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Numbers favor Florida by 3 points

Immanuel Quickley was all smiles after UK beat Florida in February. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By Richard Cheeks, Contributing Writer

Barely a week ago, the Cats moved into a 3 game lead over a trio of SEC teams tied for 2nd place with a reasonable expectation that the Cats would walk into Gainesville for the season finale against the Gators with that huge 3 game lead, but on Tuesday night, the Cats let Tennessee escape Rupp Arena with an 8 point win despite a Kentucky 17 point lead after the first few minutes of the second half.

This collapse has produced speculation, indeed guesswork about how this could have happened given the 8 game winning streak that ended with this second half collapse.

This will be the second meeting for the Cats and Gators in 2 weeks since the Cats handed the Gators a 6 point loss at Rupp Arena. Each team has won 2 and lost 1 since that meeting.

FLORIDA brings its 19-11, 11-6 record into their Senior Day encounter with the Cats. FLORIDA’s season ANE is 0.209 ppp against a schedule strength of 0.121 ppp and an average tempo of 66.5 possessions per game.

Kentucky’s season ANE of 0.207 ppp against a schedule strength of 0.086 ppp at an average tempo of 68.8. The ANE analysis based on these season profiles points to a 3 point Florida win, 71-68 in a game played with 68 possessions.

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  1. UK scored its 71 points on 58 possessions (1.224 ppp) for the game, and FLORIDA scored its 70 points on 59 possessions (1.186 ppp).

    Kentucky won the battle on the boards 30-22 and won the battle on the offensive glass 14-5. Kentucky had a 21-6 advantage on second chance points. FLORIDA had an offensive efficiency of 1.085 ppp on its 65 59 first chance possessions and 1.200 ppp for its 5 second chance possessions. UK had 0.862 ppp on its 58 first chance possessions and 1.500 ppp on its 14 second chance possessions. With respect to the offensive rebounding, UK grabbed 45.2%of its misses as offensive rebounds while FLORIDA was able to convert 23.8% of its misses into bonus possessions with offensive rebounds.

    UK hit well from the free throw line in this game, making 9-11 [81.8%]. FLORIDA made 13-17 [76.5%] for the game. Field goal shooting for UK was 27-57 overall [47.4%] and 8-13 from long range [61.5%]. For FLORIDA, their field goal shooting from inside the arc was 18-34 [52.9%] and from long range, FLORIDA hit 7-14 [50.0%].

    The Cats committed 9 turnovers, one for every 6.4 possessions. The Cats forced 10 FLORIDA turnovers, one for every 5.9 possessions.

    Next Game On Schedule: Friday afternoon in the first game of the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals against Thursday’s winner of the #8 and #9 seeds, to be determined later today. The post season now begins.

  2. This is an outstanding win for this team. Congratulations to each of the players for one of the grittiest efforts I can remember.

    1. Yeah, imagine that, and as sorry as you have said this team is, and our HOF Coach snags another victory. Imagine that Professor.

  3. Yes sir Professor

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