-0 runs to go ahead 38-35.
    • The first 8-0 run featured three UK turnovers and no field-goal attempts.
  • After a Mintz 3-pointer at the 13:59 mark, Kentucky made just one field goal until the 50-second mark but stayed in the game thanks to 14 free throws during the stretch.
    • The lone field goal was a Mintz 3-pointer with 7:31 to play. UK went more than five and a half minutes prior to that 3 without a field-goal attempt because of turnovers and free throws.
  • Kentucky got the last four points of the half and went to intermission with a 39-38 edge.
  • Mintz led the Wildcats with 13 points and Boston had 11.
    • Mintz has scored double figures in the first half for three straight games, averaging 12.7 points during those three games.
  • UK offset nine first-half turnovers and just 21 field-goal attempts by making 10 of them and going 16 of 17 from the free-throw line.
    • Kentucky is now 5-6 this season when leading at halftime. 

In the Second Half

  • Kentucky opened the second half with its traditional lineup of the last few weeks with Devin Askew at point guard alongside Mintz, Boston Jr., Jackson and Sarr.
  • The game went back and forth the entire second half, with neither team leading by more than four points at any time.
  • Trailing 63-62 with 3:46 remaining, Florida put together a five-point spurt to go ahead 67-63.
  • The Gators made four foul shots in the final 23 seconds to hold on for the win.
  • The Wildcats only made 9 of 27 shots in the second half and were 1 of 11 from 3.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Postgame Notes and Stats from Kentucky’s 71-67 loss to Florida

  1. Kfckernel
    9:54 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    1-11 from 3! If we only had an expert 3 pt shooter. I guess we will keep our eyes open in case somebody comes our way.

  2. VMI1957
    11:27 pm February 27, 2021 Permalink

    If that 3 pt shooter comes from Kentucky that player will never see the court but ride the bench.

  3. VirginiaCat
    10:46 am February 28, 2021 Permalink

    I would love to see Allen succeed at Kentucky, but I have to acknowledge that he is limited. He plays scared, which is partly Cal’s fault for the way that he has mismanaged him. Allen is noticeably awkward on the court and lacking in self confidence. His ball handling skills are mediocre and he is slow afoot. He is a liability on defense. I think Allen would benefit from training that focuses on his ball handling skills and agility. He is a hard worker and can improve his game if he gets the right guidance. Unfortunately, that will probably not happen at Kentucky, I would like to see him stay with the Cats, but my guess is that he will enter the transfer portal. I am starting to think Ware may join him in the portal. I noticed in the Florida game that his body language and facial expressions were not positive. I hope that I am wrong because Ware is a warrior who has the potential to be a major contributor.

    • Keith Branstetter
      1:47 pm February 28, 2021 Permalink

      VirginiaCat, I agree with most of your thoughts. Allen has been broken. Early on he got yelled at or benched for not shooting when he wasn’t open or set, then had a stretch where he shot bad shots and wasn’t ready, then a couple games missed some open shots. Now he is scared stiff every time he goes in. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. And now we don’t look for him when he is in the game. Very baffling.

  4. CahillsCrossingNT
    3:13 pm February 28, 2021 Permalink

    This program is in worse shape than at any time in the last 50 years. And yes, people, I know the history of this program better than any of you.

  5. AzUKfan
    11:37 pm February 28, 2021 Permalink

    Kentucky adds another dubious distinction. With its defeat, UK is 4-6 this season in games played in Rupp Arena.
    With only the rescheduled contest with South Carolina on March 6 remaining on the home schedule, the 2020-21 Cats will be the first UK team in the 45-year history of Rupp Arena to have a losing record in home games.