Feb 15, 2014 10:05 PM
The atmosphere was electric inside Rupp Arena as #14 UK hosted #3 Florida. The Gators leading the SEC with a two game cushion over the Wildcats.
If the importance of the game was bothering the young Wildcats starting line-up, it didn't show. UK jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead including a three pointer and baseline jumper from James Young.
Florida would throw the next punch going on an 8-0 run behind five points from Casey Pratcher. Then UK would score the next five.
After falling behind 19-16 going into the under eight minute timeout, Julius Randle calmly knocked down a three pointer from straight away. That would tie it back up at 19.
By the time the under 4 minute timeout arrived, UK was shooting 9-17 and had 6 assists on those made baskets. But, Florida was struggling with a 37% clip from the field on 9-of-26. That included 1-8 from behind the three point line.
The Rupp crowd erupted on the final UK basket of the half when Julius Randle was all alone for a huge two-handed slam.
UK leading 31-28 at the half. Randle with a team-high 10 points and 6 rebounds. James Young has 9 and Andrew Harrison has added 8 points. Florida is led by Casey Prather's 12.