Kentucky’s three-game winning streak was snapped today at the hands of Florida by a score of 71-67. It was tight all the way down the stretch, as the Gators never possessed a lead greater than four points, but UK was once again unable to finish with victory.
A big reason for Kentucky’s first loss to Florida in the last five matchups was their inability to put together a string of stops. The Gators shot 52% from the field, including 7/15 from downtown. In contrast to the first battle in Gainesville where UK held sophomore guard Tre Mann to just seven points on 2/9 shooting, the phenom exploded today, making 7 of 11 field goals and finishing with 21 points.
Florida also began to lock up the Cats in the second half. They went to a matchup zone that gave UK fits on nearly every possession, as the Cats shot 9/27 from the field including 1/11 from downtown in the last 20 minutes. Kentucky’s winless trend while having a negative assist/turnover ratio continued, as they had 15 turnovers and just seven assists.
Other than grad transfer guard Davion Mintz, who scored 21 points on 7/14 shooting from the field, no individual performance really pops out on the stat sheet. Freshman guard BJ Boston scored eight of the team’s first ten points, but only scored five in the rest of the outing. After averaging 16 points per outing over a three-game stretch, Isaiah Jackson scored just 11 points, as he was constantly dealing with foul trouble.
So, it was another setback in a year full of them. UK is now 8-14, with their only hopes of involvement in March Madness coming from the automatic bid granted from winning the SEC Tournament.