The Kentucky Wildcats were looking for a fast start in order to get Florida on edge early. With an electric pregame atmosphere and a large crowd on hand, the Wildcats were able to jump out to a big lead early. A 7-2 lead early was quickly wiped away with a run by Florida, who took the lead for a brief moment. Fortunately for Kentucky, Andrew Harrison was able to hit a layup just before the under-12 timeout that gave UK an 11-10 lead heading into the commercial break.
The game continued to be a back-and-forth. Defined by crazy shots by James Young and some monster putback slams on Florida’s fast breaks, the game felt as though it would come down to the wire toward the end of the game. On the defensive end of the court, Kentucky was able to get Florida off-centered a bit. This forced some errors, including an offensive goaltending heading into the under-4 timeout, where the Wildcats were leading by two, 25-23.
Kentucky was able to pull away a little bit, extending their lead to six points at one point in the half. Florida did fight back toward the end of the first half, cutting the lead to three. The Wildcats were able to get a shot up at the buzzer, missing the mark just a bit and heading into the half with a 31-28. If Kentucky can come out of halftime like they did in the first half, they should have no trouble at all pulling away and winning big!
This is your first half update. Check back for more on the game later.