Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some Notes From Kentucky's Embarrassing Blow-Out Loss To Florida

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky at Florida, Stephen F. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Feb. 4, 2017Attendance: 11,171 

Final Score: No. 24/23 Florida 88, No. 8/6 Kentucky 66
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky dropped to 18-5 overall while Florida improved to 18-5
o   Kentucky and Florida are now tied in second place in the Southeastern Conference at 8-2, a game behind South Carolina (9-1)
·        Kentucky leads the series 99-38
o   UK is 35-25 in Gainesville  
o   The Wildcats had won five in a row against Florida, after Florida won all three matchups in the 2013-14 season
·        Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats will return to Rupp Arena Tuesday against LSU at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN

In the First Half
·        Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Dominique Hawkins for the first time this season
o   Hawkins made his third start of the season, and the first since Nov. 25, 2016
o   De’Aaron Fox, who missed the game against Georgia on Tuesday, entered early in the first half
o   Mychal Mulder also returned to the lineup after a four-game absence
·        Wenyen Gabriel extended Kentucky’s streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer to 998 at the 17:01 mark
·        Florida never trailed and opened its lead up to double-digits with 05:16 to play on a Devin Robinson 3-pointer to make it 27-17
·        UK scored a season-low 26 first-half points. UK’s season-low has decreased each of the last three games
·        Florida’s 34 first-half rebounds were the most by a UK opponent in the opening stanza this year. A margin of nine more rebounds than Ole Miss pulled down in the previous high
·        Florida’s six made 3s in the first half tied Arizona State and UCLA for the most by a UK opponent this year

In the Second Half
·        Kentucky responded to a Florida 3-pointer to start the second half by going on a 7-0 run over the next 1:24
o   With UK within four points, 37-33 at the 17:44 mark, Florida scored the next five
·        Florida opened up a 67-52 lead at the 9:27 mark. The 15-point margin was UK’s largest deficit of the season
o   They stretched the lead to as much as 24 with 0:22 to play

Team Notes
·        UK lost by double-digits for the first time this season
·        UK lost by 20 points or more for the first time since falling 88-58 at Tennessee Feb. 16, 2013. Notably Nerlens Noel suffered a season-ending ACL injury at Florida the game prior to that
·        Kentucky trailed by at least double-digits for the fourth straight game
·        Florida out-rebounded UK 54-29. The -25 rebounding margin was the worst of the Calipari era, eclipsing the -18 deficit in the aforementioned 2013 game at Tennessee
o   UK’s 29 rebounds were its second fewest of the year (28 vs. Stephen F. Austin)
·        Calipari has a 680-192 (.780) on-court record, including a 235-52 (.819) mark at UK
·        Florida made 10 3-pointers, tying UCLA for the most by a UK opponent this year
·        The Gators blocked seven shots tying Texas A&M for the most by a UK opponent this year
·        Kentucky’s 66 points were a season low
o   UK tied its season low for made field goals with 23 (at Louisville, vs. Michigan State)
o   UK shot a season low 37 percent from the field
·        UK’s seven assists were a season low

Player Notes 
·        Freshman De’Aaron Fox returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game vs. Georgia due to illness and scored a team-high 19 points
·        It was the third-straight game reaching double-figures counting only games he’s played in
·        Freshman Malik Monk scored 11 points, continuing his streak of double-figure scoring in every game (23) this season
·        He was held scoreless in the first half for the second time this year. The other such occasion was the season-opener vs. SFA. That was the only other half Monk has been held scoreless this season
·        Senior Mychal Mulder returned after missing four games due to illness, and scored eight points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field, including two 3s
·        Freshman Bam Adebayo scored nine points, and grabbed seven rebounds
·        He tallied a career-high four assists

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