Kentucky-Florida Postgame Notes

March 8, 2014

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Team Records, Notes

  • Kentucky falls to 22-9, and 12-6 in conference, while Florida improves to 29-2, and 18-0 in Southeastern Conference action.
  • Kentucky still leads the series 94-36 including a 33-24 record when the game is played in Gainesville.
  • Today’s contest concludes the 2013-14 regular season. UK has clinched the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 12 in Atlanta, Ga. UK has a double-bye and will not play until 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14.
  • Kentucky is now 6-14 all-time against teams owning the Associated Press’ No. 1 ranking. UK is 1-2 when Florida is the nation’s top-ranked squad.
  • Today’s attendance was 12,604.

Team Facts

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup was sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshmen Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young. UK previously used that lineup for the first three games of the season and again for a 13 game stretch in the middle of the season. UK is 11-6 with that lineup as the starters.
  • Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for UK. It was his team-leading 17th time this season as the team’s first substitution.
  • Young hit a 3-pointer at the 17:50 mark in the opening half to extend UK’s 3-streak to 891 consecutive games. It is the third largest streak in the country.
  • UK trailed 49-28 at halftime. It is the largest halftime deficit of the season for UK. The Wildcats are 4-7 overall and 2-5 in conference this season when trailing at the break.
  • Florida’s 59.6 field goal percentage and 60 percent from behind the arc marks the best shooting performance by a UK opponent this year.

First Half Facts

  • A 5-0 spurt in between media timeouts gave the Gators a 17-8 advantage into the second media break with 11:46 remaining in the opening half.
  • Trailing 44-22, it marked the largest deficit the Cats have faced this season.

Second Half Facts

  • A 15-0 run by Kentucky brought the game all the way back to a two possession contest on a hook shot from Dakari Johnson to make the score 53-47 with just over 12 minutes to play. The run tied the most consecutive points scored by the Wildcats this season.
  • Leading 72-60 with 3:49 to play in the game, Florida scored seven consecutive points to pull away and take a 19-point lead with 1:45 remaining.

Individual Notes

  • Andrew Harrison tallied eight points and five assists.
    • Logged a career-high three steals.
    • Had four assists before halftime.
    • Dished out five assists, his most assists in a game since Feb. 4, vs. Ole Miss and seventh consecutive game with at least three assists.
  • Dakari Johnson recorded nine points and five rebounds.
    • Has scored at least eight points in each of the last three games.
  • Julius Randle led Kentucky with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
    • Notched his team-leading 26th double-figure scoring effort of the year.
    • Logged his 18th double-double of the season. He has seven in the last eight games.
  • James Young knocked down three 3s in the first half.
    • Posted his 22nd double-figure scoring effort of the season.