UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. FLORIDA
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
MARCH 9, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 24,456
Final Score: No. 6 Kentucky 66, Florida 57
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky ends the regular season 26-5 overall and 15-3 in the Southeastern Conference.
UK could still win a share of the SEC regular-season championship but it will take an LSU home loss tonight vs. Vanderbilt in order to tie for the title.
Florida is now 17-14 overall, 9-9 in league play.
Kentucky leads the series 102-40 and has won two in a row.
UK leads 52-10 in games played in Lexington.
Today marked the final game in the current configuration of Rupp Arena. Offseason renovation will add chairback seats to much of the upper deck and there will be a new capacity of approximately 20,500.
Today’s attendance of 24,456 was the second largest of the season and the sixth biggest in Rupp Arena history
Next for Kentucky is the SEC Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Nashville. UK will be the No. 2 seed and will play in the quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT in Nashville).
In the First Half
Kentucky started the combination of Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Jonny David, PJ Washington and EJ Montgomery for the first time. It was David’s first career start.
Kentucky had its largest lead of the half at 25-16 with 5:52 remaining. However, the Wildcats went cold and did not make a basket the rest of the half.
Meanwhile, the Gators closed the half on a 15-5 run and went to intermission ahead 31-30.
This is the fourth straight game that Kentucky has trailed at halftime. UK bounced back to win three of those games. UK is 7-2 this season when behind at the half.
In the Second Half
Kentucky opened with the second half with Hagans, Herro, Johnson, Washington and Montgomery.
Trailing 40-39, Washington scored a basket-and-one to put the Wildcats ahead with 12:45 on the clock and the Wildcats never trailed again.
That sparked a 15-2 run as Kentucky staked a 54-42 lead, its largest of the game. UK held Florida to only two points during that nine-minute stretch.
Florida got no closer than eight the rest of the way as the Wildcats held on for victory.
Kentucky dominated the rebounding, 39-23, and had an 11-7 advantage is second-chance points.
UK is 21-3 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
Kentucky has won all nine Senior Day games under Coach John Calipari. (There was no Senior Day in 2018.)
UK held Florida to 57 points. UK is 169-7 (.960) under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 points of fewer.
UK finished the season 17-1 in Rupp Arena.
This was the 24th season in the 43-year history of Rupp Arena that UK has had zero or one losses during the home schedule.
UK has an all-time record of 594-69 (.896) in Rupp Arena.
Tyler Herro led the balanced attack with 16 points and added six rebounds.
UK is 17-0 this season when he scores at least 15.
He made 4 of 4 free throws and has made 61 of his last 62 at the charity stripe.
Keldon Johnson had 14 points, his 23rd game this season in double figures, while adding seven rebounds.
Ashton Hagans had 14 points, his 10th double-figure game of the season and fourth in the last seven games.
PJ Washington totaled 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Calipari is now 301-69 at UK.
Calipari has a 746-209 all-time on-court record.
UK is 244-40 vs. Associated Press unranked competition under Calipari, and has won the last 12 in a row.