Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2018

This is the first time this season United Kingdom has lost consecutive games.

While neither team shot well from long-range, Florida held Kentucky to 4-17 shooting from beyond the arc. Except, the Wildcats also made just 23 percent of their 3-pointers Saturday and have hit only 5 of 28 in consecutive losses to SC and Florida. ESPN's College Gameday will make its season debut in Lexington tomorrow morning and UK/Florida is slated for primetime on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. ET.

It doesn't take much to send Big Blue Nation into panic mode. We're going to win some more games, obviously. "We're going to start winning again, and I feel like we're going to get back on a roll eventually". "What I saw today, [Florida] is one of the best offensive teams in the country. They gave themselves a chance to win". Both programs have reached Final Fours and national championships, including the Final Four in 2014 that included both the Wildcats and Gators. Washington answered with a layup to tie it for Kentucky. Hudson made a pair of big free throws with 31 seconds left to put Florida up 66-61, though Keith Stone missed front end of a one-and-one with 19.9 seconds left almost proved to be disastrous.

Quade Green drove the lane but missed a jumper after absorbing some contact. There was no call.

Calipari has won a bunch of games with this model. You would ask me that? "Be panicked. I'm glad I'm not sitting with you, because I am fine".

The Wildcats have yet to develop that one scorer who can light a fire under the offense. Calipari said the Wildcats will be "fine" six times Saturday night in front of the cameras. Do we have a ways to go? The Wildcats coughed up mind-boggling turnovers, had another disgusting 3-point shooting night, turned a rousing start into a rotten finish again. The No. 18 Wildcats blew a 14-point second-half lead earlier this week at SC.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 10 points and led the Wildcats with six assists. Both had only 10 points.

"At the end of the day we had our chances, and I love the fact we fought", Calipari said.

It hasn't been a good week for Kentucky basketball. If it holds an opponent to 33 percent and 6-of-20 shooting from three, the locker room should be celebratory. It's not the end of the world.

Calipari's insistence is that the team is fine, and I'd be inclined to agree with him. He does need to get more minutes for Jared Vanderbilt, as he is able to find them. Six different United Kingdom players had two or more miscues. Sasha Killeya-Jones played only 12 minutes, but had seven points and three rebounds and Kentucky was plus-13 while he was on the court. Kevin Knox had nine points, while Hamidou Diallo and Nick Richards had eight each.

Up next: Florida gets a two-game homestand next week when it hosts SC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Baylor in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday at noon. I'm not anxious after this, we'll be fine. "They do this and they stay this course and this is who we are, we'll be fine".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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