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UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY at FLORIDA

RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.

MARCH 3, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 10,558

Final Score: RV/RV Florida 80, #23/25 Kentucky 67

                                                         

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky had its four-game winning streak snapped and is 21-10 overall to finish the regular season. Kentucky concluded the Southeastern Conference season 10-8 in league play. Florida is 20-11, 11-7 in the SEC. 
  • Kentucky leads the series 100-40
    • UK leads 35-26 in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky will begin the SEC Tournament next week in St. Louis with opponent and game time to be determined later Saturday as all the conference games finish.
    • If Missouri defeats Arkansas at 6:30 p.m. ET, Kentucky will be the No. 4 seed and get a double bye, not playing until Friday.
    • If Arkansas beats Missouri, UK will be the No. 5 seed and play Thursday.

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the seventh time this season. UK is 5-2 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky extended its streak of 1,044 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Knox connected with 18:38 on the clock.
  • Florida used an 8-0 run over 3:18 to open up its first double-digit lead with 6:05 to play, 28-17, forcing a UK timeout.
  • Florida’s largest lead in the first half was 17 with 1:35 to play.
  • Florida made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts to close the half. That run included three straight 3-pointers between the 3:57 and 2:28 marks.
  • Florida’s 48 first-half points tied West Virginia for the most in a first half by a UK opponent this year.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander had 10 points, marking the sixth time this season he’s had double figures in the first half, and the second in a row.

In the Second Half

  • Florida made its first six field-goal attempts of the second half.
    • Stretched to the 6:52 mark in the first half, Florida made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts and eight of them were 3-pointers.
  • Florida opened up a 62-39 lead at the 16:04 mark when Egor Koulechov hit a 3-pointer. UF’s 23-point lead tied for the biggest deficit UK has faced this year. The other time that occurred was Feb. 10 at Texas A&M.
  • UK held Florida without a field goal, an 0-of-10 stretch over between the 14:40 and 7:22 marks.
    • UK went on a 7-0 run over 2:52 to cut the UF lead into single digits 65-56 at the 6:48 mark.
    • Kentucky got no closer, as Florida answered with its own 7-0 run in less than a minute.

Team Notes

  • UK has scored at least 80 points in the last five games.
    • It’s the first time UK tallied at least 80 in five straight games since it was done eight games in a row last season.
  • Florida’s 80 points were the fifth most by a UK opponent this year.
  • UK blocked two shots, tying its season low for the fourth time.
  • Kentucky’s six assists were a season low.
  • UK got to the foul line 22 times, making 13, a 59.1-percent clip.
    • UK is shot 76.6 from the foul line during its recent four-game winning streak.
  • UK won the rebounding 36-34. UK is 19-5 this season when outrebounding the opponent.

Player Notes 

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 17 points, reaching that total for the second game in a row, while reaching double figures for the fourth game in a row.
  • Quade Green netted 11 points, including going 3 of 3 from 3-point range.
    • He’s made at least two 3-pointers in five straight games.
    • Over the last five games, he’s shooting 55-percent (11 of 20) from beyond the arc.
    • He has scored double figures in five straight games, the best stretch of his career.
    • He made three 3s in a game for the fourth time this year, but for the first time since Jan. 6.
  • PJ Washington scored 11 points, his sixth straight game in double figures, all off the bench.
    • That’s the best stretch of his career.
    • He added seven rebounds, the seventh straight game he has garnered at least five caroms.
  • Kevin Knox scored 14, his eighth straight game in double figures.

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 715-203 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 270-63 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 15-8 vs. Florida.
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