Kentucky's bench hasn't felt like that of a normal backup unit. In fact, there are times where many Kentucky fans may think their first three off the bench provides the greatest scoring punch. That was the case today, with 15 of the Wildcats 33 first-half points coming off the bench. Only two starters scored for Kentucky (Knox 8, Gilgeous Alexander 10).
Quade Green led the way off the bench scoring nine points, while PJ Washington was playing good basketball before picking up his second foul midway through the half.
Kentucky had been playing their best defense of the season in recent weeks, but Florida was scoring at will in the first half. The Gators shot 56% as a team, with Jalen Hudson's 17 points on 6-9 shooting leading the way. Florida hit six of 13 three-pointers in the first half.
A Quade Green three tied up the game at 14, but from there it was all Gators. Florida outscored the Cats 34-19 from that point and finished the half hitting eight of their final nine shots.
Kentucky will have to take care of the ball better in half number two, as the Wildcats compiled eight first-half turnovers which led to easy Florida buckets.