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UK-Florida postgame notes, numbers

Kevin Knox and Kentucky could not slow down Florida Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

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

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

 

2 comments

  1. Oh…..just another national embarrassment on TV. I wonder how quick Quade will be to pick up the mic before the next game? This team is pure Fools Gold. We can’t shoot..how many shots did we miss at the rim?, we can’t pass, we don’t have good ball movement, we can’t defend the rim, and we can’t work the ball into the rim on offense. One would think Coach Cal would be smart enough at this stage of his career to be able to put his best 5 players on the floor to start a game. Wenyan, Richards, and Diallo all had “O” points at the half and ended up with a collective 8 for the game. I hate the thought of having to look at both Diallo and Richards for another year. They are not exactly team builders. If Richards were to remove that shag carpet from the top of his head it might allow a few new brain cells to penetrate. He couldn’t even get motivated by a calling out by Cal on KSR. He looks like a thug, looks like Tarzan, and plays worse than Jane.

  2. My guess is that Richards and Diallo will transfer, Knox will be a second round pick in the NBA, (G league), and who knows what the rest of this bunch is thinking. The key to next year is getting Montgomery. Adding a couple of shooters in Baker and Herro will help too, but nothing will matter until they all put the team first. Cal needs to replace his “players first” approach with a “team first” focus. Other teams are getting the NBA talent now, its time to approach KY basketball as a team committed to winning college games, not NBA games.

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